Meet Our People
The Ubuntu Center is comprised of core research and administrative staff, a strategic council, post-doctoral fellows and the Ubuntu Movement Fellows. Hover or tap to see what Ubuntu means to each member of our team.
Our Leadership Team
Sharrelle Barber, ScD, MPH
Dr. Sharrelle Barber is a social epidemiologist and scholar-activist whose research focuses on the intersection of “place, race, and health” and examines the role of structural racism in shaping health and racial/ethnic health inequities among Blacks in the United States and Brazil. Dr. Barber is a faculty member in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. Deeply rooted in the rich legacy of “Black Women Radicals” from the South, the legacy of activism of her beloved alma mater, Bennett College, and experiences that have taken her to cities across the United States and Brazil, Dr. Barber seeks to use empirical research and scholarship to make the invisible visible and mobilize data for action.
Jennifer Ware, MPH
Jennifer Ware was born and raised in Philadelphia and is a proud Girls’ High Girl. She is the daughter of Dorothy and Richard, the sister of Jackie, the mother to two beautiful sons, Harlem and Davis, and the partner to Jared. Her passion in life is to unleash the power of collective action for social change that will lead to the liberation of all people.
She holds a Master of Public Health, from Simmons University, has worked to advance racial equity in southern Oregon through the coordination of a governor supported regional health equity coalition, and is the co-founder of the Southern Oregon Racial Equity Coalition (REC) formed following the killing of Michael Brown.
Tanisha Barnes was once part of a team that fought for heat and safe housing in various Brooklyn housing projects. She mentors young girls between the ages of 12 and 18 on how to increase their self-esteem by talking with them, shopping with them and teaching them basic computer skills.
Tanisha has always been a creative spirit and received her undergraduate degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and is graduating in Spring 2022 with her Bachelor of Arts in Non-Profit Communication. She plans to pursue her MPH degree in Health Equity and continue to fight the good fight. Tanisha plans to continue to do all she can for the betterment of the Black community, in particular the youth.
Our Strategic Council
The Ubuntu Center Strategic Council is comprised of internal and external researchers, and community innovators who will provide recommendations to expand the center’s impact and growth. This team of distinguished, passionate educators and founders work collectively to advance the integrity, ethics, mission and vision of the Center while at the same time preparing it for tomorrow’s challenges.
Our Ubuntu Movement Fellows
The inaugural Ubuntu Movement Fellows will work alongside the Center’s Director, Deputy Director and Strategic Council as thought and action partners to inform the work of the center. The Ubuntu Movement Fellows have a range of perspectives, expertise, and experience that will mobilize The Ubuntu Center’s strengths and capacities.