The Truth and Titus Collective

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About The Truth and Titus Collective

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.

We aspire to take up the legacy that Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) and Frances Titus (1816-1894) left in Battle Creek. As people of different races who share the goal of achieving equity for all people and communities in Battle Creek and beyond, 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.

Denise Miller (they/them) ~ T&T Partner
Denise has over twenty years of nonprofit, academic and anti-racism work. They are also a poet, an artist and a vegan chef who founded, owned, and served as executive chef of their own restaurant! Denise is the co-founder of the Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative. During their tenure at Fire they served as Public Arts Coordinator and, eventually, Vice-President of the Board of Directors. As a well-regarded anti-racism and intersectionality facilitator, Denise has facilitated trainings with the WMU School of Medicine, the Center for Diversity and Innovation at Kellogg Community College, and the ARCUS Center for Social Justice Leadership, among others. To view more of denise's work, go to

EJ McGaughy (they/them) ~ T&T Founding Partner
Facilitator. Clergy. Writer. Activist. Ej seeks to use their gifts to embolden movements for social justice and institutional transformation for equity. They are a native Californian currently living in Battle Creek, MI, with their wife Kate and kids Maddie, Aurora, and Isaiah. They have a Master’s in Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion and specialize in trauma and spiritual care.
Meredith Stravers (she/her) ~ T&T Founding Partner
Facilitator. Writer. Activist. Educator. Black Feminist. Certified Coach. Meredith spent nearly two decades in higher education, working with students and adjunct teaching. Her most recent 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.
Sara Johnson (she/her) ~ T&T Founding Partner
Learner. Educator. Facilitator. Activist. Sara left an enriching 16+ year career in teaching 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 speculative 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.
Shannon Sykes-Nehring (she/her) ~ T&T Partner
Activist. Facilitator. Writer. Healing Practitioner. Homesteader. Shannon has roughly two decades of experience organizing for racial, reproductive, gender, immigration, economic, and environmental justice. She also has over ten years facilitation experience, specializing in discussions on implicit bias, self-care as a radical act, and healing as a practice of decolonization. In 2019 she launched Liberation Within, meant to build movement space focused on imagining a more just future, rather than fighting against a system currently imploding on itself. Her upcoming book, "There Are No Heroes: Liberating ourselves from within" is scheduled for release in 2020. When she's not facilitating, writing, or coaching, Shannon spends her time on the homestead, Quiet Creek Farms, laughing and loving with her partner and four inspiring young creatives. There they explore permaculture practices while raising goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits.

Tha Tin Par (she/her) ~ T&T Founding Partner
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 licensed 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 listen to podcasts.</wix>

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