*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all services are provided remotely.*
Trainings and Facilitations
Grief and Workplace Inclusion
The COVID-19 Pandemic has greatly exacerbated the stress of the average American worker. From financial uncertainty, to housing insecurity, to loneliness, illness and loss, this has been a year of tremendous stress for employees everywhere. For Black and Brown employees this stress has been further compounded by state violence, racial trauma, and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on BIPOC communities.
This training posits grief and reflection as tools for inclusion. Organizations will leave this training with a new sense of connectedness and a newfound understanding of the ways in which empathy and grief can and should impact their DEI culture.
LGBTQIA+ Religious Inclusion Workshop
This training seeks to mitigate LGBTQIA+ religious trauma by teaching its attendees how to facilitate healthy spiritual integration for LGBTQIA+ identified people. In this training I ask and answer questions such as: How can we support LGBTQIA people who understand faith as central to their lives? How can we offer Queer and Trans people more inclusive spiritual frameworks? Though this training is geared towards Queer and Trans spiritual inclusion, I offer various critiques of widely held religious claims. From class, to sexuality, to race, to gender, we will both deconstruct faith as a site of power and uplift it as a source of hope.
This training is wonderful for:
- Mental health professionals who are seeking to bolster their religion and spirituality skillset in order to better care for their clients
- Social Work departments who would like to train their students and/or faculty on how to clinically integrate religion and spirituality
- Religious professionals who are seeking to expand their religious pedagogy and praxis, Queer their theology, or simply learn more about spiritually inclusive frameworks
- Organizations that serve LGBTQIA+ identified people and want to expand their framework of care
- Those seeking to deepen their allyship to and solidarity with the LGBTQIA+
- LGBTQIA+ identified people seeking to unpack their spiritual experiences and learn about more inclusive spiritual frameworks
Creating a Culture of Care
“Collective care refers to seeing members’ well-being – particularly their emotional health – as a shared responsibility of the group rather than the lone task of an individual.” – Rushdia Mehreen and David Gray-Donald
Work culture greatly impacts employee health both within and outside of work. In many organizations the focus is on productivity and execution. This in turn overshadows the importance of prioritizing employee health and well-being. This training helps move organizations build more community-oriented and wellness-centered work cultures. This training begs the questions: what kind of organization could we build if we believed that we are responsible for the well-being of our colleagues?
Issues to discussed in this training are: white supremacist work culture, workplace urgency, and trauma-informed care.
Become an Anti-Racist 101 Training
This training pushes attendees beyond simply caring about Black Lives and moves them towards an orientation of anti-racism. Anti-racism is a term that is used to describe people who not only acknowledge social, systemic, and structural inequality but work to actively disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression. Anti-racism is a verb, it is the steadfast commitment to honor the humanity of all people through progressive action. This workshop approaches anti-racism from a multifaceted framework that integrates Queer theory, Critical Race Theory, and Progressive spirituality. In this training, I encourage participants to not only disrupt anti-Blackness on a systemic level but to consider how to be an anti-racist in their everyday life. Whether you are just beginning your anti-racist journey, or continuing to sharpen your skills, this training will leave participants with new language and tools.
Talks and Presentations
Black Queer Spirituality
I offer a variety of talks at the intersection of Religion, gender, sexuality, and race. I am passionate about presenting inclusive, progressive, and affirming spiritual interpretations. I have given talks concerning LGBTQIA+ Religious inclusion, Black Queer Christian liberation, the intersection of faith and justice, and more. To hire me for this kind of work, please send an inquiry via my contact page detailing your organization’s needs. From there I will build a presentation that is most effective for the specific needs of your staff, faculty, clients, and/or partners.