The Ulmer Institute Launch Celebration

The Ulmer Institute:

The Ulmer Institute (TUI) is a 501(c)(3) organization focused on treating, researching, and training professional and community leaders on issues relating to urban psychological trauma and resulting PTSD and trauma spectrum disorders. The Ulmer Institute will become the premier trauma treatment and research institute in The United States. Our methods will be rooted heavily in partnership with the Israeli psychological community, the Jewish community, LA based clinics, hospitals, centers of faith, and research universities.



The vision for The Ulmer Institute was inspired by an experience Founder Dr. Kenneth Ulmer had in Israel. It began in a flash as a rocket exploded in Tel Aviv directly over his head and he and his team saw the terrifying power of terrorism and the incredible resilience of the Israeli people in response. Dr. Ulmer quickly learned that there is something profound and unique about the methods Israel utilizes to manage community psychological health and resiliency. Rather than treating psychological trauma as strictly a military issue, Israeli society has chosen to address it as a community issue that commands action from all levels of society. Dr. Ulmer was deeply inspired and upon his return to the United States, connected with IDF Chief Psychologist Dr. Eyal Fruchter whom has since become a trusted advisor and partner in translating Israeli hope and health solutions to some of the most psychologically traumatized communities in the United States.


Striving to be the world’s leader in addressing urban psychological trauma through research, treatment, and training.

Three Pronged Mission:

·         Mental Health Services and Treatment:

Provide state-of-the-art, trauma-focused support and treatment for victims of urban traumas including but not limited to physical and sexual assault, crime-related trauma, gunshot violence, and other traumatic events that leave victims with PTSD and other trauma spectrum disorders.


·         Education, Prevention, and Training:

Provide education, training, and consultation resources for mental health professionals, clinical staff, students, and community-based organizations in the principles and practice of modern innovative trauma prevention and intervention practices. Our staff will also be focused on prevention of PTSD and spectrum trauma through seminars and school sessions focused on increasing the psychological resiliency of youth.


·         Research:

The Ulmer Institute will, over time, become the preeminent research center in the field of psychological trauma treatment. Our team will focus on developing new approaches to trauma treatment through world class research done in collaboration with our various community partners including more than eight universities which will serve as the platform from which our research will develop.

Community Connection:

From its foundation, The Ulmer Institute has been developed in partnership with the Jewish community through the foresight of founder Bishop Ulmer to use the trauma initiative as a spark to reinitiate dialogue and friendship between African American and Jewish communities, with Israel at the center of the conversation. Inclusive of major international Jewish community organizations and lay leadership, congregations and rabbis, TUIs partnerships with the community are deep and broad. Below is a list of programs TUI has completed and others that are in various stages of planning and development.

Our Team:

Founder and CEO Dr. Kenneth C. Ulmer

Vice President  Joshua Hoyt

Executive Director  Dr. Kenneth Polite.

Director of Community Outreach RoShaun Ulmer Windham, MSW

Consultant: Dr. Eyal Fruchter

Our Board:

Chairman of the Board  Marc T. Little, Esq.

Board Member: Rabbi Eleazar Muskin

Boardmember: Cantor Nathan Lam

Boardmember: Marcie Goldstein

Boardmember: Viktor Hammer


(Los Angeles) – The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the premiere organization of film media professionals, set a goal last year to expand its industry presence during awards season with a collection of distinctive events. With awards season now coming to a close, by all accounts AAFCA has succeeded on all levels in honoring and presenting some of the most prominent names in front of the camera and behind the scenes in entertainment.

While each event was presented under the AAFCA banner, they were all unique. Starting with a community-centric panel discussion that focused on career sustainability in the entertainment industry, in collaboration with One United Bank; to an intimate dinner at the home of Emmy Award-winning casting agent, Robi Reed, leading up to the association’s premiere event, its annual awards show that showcased some of the biggest names in the industry - Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, J.K. Simmons, Kathryn Bigelow, David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ava DuVernay, Chadwick Boseman, RZA, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Mike Epps, among others in attendance.

