Calenthia Dowdy, PhD

Faith Initiatives

Director of Faith Initiatives

(215) 985-4448 (x253)
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Dr. Calenthia Dowdy has been the Director of Faith Initiatives at Philadelphia FIGHT since 2013. Her work with FIGHT has focused on building partnerships between FIGHT and the city’s faith communities in order to educate and eradicate stigma and misinformation about HIV/AIDS. Dowdy teaches a course called “Faithful TEACH” open to Philadelphia’s faith leaders, with the objective of exploring the connections between spirituality and healing while also building compassion and understanding, and better equipping communities to serve and be in authentic relationship with people living with HIV/AIDS.  Dowdy earned a Ph.D. in cultural anthropologist and has taught on college faculties in the city, and is a workshop facilitator for diversity and anti-oppression trainings with the Roots of Justice training team.

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