Rev. Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard

Rev. Dr. Najuma Smith-Pollard is Founding Pastor of Word of Encouragement Church and Program Manager of the USC Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement. She speaks frequently about women’s empowerment, women in ministry, sexual violence awareness, civic engagement and the Black church.

Dr. Najuma is also a certified coach; her program, Wake Up and Win, focuses on self-awareness and personal mastery. Mother to Dorian, Zuri, and Daniel (her angel child), she is a lover of social media, music, dancing, movies, fitness, and travel. The best advice Dr. Najuma ever received came from her mother: “You can do anything you set your mind to!”

Panelist, Ahimsa and Nonviolence: An Interfaith Exploration of Racism