AAFCA celebrated the end of awards season with a lavish Academy Awards Viewing Party with Mercedes Benz US that attracted a diverse groups of celebrities and industry executives. “Award season never gets old and once again provided a whirlwind of activities that allowed the professional who work so hard in this industry an opportunity to connect with their peers,” says AAFCA President, Gil Robertson. “AAFCA feels very privilege to participate in this tradition and add our distinctive flavor into the mix.”

The AAFCA/Mercedes Benz US Academy Awards Viewing Party was a high-voltage affair held in the Grand Ballroom of the Four Seasons Hotel. Notable talent enjoying the affair included: Tracee Ellis Ross, Lance Gross, Natalie Cole, Beverly Johnson  and the cast of “Selma”, who noshed on a menu that featured sushi, arugula hummus, spicy beef empanadas and duck confit quesadillas, complemented with cocktails that were specifically crafted for the occasion. The event was accented by special treats courtesy of luxury cosmetic brand, Estee Lauder; prizes and other surprises intended to enhance attendees’ Oscar viewing experience to the next level. “Mercedes-Benz is proud to join with AAFCA to host this year’s Academy Awards Viewing Party,” said Drew Slaven, vice president of marketing at MBUSA.  “We’re delighted to be a patron of AAFCA for the 2015 awards season.”

“Everyone had a blast as they celebrated the Oscars and what they mean to our industry,” adds Robertson. “Being able to team with Mercedes Benz US for this event was a beautiful thing and it’s an opportunity that we definitely plan to do again next year!” 

For more information on events and programs that are produced year round by AAFCA, visit



The premiere organization of African-American film media professionals was established in 2003. The association actively reviews cinema at-large, with a particular emphasis on films which include the Black experience. AAFCA is also responsible for creating platforms for movies with universal appeal to the African-American community, while also highlighting films produced, written, directed and starring, persons from the African Diaspora. Now in its 6th year, AAFCA produces the annual AAFCA Awards ceremony to honor the best films, screenwriters, producers and directors of the year. Its members are also involved in advocacy work and works with universities across America to aid students interested in film criticism and entertainment journalism.



The Organization Also Announces 2016 Special Achievement Honorees


(Los Angeles, August 13, 2015) – The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), is proud to announce that it will celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Boyz N the Hood" and "New Jack City" with an all-star tribute and concert celebrating the genre of Hip-Hop cinema.

“Hip-Hop has had a global impact on pop culture and influenced millions around the world,” says AAFCA President/Co-Founder, Gil Robertson. “And it's impact on Hollywood has been a major game changer in front and behind the camera and at the box office.”

“AAFCA’s Celebration of Hip-Hop Cinema” will commemorate the hundreds of movies that represent the culture of Hip-Hop: from feature films to documentaries and the actors, actresses and filmmakers involved in those productions.

Born on the streets of the Bronx in the '70s, Hip-Hop helped to launch the careers of several notable rappers who would eventually become serious moguls and power players in the business of making movies.

"The influence Hip-Hop has had on Hollywood has never been fully realized or celebrated," says AAFCA Co-Founder/Fox-TV critic Shawn Edwards. "The genius and power of the culture has helped to produce a new genre of cinema and introduced the world to a new crop of filmmakers who all had new stories from a different perspective to share. It has more than paid off financially and critically."

The organization also announced John Singleton, Jeff Clanagan, Manohla Dargis, Lebron James and Plan B as recipients of 2016 AAFCA Special Achievement Awards.

“Our 2016 class of honoreees merit special recognition for their consistent excellence in promoting the cinematic arts,” says Robertson. “Each of them are to be admired and AAFCA looks forward to paying tribute to their careers.”

AAFCA’s Special Achievement Awards will be presented during the group’s annual ceremony on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

Established in 2003, the African American Film Critics Association is the largest black film critics’ organization in the world, representing television, radio, print and online critics.

Contact: Jeaunine Askew – 323-878-2399