Cory Greene, Community Research and Training Manager
Cory Greene, Community Research and Training Manager, was born and raised in East Elmhurst/Corona Queens, New York. A scholar-activist with passion for both theory and practice, his experiences as a youth growing up in urban America have contributed to his understanding of the systemic inequalities that exist in under-served communities. As a result, he has committed to educational projects, advocacy and activism to change conditions for youth of color.
Cory spent seven years in prison, from age 21-28. During that time, he was part of a collective who shared and examined their experiences as youth in inner-city communities in an effort to better understand those experiences and develop a viable theory of social change. The work of the collective culminated in “How Our Lives Linked Altogether!” (H.O.L.L.A!), an award-winning youth leadership and healing program awarded an 2016 Echoing Green Fellowship. Cory presently serves as a lead organizer of H.O.L.L.A!.
Upon release from prison, Cory enrolled in LaGuardia Community College to study American Sign Language and support the Deaf community. When he graduated from LaGuardia he transferred to New York University, where, two years later, he received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology. He is presently a PhD candidate in the Critical Social/Personality Psychology program at The Graduate Center (CUNY) where his research efforts engage in Radical Healing, youth community organizing and Human Justice praxis and pedagogy.
To view a documentary on Cory, visit http://vimeo.com/49038747.