After a long week of many, many discussions, reflection, and heavy emotion, I am ready to move forward. The question we must be asking ourselves is: “When push comes to shove (perhaps literally), do I really have your back?” This is not a question to ask in vain, for we all have some sort of … Continue reading Moving Forward: Fired up! Ready to go!
“Don’t get used to the violence. It’s not supposed to happen.” ~ Cecilia Gentili Transgender Day of Remembrance is on November 20th every year to memorialize transgender people who have been murdered by the disease of transphobia. I was in a medical facility recently and on the intake form, along with a long list of … Continue reading November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance
By Dena Samuels Until now, I have been very quiet about the presidential election. This time of year, I am usually canvassing precincts, leafleting neighborhoods, and making phone calls to Get Out The Vote. I’ve been involved with that mission every single presidential election (and many in between) since I became eligible to vote many, … Continue reading Finally Speaking Out & Why I’ve Been Intentionally Quiet This Election Season
Announcing a new Culturally Inclusive Leadership development keynote/workshop that helps us to realize the unlimited potential we have to manifest our goals, and to become leading-edge, culturally inclusive role models who empower others to fulfill their potential in our increasingly multicultural 21st century world. Transforming Ourselves to Become Leading-Edge Culturally Inclusive Leaders Leadership is the act of empowering ourselves through our … Continue reading Transforming Ourselves to Become Leading-Edge Culturally Inclusive Leaders
By Dena Samuels Do you consider a “mistake” a bad thing? Here are some suggestions for transforming our micro-aggressions into opportunities for connecting and learning. At the tender age of four, I remember attempting to pick up a gallon of milk to pour myself a glass. I remember the empowered feelings both of wanting to … Continue reading So Called Mistakes
By Dena Samuels The other day, I decided to scrap my planned curriculum for my Social Justice Studies class and discuss San Francisco 49’ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the playing of the national anthem. I was inspired to do this by my colleague, Dr. Stephany Rose, an African American professor who also … Continue reading Kaepernick Conversations and Embodied Learning
By Dena Samuels Many different communities and campuses in the U.S. have reached out this summer to figure out how to heal themselves and their communities as the fall semester begins. I have had the opportunity to speak with many campus members who have felt little or nothing is being done on their campus. Any … Continue reading Why We Need to Have Conversations About Violence this Fall Semester