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15 Jun, 2016

“My Name is…, and I Represent…”

By | 2016-10-25T01:47:59+00:00 June 15th, 2016|Categories: Activism, Program Design & Evaluation, Social Work|Tags: , , |0 Comments

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Does you voice matter less when you’re not part of an organization?

This became part of my consciousness back in 2012 when I attended the Strong Families Summit. I was invited to assist with Strong Families’ social media team to highlight the goals of the Initiative, the participants’ general feedback, and how the Initiative can move forward.

As attendees introduced themselves, they shared the basics (name, organization, preferred gender pronouns, and their intention for being present at the Summit), and as they shared the name of their organization, there were a few attendees that said:

“My name is [insert name], and I’m representing myself”   or

“I’m [insert name], and I work with [insert name of organization], but I’m speaking on behalf of myself”.

Of course, in discussions around issues pertaining to sexual health and reproductive justice, or any topic that may be controversial, it’s important to raise our own voices. It’s also important to be mindful that what we say may have an impact on whatever group or organization we’re representing.

When I was part of an organization as a front line social worker and direct service provider, my actions and interactions with clients either had a positive or negative effect not only my clients’ impression of me but also that of my organization. Now, as someone who runs her own business, I’ve been able to reflect on the fact that I’m fortunate enough to be representing myself apart from an agency or organization. I’m able to flow in and out of multiple spaces and can be a social worker, program designer, speaker, or program evaluator at any given time, and I can be known for one aspect or all aspects of what I do.

Knowing this, I’m also mindful in how I represent my business in person, through email, or on social media, can impact who wants to work with me as a client. We definitely see this in today’s political climate, sports, and entertainment industries where people quickly lose their endorsements and support.

But back to the original question:

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12 Jul, 2011

Getting Ready for Let’s Talk About Sex II: Love, Legislation, & Leadership

By | 2016-10-25T01:48:15+00:00 July 12th, 2011|Categories: Program Design & Evaluation|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

I have been on the planning committee for “Let’s Talk About Sex II: Love, Legislation, & Leadership” Conference since August 2010. I was invited to join by the ever-awesome reproductive rights activist Aimee Thorne-Thomsen ( follow her at @aimeett on Twitter). The conference is the event of SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, a great collective based in Atlanta that focuses on the sexual and holistic health of women of color (Black, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latina, and Native/Indigenous). Rather than explain what the conference entails, SisterSong puts it best:

SisterSong’s 2011 Let’s Talk About Sex National Conference is a celebration of the movement for reproductive health, reproductive rights, and reproductive justice. This four-day conference will include workshops and plenary sessions on topics such as birth control, senior sexuality, STDs, microbicides, gynecological health and wellness, erotica, militarism, youth sexuality, and more, all through a reproductive justice lens.

Being on the planning committee has been an amazing experience, and a great way to see how to pull off a major event on a national scale. Additionally, this experience, in a way, has become a full-circle moment. 

My first encounter with SisterSong was as a volunteer for SisterSong’s first-ever conference back in November 2003. I was a sophomore at Spelman College and was involved in the campus’ Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance chapter, through which I was able to volunteer for the conference. My job was minimal: tape recording workshops that were assigned to me and greeting people as they arrived on campus for the conference. It was at this conference where I found out about Advocates for Youth’s Young Women of Color Leadership Council  , and that’s when my life as an activist for the sexual health and rights of women of color took off. This one conference opened up the doors to many wonderful opportunities to cultivate my skills, learn more about the reproductive rights movement, and to find my voice (which is always an ongoing process). To go from tape recording a workshop to being on the planning committee 8 years later has been life-altering and rewarding.

Planning a conference (or anything for that matter) over a long period of time with a group of outspoken, passionate, and powerful women with varying opinions and views was exhilarating and at times intimidating. It showed me the potential of what I can become as well as the assets I already bring to the table. 

I will be tweeting live from Miami (the conference site) this week and I will be sharing as much as possible with you all at the end of each conference day. It’s going to be a week of insights, revelations, laughter, healing, and taking action. Be sure to follow the Twitter hashtag #LTAS2011 as well. 


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