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CYMS Staff

Daniel White Hodge, Director

Daniel White HodgeDaniel White Hodge PhD, has over 17 years of urban youth work under his belt. He has worked for and with organizations such as Young Life and World Vision and has done work with undocumented youth in Los Angeles. He was a youth pastor for many years and continues to advocate for urban youth justice issues.

Dr. Hodge has taught at Cal State University Northridge's religious studies department as well as Fuller Theological Seminary's school of intercultural studies. As a speaker, writer, and activist he has spoken on many college campuses including Stanford University, UCLA, USC, and Union Theological Seminary. Dan teaches classes around the world on subjects such as Black popular culture, personality and the self, Hip Hop discourse, and race/ethnicity within religion.

Dan's two current books are Heaven Has A Ghetto: The Missiological Gospel & Theology of Tupac Amaru Shakur (VDM 2009) and The Soul Of Hip Hop: Rimbs, Timbs, & A Cultural Theology (IVP 2010). He is currently working on a book titled The Hostile Gospel: Finding Religion In The Post Soul Theology of Hip Hop (Brill Academic, early 2012). He has published in Youth Worker Journal, Youth & Family Journal, and has several book chapters in various readers.

Dan and his wife, Emily, are most proud of their dancing daughter Mahalia Joy. Learn more about Dr. White Hodge at www.whitehodge.com.

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Alison Burkhardt, Associate Director

Alison BurkhardtAlison Burkhardt holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in nonprofit arts management from Culver-Stockton College in Missouri, an master's of fine arts in nonprofit theatre management from Wayne State University in Detroit, and masters degrees from North Park University in higher education and nonprofit administration.

Alison has been involved in youth ministry for over 20 years, and is passionate about youth work, racial reconciliation, and para-church/nonprofit sustainability. She does consulting work with ministry and youth serving nonprofits, leads the Center's webinar series, and teaches workshops on racial reconciliation, soul care, and sustainability/management in youth ministry. In addition to her work of providing networking, connection, and resources for youth workers, she co-teaches North Park's Conversations on Race and Human Identity course with Marcus Simmons.

Contact Alison Burkhardt.