International Black Summit Interview Podcast: Lorraine “Dr. Rain” Warren, PhD
August 14, 2022
Black Summit Interviews
Season 1, Episode #5 – Lorraine “Dr. Rain” Warren, PhD
In this podcast episode, Glenn Greenidge and Grace Lawrence interview LORRAINE “DR. RAIN” WARREN, PhD about how she effectively uses the Summit Tools and Distinctions in her career, in her life, and in the Summit.
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Dr. Rain’s career as a facilitator, educator, and trainer in peace-building, dialogue, and conflict mediation has spanned over 20 years and has taken her to over 100 countries around the world, which include the continents of Africa, Asia, North America, South America, and Europe She was honored with the distinguished Legacy International Humanitarian Award in acknowledgement of having directly impacted the lives of over 34,000 youth and the Josephine “Scout” Wollman Fuller Award, by Psychologists for Social Responsibility, recognizing her outstanding contributions to the advancement of peace and social justice.
Dr. Rain is currently developing a project called, “Creating a World that Listens”, in which she takes red chairs to public places and provides a peaceful space in which she simply listens to the issues and concerns of everyday people. Often, she asks them to respond to the question, “What would you say if you knew the world would listen?” She has had profound conversations with all races and ages of people from 6 to 93 years of age. This project was inspired by her research in Rwanda interviewing survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Many of the survivors stated that “over 800,000 lives could have been saved if the world had listened.” She believes that the solutions to any community’s problems lay within that community. In other words, “it’s all in the circle.”
Dr. Rain’s first Summit was in 1992, Highland Park, MI., and she joined the Adult Facilitator Body that same year. She has held several accountabilities within the Summit Body which include Coordinator, Communicator, Administrator, Summit Historian, International Enfoldment Manager, Host, Leadership Council. Dr. Rain was designated a Senior Facilitator by the Original Five Facilitators of the International Black Summit, and has served as facilitator for several years, living her life through the Declaration, questions, and distinctions of the International Black Summit.
Dr. Rain holds a MA/PhD in Community, Liberation, Eco Psychologies, Masters degrees in Spiritual Psychology and Higher Education Administration. She completed her undergraduate degree at one of the nation’s first HBCU’s, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.
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