meet the TEAM

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nia eubanks-dixon

Founder/trainer

Nia Eubanks-Dixon (she/her)  is the founder and creator of Creative Praxis. The art-infused, healing-informed, and anti-racist trainings of Creative Praxis emerged from the research and experiences of Nia
Eubanks-Dixon. Nia comes to this work with over 20 years of experience working with diverse youth
and their communities around the world most impacted by systemic oppression.

Mrs. Eubanks-Dixon is an international master trainer/facilitator, counselor, professional
dancer/storyteller, teacher, and a therapeutic restorative community artist. Mrs. Eubanks-Dixon is
certified in life coaching, brief therapy counseling, crisis intervention, the dialogic process, restorative practices, interactive mediation, restorative arts, trauma healing, trauma informed spaces as well as de-escalation techniques.


In 2002, she received her BFA in Dance Education from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. In 2017 she received her Master’s Degree in Urban Studies with a concentration in Community Arts from Eastern University.


Mrs. Eubanks-Dixon has worked with and trained national and international organizations including American Friends Service Committee, District 1199C Training and Upgrading Fund,

Jill Scotts Blues Babe Foundation, Jobs for the Future, and Urban Bush Women to name a few.


Mrs. Eubanks-Dixon has had the opportunity to study under master facilitators and teachers
including Dr. Nathan Corbitt, Linda McClain, Rev. Dr. Clarence and Geri Pemberton, Jeannine
Osuande, Baba Chuck Davis and Jawole Zollar. She has developed a teaching and facilitation
approach that is arts-integrated, trauma-informed, community based, anti-racist/decolonizing, and restorative.

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SOPHIA BURNS

content specialist/trainer

Sophia Burns (she/her) is a community-based educator who serves as a co-facilitator and content specialist at Creative Praxis. As a former student leader and community organizer, Sophia became invested in youth programs that both fostered youth’s sense of collective belonging and identity development.

She led youth programs in Millbrook, New York and Camden, New Jersey, becoming interested in program design and development along the way. She joined Creative Praxis in 2019 to grow as a facilitator and to help tell Creative Praxis’ unique story. 

Sophia holds a BA in Urban Studies from Vassar College. During the spring of 2017, she studied at the Universidad Pedagógica Enrique José Varona in Havana, Cuba as a Benjamin A. Gilman Scholar. In 2020, Sophia became a certified yin yoga instructor (RYT-50). Currently, she is a member of the first cohort of the Emerging Writers’ Fellowship at Daily Kos.

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SAMUEL APONDI

administrative assistant/trainer

Samuel (he/him) has over 8 years of progressive experience in Project Management, Evaluation and Research. He has worked in projects focusing on Relief and Reconstruction, Health Care Support, Conflict Analysis, Business and Peace, Governance and Sexual Reproductive Health among others. 

Samuel has also been involved in Policy and Academic Research on Development issues cutting across various thematic areas. Samuel’s strength and passion is in organizational strategic development. He holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi, Kenya.  

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Lanica Angpak

trainer

Lanica Angpak (she/her) is a second generation Cambodian American woman from Philadelphia, PA.  She is a graduate of Temple University and the Community College of Philadelphia. Lanica is an artist and youth development professional.

Lanica's career has focused on providing opportunities for young people to create, explore, and succeed. She is dedicated to ensuring the best future for young people in Philadelphia and beyond. Additionally, Lanica is dedicated to her artistic journey. She is a formally trained Khmer classical dancer, aspiring archivist, and visual artist.


Lanica began dancing at the age of 7 years old, following her family’s legacy of artists and makers. Her grandmother was a textile artist, grandfather a farmer, mother a dancer, father a jeweler, and sister a writer. Over the years, Lanica has been an advocate for the arts as a form of activism. Lanica’s experience in artmaking and storytelling has provided her with unique opportunities to build partnerships with other communities, agencies, organizations, and individuals. She has also been able to strengthen her understanding of social justice, anti-racism, diversity, and much more through her art practices. Lanica strives towards making the world a better and more sustainable place for all.
 
Following her career and personal passions for justice, Lanica founded Cambodian American Girls Empowering (CAGE). CAGE is a nonprofit organization that uses Cambodian arts and culture as a tool for activism, education, and change making.