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So dig this, sis. I took some workout progress pics this weekend. And they made me miserable. Because I couldn’t see the changes. Sure, there were some obvious differences, my legs are more toned, abdomen smaller…but I wanted more muscles. Where was my definition? Never mind that I’ve been bulking (consuming surplus calories) to gain weight, I wanted to see muscles. Like the ones I saw on that progress pic I took that one time. But better. Like I saw on Instagram. I wanted to be an Ins[...]
Life Behind the Veil just wrapped up a year-long workshop series with Lincoln College. The series, "They Told You To Go To College, Now What?" was designed to decrease risk factors/increase protective factors that impact retention with a focus on students of color, women and students of lower socioeconomic status. Throughout the year, I facilitated workshops on related topics including time management, self awareness at a predominately white institution, community violence, business[...]
I facilitated a couple of diversity workshops yesterday (8th grade students). While I typically work with young girls, the groups were predominately male (one group was all male). One of the young men made this for me. I can't really describe all of the emotions I experienced in just a few hours. Pride. Sadness. Promise. Anger. Love. Frustration. Delight. I can better articulate the need for more as it relates to young men of color. More of everything we have to offer. In the same way that th[...]
This weekend I had the pleasure of facilitating a weekend of workshops for the McLean County Diversity Project. 24 Scholars examined diversity, inclusion and workplace discrimination through a series of activities, dialogue and lecture. We explored racism, sexism, ageism, heterosexism, ableism and classism through an intersectional lens. I am still wiped out! Check out a few pictures from our weekend. If these young people are an indication of our future, we are in good hands.[...]