Cherie Bridges Patrick, PhD—is a racial justice consultant, leadership coach, and psychotherapist who works with counseling professionals, educators, and organizational leaders. She integrates her trauma-focused expertise with her coaching, consulting, and facilitation work to build relational, resource, dialogic, and leadership capacity for racial justice. Cherie has practiced clinical social work for nearly 16 years, is the founder of Paradox Cross-Cultural Consulting, Training and Empowerment, LLC, and holds a PhD in Leadership and Change. Her PhD research focused on racism, racism denial, whiteness, and racial justice in social work practice.
After receiving her doctoral degree in American Studies, with specializations in media studies and gender studies, from Washington State University in 2013, Dr. Nichole Bogarosh began teaching full-time at Whitworth University (Spokane, WA) in Communication Studies and Women and Gender Studies. She was also the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies for several years for the University and is currently a member of the University’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Board. Her research focuses on issues of diversity, equity, and representation and looking at these through an intersectional feminist lens in the media and other social institutions.
Anissa Stewart, Ph.D. is a professional development and instructional design specialist, with over two decades of experience teaching across all levels of education. She has developed curriculum and professional development trainings in business communication, human resources, leadership, management consulting, marketing, personal branding, teacher education, among others.
Dr Lois Phillips was the founder of the Antioch University Santa Barbara Campus while earning her doctorate at UCSB. Her ability to speak to business groups, institutional partners, and the press was critical to the success of starting the campus. Her consulting practice centered around strategic planning for organizations across sector including non-profits, governmental agencies, and universities. Her doctoral research centered around gender and rhetoric and the value of using a gestalt therapy approach to teach students how to overcome anxiety and develop self-confidence (in general) by gaining speaking skills
She has presented her research at the JFK School at Harvard University, to Babson College MBA Alumni, and professional women at UCSB. She co-produced two television programs about the changing roles of women and has written WOMEN SEEN AND HEARD: LESSONS LEARNED FROM SUCCESSFUL SPEAKERS and WOMEN SEEN AND HEARD SPEAKER’S JOURNAL with co-author Dr Anita Perez Ferguson. She is an executive coach to women in leadership roles and often is asked to comment on changes such as the #METOO phenomenon. Students say she is a lively presenter who practices what she teaches.
Lena Moran-Acereto is an activist, an educator and an advocate in the field of social justice, with an expertise in language justice. Lena is an Antioch University Santa Barbara alumna whose expertise has led her to facilitate workshops and trainings across California and to provide consultation to organizations, school districts, healthcare and government agencies as well as present and speak at conferences throughout the United States.
Dr. Naomi Nightingale spends great deal of her life working to improve life for people who are pushed to the margins of society by power systems in every important aspect of life — housing, education, lae enforcement, historical recognition and preservation and so on. In her professional career as an educator , human resource professional, and change agent, my goal is also to assist people to get to where they want to go professionally while ensuring the policies and practices support both the employee and the employer.