My name is Vernon Lindsay. I help individuals and organizations through invigorating capoeira classes, intuitive instructional design, and insightful writing services. For the specifics of how I do this work, keep reading or click products and services.
I live on the Caribbean island of Antigua and Barbuda with my wife and three children. We moved here in 2018 for my job as an Assistant Professor at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine.
At the university, I design and teach classes in academic success strategies, advise students, serve on committees, and facilitate special programs. I lead as the Vice-president of the Faculty Senate and direct campus initiatives such as Men's Cave Mentoring and the Capoeira club.
I am the author of two books. On May 18, 2018, my first book, Critical Race and Education for Black Males: When Pretty Boys Become Men was published with Peter Lang Press. In 2019, my second book, Capoeira, Black Males, and Social Justice: A Gym Class Transformed, illustrating my work with Capoeira, schools, and teaching a culturally responsive curriculum hit the online market and bookshelves. Learn more about my writing services, by clicking here.
My writings and other content reflect best practices in education, business, community, self-care, and family. On the site, The Good Men Project, I share articles about masculinity, parenthood, marriage, and entrepreneurialism.
I am the only son of my parents' six children. My father is a church pastor, and my mother has a background in social work and music. Born in Chicago and raised between the city and south suburbs, I developed unique talents, skills, and abilities that prepared me for success in education and business.
Through my life's experiences that include: being raised in a religious home, finding creative expression in writing projects, marrying a beautiful woman, becoming a father, earning a Ph.D., and starting a business to share the African Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, I discovered my life's callings.
In Chicago, I had ample opportunities to live a safe and comfortable life. Together, with my wife and three children, we chose an unconventional path. In 2016, between July and September, we donated, sold, and gave away many of our possessions to downsize our 3200 square foot home to 10 suitcases. This move was the start of La Vida Lindsay.
On October 15, 2016, my wife and I moved from the United States to live in Mexico with our children to pursue our life’s callings as mindful partners, parents, and entrepreneurs. Relocating to Mexico, was not an easy decision because three years earlier I started work as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Teaching and Mentoring with the Honors College at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
As an Honors College professor, I taught undergraduate students in courses that explored critical issues in race, gender, and social inequalities. I also advised students on course selection, graduate education, career choices, and entrepreneurial ventures. This work had its rewards, beyond a consistent salary.
I received several awards, grants, and fellowships for my teaching, academic accomplishments, and commitments to community service. This list includes the Honoring our Professor’s Excellence Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship, the Diversifying Faculty in Higher Education fellowship, the African Americans Studies Departmental Award, and the American Sociological Association/National Science Foundation's Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Award.
While I lived in Chicago, I pushed the buttons of insanity by trying to achieve success as a husband, father, professor, community organizer, and business owner. I worked long hours and continued to struggle to meet my household expenses.
Through the change in lifestyle that living abroad provided me, I discovered pathways to other forms of success.
With my instructional design services, writings, courses, consultation services, workshops, keynote speeches, and individualized coaching opportunities, I offer tangible strategies to help others meet the leadership challenges of their environments. This work is based on my unique professional and personal experiences.
I am a passionate, creative, disciplined, and driven individual who wants to help you or your organization achieve maximum results.
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