Through my role as a Senior Community Engagement Specialist, I strive to center humanity in all our work. I bring a background in anti-racist practices, applying a racial equity lens to engagement frameworks and building connections between unlikely partners. I love that PRR culture includes a growth-mindset, which means my colleagues join me in introspection and learning every day. My work in the community extends to the performing arts and aiding in mother’s lifelong support of those suffering PTSD in the decades since the Balkan War. At home, I love reading fantasy novels and hanging out with my two cats and wonderful husband. If I’m not being a hermit, I’m out on the town with my queer community, my punk family, or my wonderful and vast array of friends.
An anti-racist PRR dismantles systems of advantage based on race when and wherever possible. We engage staff of all racial identities in dismantling white supremacy culture at work. This includes personal ideologies, beliefs, and behaviors. And, it includes removing white supremacy culture from the systems, cultural messages, institutional policies, procedures, and practices that PRR and our staff interact with and inform. We believe it is not enough to be “not racist.” We must be “anti-racist.”