Mediator / Facilitator / Writer / Storyteller

Engaging individuals in conversations that empower and transform communication in families, workplaces and housing communities. 

Photography by Cheshire Isaacs

Photography by Cheshire Isaacs

Before moving to the Bay Area in August 2015, I called Texas home. My family is large, Black, Southern, and close-knit. Outside of my family, my environment was very White. I negatively internalized so much of who I was as a black girl, falling prey to micro-aggressions and exposed to systemic racism as early as first grade (that I can remember). On the flip side, I had incredible mentors, teachers, parents, and friends who saw and understood me. I struggled to find my voice and own my identities, and now live in the beauty of my intersectionality. As a black, gay woman, I no longer normalize that struggle for myself or others.

My commitment to my work highlights and addresses the intersection between race, sexuality, and social inequity, particularly with Black women/queer identified/people of color in families and workplaces. As my research and presence in the field of conflict resolution grows, I find myself typically as one of few, if not the only, gay women of color in advanced trainings, workshops, etc. Initially the idea of speaking up in less diverse spaces brought me pause, but I quickly realized every experience and opportunity has been an entry point for me to show up as a change maker.