Onaje Muid, a doctorate in social work candidate was inducted as a fellow into the New York Academy of Medicine (2016) based upon his stellar career as a consummate behavioral health social work clinician and administrator spanning 35 years of service, just after receiving the Mid- Career Emerging Leaders Award from the National Association of Social Workers (2015). His extensive background includes senior positions in substance use prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery domains,for such agencies as Phase: Piggy Back, Inc, Phoenix House, Bronx Lebanon Hospital and Reality House Inc. His cultural centric orientation to services, initiated by working for Phase: Piggy Back Inc for 14 years, earned him a place amongst his colleagues as the first class of trainers for the OASAS’ Cultural Competency in Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention: The Consciousness Raising and Affective Component (2010). This competency approach forged his partnership with colleagues in developing Rules of Engagement: Addressing the Needs of Service Members, Veterans and Their Families by Developing Core Competencies for Behavioral Health Professionals as a graduate of the Addictions Technology Transfer Centers (ATTC) Advance Leadership Institute (2011), after completing the Leadership Institute first (2007). As trainer, he earned a certificate of completion for the ATTC Training Point Model, a specified an uncommon learning exchange for addiction trainers. Upon receiving his Seminar -In- Field Instruction, (SIFI), from Columbia University (2007) he began the compilation of his academic portfolio, first training students as their on- site supervisor. In 2011 he shifted his center of gravity and became an advisor to graduate level social work students at Columbia University, Graduate School of Social Work, for which he held for five years before being asked to become an adjunct lecturer

in 2015. As an expert in design and delivery or trauma and culturally sensitive centric systems, he holds a post graduate certificate in trauma from the Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, a certificate from the Justice Institute of British Columbia, in the Aboriginal Focusing -Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma and others and a post master’s certificate from the National Association of Black Social Workers from the African Centered Social Work Academy.

He serves as the United Nations Non - Governmental Organization (NGO) representative for the International Human Rights Association for American Minorities (IHRAAM) making the connection between human services and human rights. He holds a master’s degree in social work from the State University of New York- at Stony Brook; a license in mental health and credentials as an alcoholic and substance counselor and family development. For two years e served as the Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist, in the Office of Behavioral Health, Department of Human Services, County of Delaware, State of Pennsylvania.

He currently holds the position as the Fatherhood Coordinator for the Healthy Start Program for the Foundation for Delaware County, the Male Health Commissioner for the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) and the co-chair of the Social Justice and Human Rights Committee for Alliance of Black Social Workers in Philadelphia, PA. He is married to Dr. Fatima Hafiz in a blended family with eleven adult children and a bunch of grandchildren. Their work is contributions to the United Nations Decade of People of African Descend (2015 to 2024), affirming recognition, justice and development.