The time for awareness and action is now.
Too often, taking time to "process," "form a committee," or get "woke" are the endpoints in people's social justice journey. But that's not good enough.
Folx are seeking more than mere awareness. Folx are in need of safety, affirmation, justice, and access to wellness.
Through an increase in critical consciousness, which includes awareness of the problem and action to bring lasting change, we can all get closer to wellness. That's what my work has been about. Helping individuals and groups to both increase their awareness of oppression and to commit to taking the critical action steps that promote liberation.
I am a Black, queer woman in the U.S.
I have a Ph.D. in counseling psychology.
I see oppression.
I experience it.
I perform healing work with folx who suffer and resist in the face of it.
I study it.
I fight hard against it.
I use the title “Healer. Scholar. Activist.” because that is my approach to liberation in our society.
My healing work helps marginalized folx survive.
My academic roles keep me grounded in the scholarship that helps me to analyze and understand oppression and to engage in community accountable research.
My activism keeps me connected, motivated, and radically hopeful about the world we can create together.
Here is a small sample of some of the work I have done in the area of critical consciousness (awareness and action). You can view my full CV below.