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2022 Academy Series Kickoff

June 1, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am EDT

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About this Event:

The 2022 Academy series Family Well-Being: Navigating the Social Justice Landscape kicked off on June 1st.

The 2022 Academy series has been designed to encourage service providers and professionals working with military families to view social justice as a pathway to family well-being. 

Asynchronous courses and panel discussions will equip you with skills to identify barriers that impact a family’s health and well-being and identify opportunities for social justice advocacy in your work!

Download the 2022 Academy series flyer!

Document your viewing of the kickoff event.  Certificate of Attendance

Course Enrollment

Three asynchronous courses have been designed by experts in their field, are self-paced and packed with valuable information, reflective activities and resources for service providers. Each course offers continuing education credit from various credentialing agencies. 

Learn about each course and other offerings for the 2022 Academy Series. 

Course Enrollment

Special Guests

Hear messages from our special guests! 

Mrs. Patricia M. BarronDeputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy

Patricia Barron

Mrs. Barron is currently responsible for a broad portfolio that includes policy, advocacy, and oversight of all community support to service members and their families. As an Army spouse for 30 years, she has been involved in myriad efforts to support military families.


Dr. Brenda Martin – National Program Leader with USDA-NIFA

Image of Brenda MartinDr. Brenda Martin is a National Program Leader with USDA-NIFA. Prior to joining USDA-NIFA, she worked in higher education as a university professor for twenty-four years, including seven years as department chairperson.  Dr. Martin holds memberships in several professional, educational, and civic organizations.

LinkedIn Group | A Space for Service Providers

The Academy series is supplemented by a LinkedIn Group, Family Well-Being: Navigating the Social Justice Landscape. Share your expertise and experiences with social justice in the delivery of services with us and other professionals! 

Meet Course Authors

Allison De Marco, MSW, Ph.D. |  Advanced Research Scientist

Allison De Marco

Dr. De Marco is an advanced research scientist at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and adjunct faculty at the School of Social Work at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on racial equity, poverty, neighborhood effects, work and family, and well-being for residents of rural communities. She examines issues of economic transitions and family work conditions and their effects on families in rural communities. 


Shawn O’Neal | Ph.D. Candidate

Shawn O'Neal

Mr. O’Neal has served as a Teaching Assistant, Instructor, and Lecturer in a range of courses, including Anti-Racism I and Anti-Racism II, as part of the Racial Equity Challenge for the University of Colorado Boulder and participating Institutes of Cognitive Science. He has also led the courses Introduction to Africana Studies, Introduction to Critical Hip Hop Studies, and Violence Against Women and Girls. His research experience includes archival and primary source work for North American Indigenous Peoples, Indian gaming, identity formation, Indian mascots, and media representation.


Keith Tidball, Ph.D. | Senior Extension Associate

Dr. Keith Tidball is pictured with short hair, eyeglasses, a collared shirt and a business jacket. He is looking straight ahead with a relaxed facial expression.Dr. Tidball is the Cornell University Senior Extension Associate and serves as the Principal Investigator for the OneOp Community Capacity Building team.  His experiences in the military and the field of international disaster response and relief inform his unique brand of applied scholarship, including stints throughout Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Dr. Tidball’s doctoral work focused on the role of community-based natural resource management in the Post-Katrina resilience of New Orleans. He continues to work in post-disaster contexts globally and disaster readiness, resilience, and response.


Eduardo González Jr. | Assistant Director – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Eduardo Gonzàlez Jr.Mr. González is a statewide Diversity Specialist for Cornell University Cooperative Extension. He is a Lead Facilitator in the Opening Doors Diversity Project. Eduardo is also a Youth Development Specialist with the Family and Youth Development program at Cornell University Cooperative Extension – New York City.


Julika von Stackelberg | Parenting & Family Life Educator

Julika von Stackelberg,

Ms. von Stackelberg is a resilience trainer and researcher who focuses on building communities of belonging based on strategies that promote well-being for all. She is a Family and Community Resilience Educator with Cornell University Cooperative Extension Orange County.


Stay Connected

Subscribe to the Military Family Readiness Academy mailing list to stay updated on this year’s Academy series and all future installments. 

We encourage you to share your experience with the 2022 Academy series on social media using #MFRAcademy!


June 1, 2022
11:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
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