Planet Venus Institute
Planet Venus Institute NFP is dedicated to providing educational services and mental health awareness to Black girls, college-aged women of color, and/or emerging professionals as well as scholars in the fields of education and social services. Our intent is to provide mental health awareness education and professional development through a cultural and gender-responsive framework and praxis. Educational services equip youth and adults alike with information and the skills needed to become peer advocates of mental health and wellness in minoritized communities, educational settings, and in the workplace so that individuals and organizations can create healthier pathways to becoming successful in their educational careers and professional lives as ambassadors of overall social, mental, physical, and financial health.
Dr. Venus E. Evans-Winters, President
Empress Dr. V is the Executive Director of Planet Venus Institute NFP. This former Professor of Education is a research and policy scholar, a licensed clinical psychotherapist in private practice, a certified clinical trauma professional, and health and wellness coach. She is the author of several books and academic journal articles. She is the founder of Planet Venus Institute. Read more about her research, writing, and advocacy work here.
Janice Baines, Secretary
Janice is the Board Secretary of Planet Venus Institute. She has nearly a decade of experience working with youth in college and university settings, including HBCUs, and she is a master teacher in the state of South Carolina. She serves as an elementary school teacher specializing and researching culturally-responsive curriculum and child development.
Kenya Evans, Treasurer
Kenya is the Board Treasurer for Planet Venus Institute NFP. She works as a corporate executive specializing in informational technology, corporate operations, and diversity and equity. She enjoys her sorority and teaching Black women and girls how to thrive in corporate spaces while living their best life. She is also the mother of two Black college-aged young men.