• Liberate The Block, LLC

    Helping all Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) from any background feel empowered to thrive and fully realize their wildest dreams.

  • What We Do

    Promoting educational, mental, and emotional wellness among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) by connecting them to resources and mentorship. We inspire BIPOC to achieve their dreams by instilling the hope, motivation, and confidence for them to thrive holistically.

    Online Academy

    Thrive In Academia

    Providing BIPOC students the knowledge, confidence, and skills to navigate academia & successfully launch their career - saving time, money, and stress.

     

    Developing a Graduate School Thrive Mindset

    This is a 2-week course designed to help students take ownership of their graduate education; thrive in school; save time & money; & launch a meaningful & lucrative career. The course includes and expands upon the content in Letters to My Sisters & Brothers with sections on identifying fellowships/awards, creating your own academic and professional goals, and several more.

     

    For more information, follow the course link here.

    For a free course preview (4 videos total), follow the link here.

     

     

    Consultation & Coaching

    Cultivate Your Success

    Assisting others in creating intentional space for BIPOC to thrive. We offer quality services at a reasonable price to help you be successful.

     

    To receive assistance on applying to graduate school, follow the link here. Service packages and fees are as listed.

     

    To receive assistance on navigating the academic job market, follow the link here. Service packages and fees are as listed.

     

    If you would like to directly request for services, please fill out the Google Form here. Please expect a confirmation email within 2-3 business days.

    Book Publishing

    Elevate Your Narrative

    Helping BIPOC share their narratives, affirm, and uplift their identities.

     

    Publish With Us:

     

    1. We accept requests to publish short works that consider multiple and/or intersecting identities.

     

    2. We accept cover letters for almost completed full-length fiction and non-fiction work that considers multiple and/or intersecting identities.

     

    If your cover letter is accepted, you will be invited to send your full work for submission and will receive one of the following four responses:


    (1) Ready to publish (may or may not include minimal edits)
    (2) Willing to publish with minor editing
    (3) Major editing required to be considered
    (4) Does not fall under LTB Books, LLC Publishing topics
     

    We offer Publishing & Production Contracts with the following:

    ISBN (which allows for distribution with major distributors including Amazon)

     

    Editing

    Developmental Editing: An in-depth review of the document in its entirety from cover to cover. Includes content revisions and complete copy editing services.

    Copy Editing: Correcting errors of grammar, style, repetition, word usage, jargon, and one major content revision.

    Proofreading: Minor errors are corrected in areas of grammar, capitalization, punctuation, spelling, and word usage.

     

    Illustration

    Formatting

    Advertising at our Events and on Website

    Business Development & Marketing

    Brainstorming/Planning Sessions

     

    *Publishing process descriptions and services were heavily adapted from KV, LLC Publishing. Find more information about their work here!

  • Testimonials

    100% of clients reported they would, if needed, utilize this consultation service again.

    Anonymous

    Asian American woman, Post-doctoral Scholar

    "Nelson speaks from his experience of being on faculty job search, which offers me valuable insights into how to prepare for the interview and job talk. He also has unique perspectives as a candidate/faculty of color, which helps address my questions regarding assessing department culture as a candidate of color (eg. ask questions to get a sense of tokenism). I also like how he started the conversation by asking me about my research program and questions for him, which helps to tailor our conversation."

    Anonymous

    Biracial woman, Doctoral Student

    "Dr. Zounlome proofread my scholarship application. He was able to provide me with additional ideas to consider, as well as specific feedback on verbiage and transitions. His input was incredibly helpful and, ultimately, led to a much stronger submission."

    Shanalee

    Black woman, Doctoral Student

    "During my consultation with Nelson, he was able to give me a different perspective on the topic of discussion. His alternate point of view enabled me to address future concerns that would arise. His line of questioning and suggestions left me feeling fulfilled and confident moving forward. What I loved about his input was that he did not impose his thoughts before carefully listening to my concerns. It was after my initial thoughts that he then stepped in with his suggestions. The clarity I gained through my interaction will help to move my project along."

  • Available Books!

    Letters to My Sisters & Brothers: Practical Advice to Successfully Navigate Academia as a Student of Color

    Workbook specifically designed with culturally relevant advice and evidence-based exercises to help students of color thrive.

  • Values

    Our Values Guide Our Work

    1

    Excellence

    Our company strives to provide high-quality, practical products to help Black, Indigenous, and People of Color succeed in everything they do.

    2

    Passion

    We dedicate ourselves to improving Black, Indigenous, and People of Color's educational, psychological, and financial wellness by encouraging them to achieve their wildest dreams.

    3

    Persistence

    We are determined to overcome any obstacles in our way. We keep moving forward and do not stop until we achieve our goals.

    4

    Growth

    We are devoted to personal growth and self-development. We are continually incorporating innovation to improve and not remain stagnant.

    5

    Intersectionality

    Every person is unique and has a distinctive story. We provide a platform for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to share their narratives, affirm and uplift their identities.

    6

    Liberation

    We work tirelessly to ensure Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are freed from all oppressive systems that negatively impact their lives.

    7

    Radical Healing

    We strive to create and support intentional spaces for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color to connect, reflect, heal, and thrive.

    8

    Legacy

    We make an enduring commitment to future generations to leave them a world better than the one we inherited.

  • Founder:

     

    Nelson O. O. Zounlome, Ph.D., is a first-generation college student, child of immigrants, and native of South Bend, IN. He is also a published author, former McNair Scholar, Ford Foundation Fellow, Herman B. Wells Graduate Fellow, Counseling Psychologist, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky. Nelson earned Bachelor's degrees in Psychology & Sociology, and a Master's degree in Learning Science-Educational Psychology Track, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University. He studies academic persistence and mental wellness to promote holistic healing among Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Nelson is dedicated to helping BIPOC communities liberate themselves and achieve their wildest dreams.

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