Women's Wellness Spotlight - Get to know Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum of the Life Balance & Wellness Institute

 Dr. Shanesha R. F Brooks-Tatum

Dr. Shanesha R. F Brooks-Tatum

Recognizing the persistent need for resources and support services around Black women’s wellness, the National Annual Black Women’s Life Balance and Wellness Conference, founded in 2010, is now the Life Balance and Wellness Institute. The National Annual Black Women’s Life Balance and Wellness Conference was founded in 2010 by Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum. In light of the need for a space for honest, open dialogue about the challenges to health and wellness that Black women face, the conference was one of the first to foreground and connect facets of wellness beyond (but including) physical health disparities. The model of the conference is to privilege the voices and experiences of Black women through interactive workshops and sessions.

Dr. Shanesha R. F Brooks-Tatum is a self-described warrior for women’s wellness. As Founder and President of the National Annual Black Women’s Life Balance and Wellness Conference, Dr. Brooks-Tatum is committed to working to provide an open, honest, and intergenerational space for women to learn and share strategies for achieving balance and wellness in all areas of life.  She recently received the 2016 Rising Star Award from the International Journal of Ethnic College Health for her commitment to women, girls, and students of color's health and wellness in her role as Founder/CEO of LBWI. Dr. Brooks-Tatum earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in American Studies and graduated summa cum laude from UC Berkeley with a double-major in English and African Diaspora Studies.