The Truth and Titus Collective

is creating Intersectional Institutional Transformation
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About The Truth and Titus Collective

ABOUT US: The Truth and Titus Collective is emergent, interactive, intersectional, and collaborative in our approach to the work of facilitating equitable transformation at the individual and institutional levels. In our trainings we support participants in connecting with mind, body, spirit, history, and community. We seek to embody and elevate adaptability, accountability, and healing in our work. We aspire to cultivate brave space where people feel safe enough to risk authenticity, vulnerability, and growth. Our model does not shy away from prompting the cognitive dissonance and discomfort necessary to sustain equitable change. Every step of the way--both inside and outside of formal training--we offer love and support.

ABOUT OUR NAME: We aspire to take up the legacy that Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) and Frances Titus (1816-1894) left in Battle Creek. As four women of different races with the goal of achieving equity for all people and communities in Battle Creek, we consider them (Truth and Titus) chosen ancestors in this place and time. From Truth and Titus we have learned the importance of working toward political goals from sisterhood solidarity, in faith. From them we have learned the importance of using the access we have--to resources and communities--for the liberation of marginalized groups. From them we have learned how important it is to take care of each other even as we work toward what may seem impossible on the surface. We commit to having our work be grounded in their legacies. When we lose our way, or get frustrated, we will return to them for energy and staying power. We promise to tell their stories every time we start a new client, to keep their memory alive and build on the power of who they were/are. We promise to take a percentage of our money and donate it to the Sojourner Truth Institute as a form of reparations. We promise to remain open to learning more and more about these pioneering women who literally blessed the ground that we now walk on. As we do the work of intersectional equity at the institutional level here in Battle Creek and beyond, we know they are the ancestors we most need and this is why we claim their names.

ABOUT OUR TRAINERS:

ej: Facilitator. Clergy. Writer. Activist. Ej seeks to use her gifts to embolden movements for social justice and institutional transformation for equity. She is a native Californian currently living in Battle Creek, MI, with her wife Kate and kids Maddie, Aurora, and Isaiah. She has her Master’s in Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion and specializes in trauma and spiritual care.

Tha: Facilitator. Community Organizer. Activist. Life-Coach. Social Worker. Tha’s passion for social justice and equity stem from her faith as a Christian and personal life experiences as Asian American immigrant womyn. She holds a Bachelor’s in Sociology and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Tha is a limited license master social worker and certified professional life coach through Leadership That Works. Tha loves to spend quality time with her partner Ro, read young adult novels, and listening to podcasts.

Sara: Learner. Educator. Facilitator. Activist. Sara left an enriching career in public school teaching in 2016 to pursue social justice work directly. Her partner Erik and children Matteus, Kieffer, and Owen fill her life with support, joy, and accountability as she seeks to create change toward a world that is worthy of them. She is a licensed teacher with degrees in secondary education, English, and Spanish; she holds a Master’s from Wayne State University. Sara enjoys visionary science fiction and uses this passion to inform her vision of an equitable world. She specializes in curriculum development and design, content delivery, educational systems, and youth work.

Meredith: Writer. Activist. Educator. Black Feminist. Certified Coach. Meredith has spent nearly two decades in higher education, working with students and adjunct teaching. Her last role in higher education was in the social justice/equity arena. Meredith is a Battle Creek, Michigan native and has two children, Jayden and Josiah (Josie) and is a podcast/documentary fan. Meredith holds a Bachelor’s in Family Life Education, a Master’s in Family Studies and recently received her coaching certification through Leadership That Works. Meredith believes in ancestral rootedness as a pathway to reparations.
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