My work is guided by the Racial Justice, Intersectionality, Disability Justice, Healing Justice, Trauma Responsive and Transformative Justice frameworks, each which hold radical, transformative accountability at their core. As such, I would like to thank you for taking the time to center your self compassion and encourage you to hold me accountable to the intentions set within my work spaces.
As a refresher or if you are new to my work, I curate my spaces with the following intentions in mind:
– Intention to Acknowledge Indigenous Sacrifice – I acknowledge that I’m currently living on land native to the Kizh, the Tongva and the Chumash which is colonially known as Los Angeles, CA. However, I also acknowledge that land acknowledgements without active efforts to decolonize knowledge sharing and to support indigenous communities are performative in nature. As I learn more about my ability to support indigenous scholarship, I encourage you to share any resources and to hold me to this intention. To locate the Indigenous people who lived where you now live, check out this site: https://native-land.ca/
– Intention to Recognize Humanity and Wholeness – Taken from Disability Justice Principles. Understanding the inherent worth in people. Each person and community has a full history and life experience. We all have trauma. We all live in a white supremacy culture. Your access needs matter.
- – Intention to Cite and Credit Scholars – The information that I share in my workshops and that I base my own work on is the fruit of the labor of generations of black & indigenous scholars, of queer and trans scholars and of survivors.
- – Intention to Curate an EMBOLDENING Space – I acknowledge that no space can be inherently safe, so I instead set the intention for the spaces I hold to curate bravery so as to encourage accountability, artistry and growth.
- – Intention to Center Accountability and acknowledge the Limits of Language – In many ways, we are limited by our language. As language evolves for the purposes of justice, we must evolve with it. I encourage you to hold me accountable for the language that is used as I come into every space eager to learn and to improve my practices.
With all of that said, if you would like to bring a grievance to my attention, please follow the following steps:
- When bringing forward a grievance, I encourage you to first bring the grievance to me directly via the evaluation method provided (if in a workshop) or via email at email@example.com. I’d be happy to speak with you virtually over email or to set up a time to speak with you over the phone or via Zoom. I very much value your input and believe your call in to be a gift while acknowledging the emotional labor required to choose this option.
- If a resolution is not reached or if you do not feel comfortable reaching out to me directly, please contact my accountability partner, Gillian Betz at firstname.lastname@example.org with your grievance.
- Once the grievance is received, I will contact my accountability pod and / or consult with the appropriate parties in order to find a resolution that centers transformative accountability and justice.
- Then, I will respond to you within 2 to 3 business days regarding our next steps. That response may look like an update regarding how much additional time may be needed to properly respond to your grievance.
If AASECT Continuing Education units were offered in the space where the grievance occurred, please follow this additional step if you do not feel as if the conflict was resolved through the aforementioned steps. Put your grievance in writing and bring them directly to AASECT personnel at email@example.com.
NOTE: Because I center Black, Indigenous and People of Color, Queer people and Disabled people in my work, grievances made in the form of disguised white supremacy, colorism, homomisia or transmisia and / or ableism will not be addressed but will instead be met with education and resources on why and how the grievance curates harm through the systems of white supremacy, anti-blackness, ableism and the prison industrial complex. This can look like claims of reverse racism / discrimination, and issues that centers the comfort non-disabled and / or non-global majority people. That is because the reverse of discrimination is inclusion and the reverse of racism is radical acceptance.
This work is about bringing forward a vision of justice where all are welcome to show up as their full and complete selves. That includes practicing radical compassion for the self and for others to have the ability to speak in draft, to remain in a state of constant learning and unlearning and to encourage the growth that can exist within discomfort, while maintaining our personal boundaries and acknowledging the personal power we hold. Thank you for walking with me in this work as I work toward that vision. I look forward to the potential of being in community with you once more.
This page is always in a state of being updated.
Noticed something missing? I welcome any suggestions or additions.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, “Additions – Grievance Policy”.