Toussaint Louverture Community Building Symposium

IFSI is proud to announce that registration for the inaugural Toussaint Louverture Community Building Symposium is now open. 

In honor of Haitian Heritage Month, the symposium will bring together students, professionals, and key community stakeholders to advance the Haitian community in Boston. This event is being organized in partnership with Haitian Americans United, Inc. (HAU), Vital Village Network, the True Alliance Center, the Haitian Mental Health Network, and other partners.

About the Event

At this event, participants will network and participate in developing a strategic plan to move the Haitian and other immigrant communities in the Boston area forward. Many immigrants have come to the United States and built successful academic and professional careers for themselves. These successful first and second-generation Americans can use their knowledge and experience

to make a difference in the lives of others in need of mentoring, including recent immigrants and youth nearing the end of high school. The engaging event will feature inspirational speakers, community leaders panel, and a variety of sector-specific breakout sessions to advance Haitian participation. 


Boston University Medical School

Hiebert Lounge (14th Floor)

72 E Concord St

Boston, MA 02118


 Professionals and students from all sectors and vocations are encouraged to attend. Attendees will enjoy inspiring addresses from leaders in the immigrant community, breakout sessions for different career fields or sectors, and closing remarks which will include a plan for moving forward. The symposium is free and open to all attendees who register online here. Donations are welcome. 

Featured Speakers

Dr. Lemonier Verdier: Retired Anesthesiologist, 50+ years in practice 

Johnny Cator: CEO and Co-Founder, Wellness Systems, Inc.

Charlot Lucien: Founder and Director, Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts

Pastor Dieufort Fleurissaint: President/Executive Director, True Alliance Center, Inc. / Chairman, Haitian Americans United (HAU)

Wilner Auguste: Founder, Haitian Americans United (HAU)

Wader Oge: Staff Attorney, Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners

Patrick Sylvain: Lecturer in African and African American Studies, Brandeis University

Myrtise Kretsedemas: MSW/MPH, LICSW, Haitian Mental Health Network

Donald Alexis: President and Founder, Caribbean Integration Community Development