Justice Retreat: October 25-28, 2019
Audre Lorde asks us, “What are the words you do not have yet?” Our stories are sacred, rooted in our own experiences and identities, that when better understood can help us grow our vocabulary and “show up” more fully in a wider circle of community. This weekend we will explore how we carry our stories, identities, experiences, and values with us into spaces of social change, and how that matters. We will be working with these living questions. How do we honor our differences and common goals together? What does it mean to tend and nurture alliances? Join us as we enter into dialogue, workshop, and reflective practice to build cultural self-awareness, cultivate empathy, and build supportive and equitable relationships across difference.
If you have always wanted to engage in social justice, but don’t know where to start, you’ve come to the right place. Claire Smith, Stacy Kitahata, Taylor Tibbs, and Kristina Gonzalez come with years of experience as facilitators, social justice seekers, and community members. They invite you into the following question: how do we build supportive and equitable intercultural relationships?
Claire Smith (she/her): Claire holds her BA in English Literature and Hispanic Studies and her Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington. She received her training in intercultural capacity building from the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship and Kaleidoscope Institute, and has been honing her facilitation practice with an amazing Community of Practice in the Seattle area. Claire spent two years serving with Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest gaining experience advocating with Latinx survivors of intimate partner violence and academically supporting young people on the Crow Reservation in St. Xavier, MT. She has known and loved Holden for many years, and is excited to connect with retreat attendees.
Stacy Kitahata (she/her): A graduate of UCLA and McCormick Theological Seminary, Stacy comes with over 25 years of leadership experience with faith communities, grassroots organizations and higher education. She served as Dean of Community at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and as director of the Center for Community Engagement at Trinity Lutheran College. She also served as outreach staff with the synods of Region 1. She currently serves as Program Director for the Krista Foundation for Global Citizenship, designing and conducting intercultural experiential leadership development.
Taylor Tibbs (she/her/they/them) served through AmeriCorps with Urban Leaders in Training and with the Act Six Leadership and Scholarship Program. Today They are the Program Director for Act Six and creates curriculum to help young emerging multicultural leaders make positive change at home and on their college campuses. Outside of Act Six, Taylor serves on the Board of the Krista Foundation, leads workshops in the south Seattle community, and raises funds with the Social Justice Fund Northwest's Black-Led Organizing Project. Taylor is the also the recipient of the Puget Sound Sage Emerging Leadership Award. They are looking forward to learning more about their own intersectional identities and becoming better Global Citizen.
Kristina Gonzalez (she/her) serves as Director of Leadership Development for an Inclusive Church with the PNW Conference of the United Methodist Church (UM). She develops curriculum and offers leadership development opportunities in intercultural competency. Kristina is senior staff of the Bishop Jack and Marjorie Tuell Center for Leadership Excellence, instilling a culture of innovation among lay and clergy for the work of the church in the world. She is a Qualified Administrator in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and Associate with the Kaleidoscope Center for Leadership in a Diverse Changing World. Kristina has professional experience in the public and non-profit sectors working in the arts and human services. Her community service work includes 8 years on the Curriculum Committee of Leadership Tomorrow, a community leadership program serving King County (WA), and a term of their Board of Trustees. She served on the UM Connectional Table, the denomination’s global leadership body, and chaired the Washington Association of Churches. Kristina has a BA in Economics and Political Science from Willamette University.