I am a community healer at the intersection of creative education, liberative praxis, community building, spiritual writing and abolition. I am the co-producer and co-host of the Abolition as Resurrection mini podcast series, a public education project. My commitments to dismantling oppressive systems and imaging into existence new systems of flourishing are influenced by my lived experience, community of belonging and progressive faith beliefs.
I designed and established the Solidarity Building Initiative for Liberative Carceral Education at McCormick Theological Seminary (MTS), and currently serve as its director. As director, I am a creative educator, liberative practitioner and community builder, co-creating learning communities, programs, curricula and collaborations that tend to the whole of incarcerated learners at the Cook County Jail and their communities of belonging. I initiated the establishment of the IL-Coalition for Higher Education in Prison’s Cook County Jail Higher Ed Committee, and currently serve as co-chair. I serve as advisor for Pathways to Enterprises for Returning Citizens (PERC) and Off the Pews: Faith in Action (OTP).
In recent years, I developed partnerships with formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs through mywork at Sunshine Enterprises and PERC, and served as public ministry engagement coordinator for Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (G-ETS). I served on the board of directors for Community Renewal Society (CRS) and chair of their Restoring Rights committee, Center for the Church and the Black Experience at G-ETS, was a founding board member for OTP and later transitioned to become the summer program director. I hold a Master of Arts in Public Ministry with a concentration in Racial Justice from G-ETS
My commitments to social change earned me the 2021 John Purdy, Sr. Memorial Leadership Award at CRS, the 2018 New Faces of Ministry at MTS, 2019 Evanston Vision Keeper at Interfaith Action of Evanston, and 2019 Fields Leaders at the Fields Foundation. I am a member of the Chicago Foundation for Women’s Willie’s Warriors; Chicago Theological Seminary’s Resilience in Leadership Initiative, and Bonfire Women.
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