A conversation with Enola Aird

Press Release

A conversation with Enola Aird

NEW HAVEN, CT (January 9, 2014):  The Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (CONNCAT) will host a discussion with Enola Aird at our Science Park facility at 6:00 p.m. on January 29, 2014.


The event is aptly titled Emotional Emancipation: The Crucial Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement: A conversation with Enola G. Aird, founder and president of Community Healing Network, Inc. (CHN)


About CHN:

CHN’s mission is to reduce violence, improve health, strengthen families, and transform conditions in the Black community by inspiring the creation of a grassroots network of self-help groups focused on healing from the emotional legacies of enslavement and racism.

Our vision is a world in which Black people are free of internalized racism and its effects, and emotionally empowered to enjoy life in all its fullness. www.communityhealingnet.org


“We are honored to host Enola Aird at CONNCAT. Enola is a true and courageous servant leader, and champion for those who live with their backs against the wall,” said Erik Clemons, CONNCAT’s CEO and President.


The event will include an opportunity for guests to tour CONNCAT’s facility and learn more about the Center’s work in the New Haven community.

To RSVP or obtain more details about the reception, contact Opal Harmon, oharmon@conncat.org, or (203) 823-9823.



CONNCAT is a 501C(3) affiliate of the National Center for Arts & Technology and is modeled on the nationally acclaimed Manchester-Bidwell model founded in Pittsburgh by Bill Strickland. The Center, which opened in 2012, currently offers a youth arts program and an adult job-training program. The youth program includes Digital Studio and Design Studio courses, and is offered at no cost to underachieving students identified by New Haven and Hamden public schools. The intention is to leverage the demonstrated value of arts education as a weapon against high dropout rates.


CONNCAT’s adult program provides affordable industry-specific job training to the city’s under-employed and unemployed adults. With assistance from partners including Yale-New Haven Hospital, CONNCAT carefully selected and developed programs in medical coding and phlebotomy.  The programs provide students with practical, in-demand skills that can move them into meaningful employment. CONNCAT’s adult programs are free of charge, but students must demonstrate commitment by meeting registration, attendance, behavioral, and course completion requirements.


For more information, visit www.conncat.org.




Enola G. Aird is an activist mother, a lawyer, and the founder and president of Community Healing Network, Inc., which is working with the Association of Black Psychologists to build a grassroots movement to overcome the lie of Black inferiority and the emotional legacies of enslavement and racism.


A former corporate lawyer, Aird has worked at the Children’s Defense Fund, leading its violence prevention program and serving as acting director of its Black Community Crusade for Children; is a past chair of the Connecticut Commission on Children; and was a visiting scholar at the Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston.

Among her publications are: Toward a Renaissance for the African American Family: Confronting the Lie of Black Inferiority; Making the Wounded Whole: Marriage as Civil Right and Civic Responsibility; and Our Foundational Covenant: Strengthening the Family.

Aird is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Barnard College and received her J.D. from Yale Law School. She was born in the Republic of Panama, and she and her husband, Stephen L. Carter, are the parents of two children.