“To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination.” —bell hooks
Justice is a verb. Justice is an action. Justice is doing, not thinking or being. When I take my values of love, equity, compassion, and helping those in need, and infuse them into action, justice comes alive in me and through me.
It is easier to be an observer. I fight that energy within myself all the time. It is the inertia of life. I want to keep working hard, to shift things, and to act more loving, compassionate, more equitable. My writing and speaking is part of my action, part of how I let justice come alive in my life. I act to bring more joy and laughter in the world.
I am a father and a spouse. Parenting and Partnering have informed my work in many ways, most importantly bringing a focus on building partnerships and community. I bring over 20 years of experience in higher education and over 13 years of experience as a educator, speaker and trainer to my work. I am versed in student engagement, faculty partnership, student affairs, interpersonal communication, system dynamics and change, and diversity and inclusion work.
I am an Social Justice Training Institute alumnus, a past faculty intern with SJTI, and a Co-Lead facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute. I also write and edit as part of the editorial collective for Rad Dad, a feminist, critical conscious magazine on shifting the paradigm of parenting.