The National Center for Race Amity (NCRA) was established in January 2010. It is based at Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and received its founding grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
A sustainable organization, NCRA's programs generate income to support itself and its programs. The National Center for Race Amity has several initiatives: expansion of the Campus Conversations on Race model in a national network of colleges that employ the strategy of training student co-facilitators to guide peer group discussions on race and ethnicity; development of theater based race amity education programs targeting middle school students; and impacting the public discourse on race through the annual National Race Amity Conference, organizing the Towards E Pluribus Unum initiative which seeks to establish National Race Amity Day, and research and development of The Human Being Curriculum® for national and international dissemination.
William H. 'Smitty' Smith, Ed. D.
William H. Smith is the founding executive director of the National Center for Race Amity based at Wheelock College in Boston, MA. His prior higher education assignment was as executive director of the Center for Diversity in the Communication Industries at Emerson College in Boston, MA.
Smith's college career began when he integrated Division One football in the old Confederate South at Wake Forest College. He was profiled in the Sports Illustrated cover story (November 7, 2005) as one of the pioneers who changed the face of college football. He left Wake Forest to work as a community organizer in the Civil Rights Movement and was then drafted into the US Army. He graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst after serving as a medic in Vietnam, where he was awarded two Bronze Star stars and the Combat Medic Badge. Dr. Smith earned his doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Smith founded and served as president and general manager of WNDS TV, a full power UHF station in Derry, New Hampshire (presently MY TV) and later formed the film and multimedia company, ComTel Productions, Inc. which he headed for fourteen years.
Smith has addressed issues of race and diversity in his work with civic, philanthropic and religious organizations including the Phelps Stokes Fund where he serves as a trustee and Senior Fellow: the Regional Bahá'í Council for the Northeast States on which he served for ten years; the Media Advisor to the National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS); and the Board of Directors of the Africa Media Image Project. In 2000 he organized the historic Joint Congressional Resolution establishing a National Day of Honor to recognize the service of African American and other minority soldiers in World War II. In conjunction with that event, he wrote and produced an award winning documentary film, "The Invisible Soldiers: Unheard Voices," which aired on PBS. Smith coordinated the national initiatives "Neighborhood Conversations on Race: A Talk Worth Having" and "Campus Conversations on Race" (CCOR) and the handbooks which support those programs. He founded the Campus Conversations on Race College Network whose sixteen member colleges are slated to grow to two hundred and fifty under the focused support of the National Center for Race Amity.
Smith has received awards from numerous organizations including the International Academy of Communications Arts and Sciences, the National Association for Black Veterans, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, Screen Actors Guild Diversity in Production Award, National Association of Government Communicators, and the National Education Association. He was presented with "The Key to the City of Greenville, S.C." his home town in 2007. Dr. Smith was selected as the Balfour Scholar by the Balfour Foundation, Bank America Trustee. In 2009 and 2010 Dr. Smith served as a keynote speaker and workshop leader at the annual Leadership Conference for Afro and Indigenous Colombian Fulbright Scholars held in Bogota, Colombia.
Tod M. Ewing
Tod Ewing has 25 years of experience in diversity, race relations and communication and is the owner of Hanna, Ewing and Associates based in Washington DC. Tod is a former director of Minority Affairs at St. Cloud University where he developed campus wide systematic processes and programs to address diversity issues. He is a national speaker on race relations and building models of cultural and racial unity. He is a certified mediator. Tod also provides facilitation skill training for those preparing to facilitate community based race related dialogues.
As a consultant he serves government agencies, businesses, community organizations, and schools throughout the United States. Tod has provided consulting and training for hundreds of teachers from Pre K-12 He has also provided training in the Caribbean and in Uganda.
Tod is co-author of a comprehensive leader's manual and student book entitled, "Building Cultural Bridges", now in its third edition, designed for educators and students. He is also the author/compiler of a spiritually based cultural and racial handbook based entitled "Toward Oneness." His most recent publication is titled Seeing Heaven in the Face of Black Men a semi-autobiographical book connecting his Black experience in the United States with the role that spirituality (as distinct from a particular religion) can play in bringing about racial unity and justice.
Tod received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud University and is currently completing his master's degree in Spiritual Psychology.