"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead
Each person we empower to move past the effects of gender-based violence creates a ripple effect beyond their own lives to the lives of their children, their neighbors, their communities, and their world.
When I am not working to change the world, I love spending time with my husband and kids doing all things musical, creative and DIY.
Connection may be one of the single most important qualities in responding to and preventing violence in our communities. Through connection, we are able to create an experience for a person that is liberating; ingrained in mutual-dialogue; honors intersectionality and complexity in their lives; puts their reality and needs at the center; and is rooted in appreciating violence as a social problem. Tiffany believes that all of these aspects of connection with other people are achievable in our professional and personal lives; it’s what makes us feel whole.
In the pursuit of making connection viable, she feels most connected in a good chat, hanging out with her family, camping, and sometimes just reading a good book in solitude.
As an AmeriCoprs VISTA at the WCADVSA, I am dedicated to creating the stepping stones for survivors to follow on their journey toward peace and healing. My wish is that the resources I create and share serve as a beacon of hope to survivors as they reclaim their power.
In her free time, you'll find Breana immersed in music, trying new recipes, or enjoying adventures with her four-legged fur baby, Ella.
Overcoming gender-based violence means confronting the problem from many different angles and from a perspective rooted firmly in compassion and empathy. I am thrilled to act as a piece in this larger puzzle of work that envisions a society where all people may live free from violence and from the harmful gender norms that perpetuate it.
Outside of work, you’ll likely find me exploring the vibrant community events of my hometown and the outdoor opportunities that surround it.
"Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects." ~ Dalai Lama
Although I cannot change an entire broken system alone or help every hurting individual, being a change agent in an organization rooted in anti-oppression work brings me a lot of joy to keep doing the best I can.
Outside of work, Autumn enjoys baking, watching movies, playing with her dog, and spending quality time with family and friends.
With compassion and understanding, we can create an environment where all people, from any walk of life, can feel safe. By working together, and understanding each other, we can help eliminate violence.
I’m inspired and energized by the critical hope that continues to build as we work collectively to end violence. I believe a long history of destructive norms fueled by a quest for dominance, in a myriad of forms, has created intersecting cycles of historical and intergenerational trauma, loss, grief, violence, and educational, health, social, and economic disparities. Policies and systems for addressing these social problems have too often been created within these cultural norms.
We have a lot of work to do! Still, I have critical hope as I witness ripples of transformative change, through each of our personal and professional commitments. Being deeply committed to open-ended processes of growing in gentle self-compassion, insight, and healing; experiencing and working toward meaningful and healthy relationships built on foundations of dignity; humbly seeking and collectively sharing lifelong learning; and connecting in an equalized multicultural approach that values all voices, we are transforming our beloved communities together.
I am grateful for the privilege of doing this work, with, and on behalf of, all people, as we draw on our own otherness in the ongoing process of creating safe, supportive, compassionate, socially just and equitable spaces where we grow, live, learn, work, and play.
Practicing law was not the reason I went to law school; I wanted to change the world as it seemed the world was entirely out of balance for those wanting to live free and safe lives. If our legal system is oppressive and not functioning for those who need it, it is because we made it so. We can change it. Find your voice. Recognize you have a story to tell and join us.
My favorite quote for this work is from Alice Walker, “I am the woman offering two flowers whose roots are twin. Justice and Hope. Hope and Justice. Let us begin.”
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Equity and Inclusion Specialist
I like to imagine French philosopher, Luce Irigaray’s world where we “love across difference, not by
reducing identity to notions of sameness, but by accounting for belonging through the recognition of the
irreducible differences between us.” (G. Blue)
My hope is that to imagine such a world is to see it. To see this world, able to language it. To language it,
able to live it. To live it, transform self and help make a world more equitable, inclusive and free.
Education is empowering and transformative. When communities are empowered, they have the ability to change their lives and the lives of future generations.
When Jody is not collaborating with communities for social change, she tries to spend as much time as possible climbing rocks, running miles and miles, and sharing her love of the mountains with her daughter.
Anyone can be a victim of sexual violence. Domestic violence transcends race, culture, economic status and social class. I seek to help individuals identify their legal needs and offer a wholistic approach to legal representation that aides healing.
“Doctors…still retain a high degree of public confidence because they are perceived as healers. Should lawyers not be healers? Healers, not warriors? Healers, not procurers? Healers, not hired guns?”
~ Warren Burger, Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court (1969-1986)
My passion for the work at WCADVSA comes from eagerness to dismantle systemic structures that allow gender based violence to thrive, especially among BIPOC communities. Outside of work, you will find me rooting for University of Michigan football and spending time in all the lovely nature that Wyoming has to offer.
My dream is to live in a world where we celebrate diversity and equality; where everyone has an equal opportunity to be physically, psychologically, and economically safe and secure; where marginalized populations have a voice and are universally supported; and where communities can have important discussions on issues of social justice and social services that will foster progressive social action and strong alliances.
The movement toward social justice is at the core of our work and this requires that the truth of our lives and what has happened to us be told, that the harm we have experienced be repaired, and the conditions that give rise to the violence be eradicated.
I am grateful to work for an amazing organization with friends and colleagues who share my dream and are dedicated to making it reality.
When I am not at work you can find me loving on my four-legged family members, wining and dining with friends/family, spending time outdoors, shopping ‘til I drop, interior decorating, or dreaming about the future.
Men play the most essential role in ending gender-based violence. The messages we receive about masculinity from our earliest ages create a barrier between us and the people we want to ally with. It begins with our willingness to step out of our comfort zone and understand that not everybody sees through the same lens; then we can take that knowledge and initiate it into how we raise our young boys.
Bob is a Kansas City Chiefs and Royals Superfan and loves an occasional rock concert with his family.