Building Bridges

Cross-Identity Collaboration™

B Stigma-Free is bringing together various people, groups and organizations to address the underlying causes of prejudice. In 2015 we coined the term Cross-Identity Collaboration™ to describe our methodology.  We help organizations overcome the challenges of reaching like-minded audiences by building bridges, establishing new collaborations to reduce social stigma, and consequently bias and discrimination. Working together, our message of compassion and understanding is cross-pollinated, helping folks better relate to one another, and forging acceptance and respect.


Evidence-Based Practices:

Using sound, peer-reviewed research and proven successful strategies for coalition building, we are focusing on commonalities and building effective teams. We ask stakeholders about gaps in services, and seek inclusive ways to address these. We spend time learning about organizations’ cultures, and get to know their leadership. Not wanting to duplicate services, we continually seek to maximize resources to yield the most efficient and successful methods to form inter-organizational collaborations.


Dual Strategies:

Lasting change doesn’t come from the top-down. In addition to building partnerships with national leadership organizations, we are fostering local, grassroots movements. Our team supports individuals and groups who want to engage their local communities by providing leadership development and fostering interdependent community-based coalitions. We provide training, technical assistance and website hosting to help build sustainable coalitions comprised of action-oriented leaders. We believe that by bringing together people where they live, and how they live, we will promote communication and action.

Board of Directors:

Dana Beyer, MD

Thomas Kaylor

Marvin Pannell, MBA

Nermis Rosario, CFA

Vernon S. Thompson, DMin, MEd, MDiv


Advisory Council:

Neelum T. Aggarwal, MD

Patrick Corrigan, PsyD

Irwin Krieger, LCSW

William B. Lawson, MD, PhD, DLFAPA

Andrea Leonardi, MA

Deborah Lipschitz, MD

Michael Morris, PhD

Sonia M. Ospina, PhD

Rebecca M. Puhl, PhD

Marilyn Price Spivack

Janie Victoria Ward, EdD, MEd