Kumari Ghafoor-Davis, MSWDirector of the Campaign For Racial and Ethnic Justice, Community Action Committee of Lehigh Valley
Kumari Ghafoor-Davis, MSW has over 25 years experience in social services. She has worked with children in families for majority of those years in schools, inpatient and outpatient programs, independent living/aging out programs for foster care youth, group homes, half way houses, and crisis units for adults and children in roles of Direct Care and Administrator. She graduated from Columbia University with her Master’s in Social Work and is working toward completing her PhD in Social Policy.
She is currently the Director of the Campaign For Racial and Ethnic Justice for Community Action Committee of Lehigh Valley (CACLV). The Campaign offers College Prep and Empowerment Programs to over 200 Bethlehem students, in elementary through high school to close the wealth gap for communities of color as well as engage the community in racial conversations.
As a Social Worker and Parent Coach/Expert, Kumari’s consulting company Optimistic Expectations offers workshops to parents to offer more tools in their parental journey and students to promote more personal, emotional, mental, academic and social success.
In her parent workshops, she uses her book Real Talk: Ten Parenting Strategies to Raise Confident Successful Children which has a curriculum and gives practical strategies to raise children who are self- confident, integrity- filled and resilient. Kumari has created the game “Family Values: The Game That Gets Families Talking” that encourages families to have more communication, engage, and get to know each other better.
Optimistic Expectations also provides Professional Development Trainings to teachers, administrators and auxiliary staff on topics such as; Professionalism, Conflict Resolution, Cultural Sensitivity, Implicit Bias, Importance of Cultural Responsiveness in Schools, etc.
Kumari’s style is hands-on interactive training/workshops, with a goal to provide practical skills that will aid participants to be more efficient and productive in their role as parent, student and/or teacher/administrator. Her company provides in-service trainings and facilitates workshops for; churches, non-profits, public/ private schools, and day care centers.
She has been an adjunct professor in continuing education for Essex County, Passaic County, Montclair State, Seton Hall Universities and Hunter College in their Sociology and Social Work Departments since 2002.
Kumari is the Education Committee Chair for MOBB United. She has been a member since 2016.