*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all services are provided remotely*
Trainings and Facilitations
Thriving at Unlikely Intersections: LGBTQIA+ Identity and Spirituality Workshop
Often times we tell LGBTQIA+ people that in order to achieve self-acceptance, they must leave their faith or spirituality at the door. This is because it is widely understood that faith spaces can be deeply unsafe for Queer people. But, what about LGBTQIA+ people who understand faith and or spirituality as part of their identity and well-being? How do they thrive without a key part of their support system? Due to the fact that spirituality can serve as a conduit for connection and resilience, de-spiritualization is a form of subjugation. We can love and care for LGBTQIA+ people without de-spiritualizing them. We do not need to throw faith and spirituality away, we need a new, inclusive lens of spirituality. This training seeks to mitigate LGBTQIA+ religious trauma by teaching its attendees tools to facilitate healthy spiritual integration for LGBTQIA+ identified people. 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 ideal 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
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
Thriving in the Midst of Marginalization: Navigating Graduate School as a Student of Color
This talk encourages students of color to unlearn the pressure to ignore their socio-emotional wellness while in graduate school. Instead, I welcome students to engage in radical self care as they earn their degrees. This talk centers Black and PoC emotional wellness and works to remind students of color that academia does not determine their worth. This talk is a direct result of a popular article that I wrote titled “The Whisper Campaign of Academic Trauma.” To read my article click here.
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.