What is our Purpose?
Our purpose is to resist white supremacy through the collective building of brave, transformative anti-racist leaders.
What do we do?
We facilitate workshops and conversations, provide individual and group coaching, and consult with organizations; all towards the transformation of self, systems, and communities to become spaces in which Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) are seen, valued, loved, heard, powerful, wealthy, healthy and liberated. We prioritize the creation of healing spaces for BIPOC; inspiring a journey towards self-love and authentic leadership.
What is the vision?
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), strong in mind, spirit and love, will heal our bodies, feed our souls; and in our authenticity, light up this earth and lead our people towards vitality (peace and freedom).
Why work with Middle Waters?
Middle Waters is about the soul connection; your past, present, and future; leading through vulnerability; and a robust dose of accountability to your word: INTEGRITY not FAKEQUITY. In other words, it is all about how you are standing in your power and developing into a Brave, Transformative, Anti-Racist Leader. We also promise to show up and model this for and with you.
While there are many consultants, experts, and organizations that are dedicated to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) work, we want to make sure that we are the best fit for you. Our goal is NOT to serve White institutions so they can look good. Our goal is to serve communities of color by guiding and uplifting leaders (of all races) to disrupt systems of oppression. We are looking for clients that want more than to appear to be doing the work. If your goals align with ours, we are here to work with you.
Meet the Owner
I am a mother, sister, friend, and story seeker. I live deeply from an emotional place and invite all to get comfy and join me there as you explore your past, present, and future. Tears are welcomed. My whole life I have been asked, “What are you?” This is not what people are asking me. They want to place me in a “box,” identifying my race. Through years of exploring the impacts of racism on my life, I am claiming my identity through knowing my Indigenous, Filipina, & White ancestry and committing to raising my racial consciousness. I am someone who enjoys a good macaroni and cheese, long talks with friends at a coffee shop, and discovering new places with my family.
My career began in the world of social work. Through non-profit, government, and education, I have worked to address the social ills of America through serving communities experiencing homelessness, poverty, abuse, mental illness, and chemical dependency for over 15 years. As I realized more efforts were needed to prevent these social injustices, I turned to the educational system to work with our emerging young leaders.
My accomplishments include leading transformative racial equity workshops for adults and youth, developing innovative programming to increase academic participation for students experiencing homelessness, creation of a regional network of supports for students in foster care, developing a culturally relevant curriculum, and coaching school leaders in developing anti-racist schools.
I am a believer that people should not be judged by their titles, degrees, or what is deemed as "qualifying credentials". We all have gifts, talents, and strengths that should be valued above these titles. I also believe how others experience me, is the real qualifying credential. So that my friends, is an invitation. Let's get to know each other!