I believe in people and in humanity’s ability to create a world that is for everyone, a world that is inclusive, intersectional, holistic, and just.
Though it will not come easily or quickly, I know this world is coming.
So, all of my work, whether it is the personal work of bringing peace and congruency to my own spirit and home or the professional work of engaging individuals and communities in social change, is geared toward making that world a reality.
Because I know that this world will need the visionaries, artists, creatives, educators, organizers, and those who have the courage and integrity to give birth to new ways of being, I work within and in service to these powerful communities.
Though I have been involved in numerous projects and worked with many groups, all my work is centered on the business of using creative approaches to bring about personal liberation and social transformation.
I believe deeply in this work, this world, and all the dedicated people who make it possible.
My Professional Background
2014 – 2016
Women’s Educational Center (WEC) - University of Michigan - Flint
2014 – 2016
Advisory Board Member
Responsible for strengthening the Women's Educational Center by serving as a resource and providing the Director with general direction consistent with the mission, while ensuring transparency and accountability, and protecting the Center's autonomy.
RAISE IT UP! Youth Arts & Awareness
Co - Founder & Executive Director
RAISE IT UP! Youth Arts & Awareness is an award - winning nonprofit organization that promotes youth engagement, expression, and empowerment through performance, literary arts, and social activism. Responsibilities include grant writing, grant making, fundraising, donor cultivation, program/curriculum development, implementation, evaluation, staff management, building coalitions and collaborative partnerships that increase sustainability of organization and organizing initiatives that serve youth and their families in Flint, Genesee County, and beyond.
Salem Housing Community Development Corporation
Education and Outreach Coordinator
Responsible for neighborhood outreach, community organizing, curriculum development, and providing support, education, and resources for families with low incomes wanting to become first - time homebuyers. Also, developed and provided training for neighborhood block clubs and small businesses seeking to secure funding and resources for grassroots initiatives.
Recognitions, Residencies, & Delegations
Black Organizing for Racial Justice Communications Series
African - American Policy Forum #BreakingTheSilence Summer Camp
The Sybyl Atwood Award
Children’s Priority Champion Award – RAISE IT UP! Youth Arts & Awareness
The Windcall Institute - Windcall Residency
Detroit Pistons’ Come Together Foundation – Community Impact Awardee
National Hip Hop Political Convention
– Up & Coming Social Justice Activist Award
Performances, Speaking Engagements, Publications
"DNA: Does Not Adhere”,
IMAGN: Increasing Minority Awareness of Genetics Now
by John Hopkins Genetic and Public Policy Center and the Black Congressional Caucus
National Poetry Slam
TEDxFlint and TEDxMuskegon
“The Individual Revolution: Applying Carl Jung to Practical Activism, AlterNet
“Is Beyonce’s New Video Feminist”, AlterNet
State of Black Women in Michigan Conference hosted by Black Women’s Roundtable
#JusticeForFlint hosted by Blackout For Human Rights Collective
Black Women’s Roundtable Delegation at the White House
“The Impossibility of Loving Prince While Hating Queerness”, The Body is Not an Apology
African - American Women and the Law Conference
#SayHerName: An Evening of Arts hosted by the African American Policy Forum
Many Rivers Social Justice Music Festival hosted by Harry Belafonte & Sankofa.org
RAISE IT UP!, Paris Jackson, & Teen Vogue Magazine
“RAISE IT UP!”, Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative & Relational Ethnic Studies Vol.4, No. 1 - Temple University Press on behalf of the UCSB Center for Black Studies Research