My name is Vernon Lindsay. I work with schools, businesses, families, and community leaders to improve the lives of men and boys. Through my books, courses, speaking, and coaching services, I empower people who identify as male to achieve academic and other forms of success.
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. My second book, Capoeira, Black Males, and Social Justice: A Gym Class Transformed, illustrates my work with Capoeira, schools, and teaching a culturally responsive curriculum.
I live on the Caribbean island of Antigua and Barbuda. With my wife and three children, we moved to Antigua in 2018 for my work as an Assistant Professor at the American University of Antigua College of Medicine
At the university, I 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 facilitate campus initiatives such as Men's Cave Mentoring and the Capoeira club.
My writings and other content illustrate best practices in education, business, community, self-care, and family. On sites such as 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.
In earning a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Education and creating a business through my teaching services of the African Brazilian martial art known as Capoeira, I discovered my life's callings.
I was presented with multiple opportunities to live a safe and comfortable life in the United States, but in partnership with my wife, I chose an unconventional path. In three months 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.
I have 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 was pushing the buttons of insanity by trying to achieve success as a husband, father, professor, 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 writings, courses, consultation services, training 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 experiences as a college professor, business owner, husband, and father.
I am a passionate, creative, and experienced individual who wants to help you and your organization achieve maximum leadership results.
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