Educator/Singer/Speaker/Business Owner/Community Organizer/Diversity Planner: multi-lingual vocalist, songwriter & literary writer/speaker, hula dancer, teacher/designer innovative programs aimed at the resolution of numerous social problems. Established The Jazz Generation band, a multi-ethnic, multi-generational band in 2003, and am its singer, bandleader and songwriter.
Creative Concepts Systems (CCS), parent company, Suzanne Brooks, CEO, Sole proprietor and Social Entrepreneur. CCS has 3 divisions: WomenWorldCulture.com, International Association for Women of Color Day & The Jazz Generation band.
Inspired by American Sign Language, Spanish, pride in heritage, & cultural diversity. Always wanted to be an English teacher. Committed to recognition of giftedness among people everywhere.
Education: BA, Education & English, LaSalle U, Maxima cum laude; Washington State U, MA, English/Creative Writing; ABD (all but dissertation) for doctorates in Adult Education/Administration of Justice, Penn State U and Educational Leadership and Change, The Fielding Institute.
Employment: AT&T Telephone/Teletype operator & CWA Union Steward; Police Woman, Philadelphia.
Literary Arts, lifelong interests: poems, fiction, non-fiction, creating musicals, managing editor of multiple publications. English/ESL teaching and tutoring for companies/schools. Includes "Ins and Outs (1979)"; "Ins and Outs: Poems and Stories from the 70’s" 2003) and "Escape Is Not An Option: Poems, Stories and an Essay from the 1980’s – 1990’s" 2003). "The Constructive Extermination of Women of Color: Consequences of Perpetual Socio-Economic Marginalization "(Sacramento Library I Street Press, 2011). Other work: Essence Magazine; Faultlines (West Coast Poetry); Kamiak Review (Washington State University); Grimoire (La Salle University); The Strength of Sisterly Love (NY); "Women of Color" column in online Black Commentator for 3 years; column, "Information to Make Community Changes: Where to Get It; Where to Send It" Sacramento Justice Reform Coalition."
Musical Arts: multi-lingual vocalist, bandleader, songwriter, and director/producer of 12 CDs, 4 musicals, and 8 original songs. Theater Art: INTERACT (Interactive Asian Contemporary Theater) in “The King and I,” “The Canoe” and” “Emmalehua.” November 20, 2021, the 5th performance of original show, "Great Women of Jazz, 1890 to 1990, Musical History of Women" at the annual San Francisco Regional "Mensa Presents Brilliance by the Bay 2021.
AMONG TOPICS AVAILABLE:
"Founding of the First Pal for Girls in the U.S (Police Athletic League)"
"Policewomen: Roles and Impact"
"Tutor: Valuable Student Support; Family Asset; Rewarding Career"
"Total Communication: An Innovative Approach to Resolving Social Problems"
"The Autoethnography of An Activist: Addressing Inequalities in Education"
"Women of Color in the American Political System: Status and Roles"
"A New Approach to Child Support: Aiding Children Without Demonizing Parents"
"Why Everyone (in the U.S.) Should Know 2 Or More Language and How It Can Be Done."
"It's Time to Stop Postponing Learning How to Use Computers. You Can Teach Yourself"
"Are You A Gifted Person? What Are The Signs? Recognizing Self Power" (This is not about math.)
"Life-long Learning: Never Too Late to Live While Alive"
More on request . . . . . .
Key Positions Held:
Director, Multi-Cultural Center, California State University, Sacramento. 30 to 60 cultural programs annually.
Co-owner and Educational Design/Development Specialist, Sign Language Systems, State College, Pennsylvania. American Sign Language translation system using computer generated animation.
Affirmative Action Director, Penn State University System, University Park, PA. for 23 campuses, 168,000 students, 12,000 employees and 67 extension offices.
Affirmative Action Director, University of Nevada, Reno.
Director, Science Supportive Services, Washington State University, Pullman. For women/minority science students.
Part-time ESL Faculty, Spokane Community College, for refugees and immigrants.
Community Programs/Entertainment/Show Examples:
2005 2nd Sunday Jazz at the YWCA: Environment for poets, musicians, artists, crafters,
2005 “Suzanne Brooks Vocals and Hula,” Wellspring Women’s Shelter, 2005. Strategies for improving communication skills & self-esteem, encouraging enrollment in basic English grammar and literature beginning with poems and songs.
2005 “The Savvy Singer,” June 21 to September vocal coaching & business of show business to youth in Sacramento Summer Community World Arts program sponsored by Sacramento Arts Commission.
2002 “Women in Poems, Songs and Hula,” U of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
Memberships: National Assn. Women Business Owners; MENSA, Sacramento Mediation Center; Sacramento Better Business Bureau 5 Star Rating.