¡Conoce a nuestros becados del 2018!
Nicole Ektnitphong is an educator, organizer, youth worker, and trainer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota with roots in Thailand and Laos. She dreams of intergenerational building and ways to continue centering healing in movements. Raised in Southwest Minnesota, Nicole’s organizing community has grown + blossomed through her relationships and work with youth of color in her hometown of Worthington, the Divestment Student Network, the broader climate justice movement, Voices for Racial Justice, and Asians for Black Lives. Rock climbing, eating noodle soups, writing, and planning adventures are nourishing ways of being for Nicole’s soul.
Heidi Maria Lopez is a first generation, queer, Quiskeyana who believes in people and our power to shape our lives, heal and create new possibilities. Heidi Maria builds relationships that change this world so that Black and Brown people, particularly poor Black and Brown people, take back was has been taken from us, (re)claim our history and shape our own lives without the intervention of racist and oppressive systems.
Heidi Maria has had paid work in a variety of settings from youth development to higher education and city government; she brings organizing, healing, love and liberation into all the settings she’s in. Ms. Lopez has a GED and an MSW. Heidis’ current organizing is as a racial equity and liberation facilitator all over the world and in the gatherings she hosts in her hometown of Washington Heights that center ancestral wisdom, racial equity, healing and building community.
Nico Fonseca is a gender variant disabled fat femme nuyorican from Brooklyn. They’re a cultural worker and brujx with deep commitments to ancestral work, legacy and knowledge and connecting those to political strategies towards liberation. Their pronouns are they, them and papi. They practice healing, resilience and resistance through laughter, dancing and learning from their peoples in struggle.
Cleopatra (aka Cleo aka Cleopatra From The Bronx) is an African-American Femmeboiant Queer who was born, raised, and lived in The Bronx, New York for 28 years. As a first-generation born child of Ghanaian immigrants, education and access has always been a huge focus in Cleopatra’s life and she aims to make both priority issues in all areas of her life. Cleopatra hopes to collapse universes that hold our collective oppression and trauma in effort to make space for truth and new galaxies that build our values of resiliency and abundance. Cleopatra’s pronouns are She, Her, and Sir. She describes her facilitation persona as a Top Femme Daddx. When Cleopatra isn’t organizing, she can be found not finishing her Cosplay* for the comic book convention that is two days away.
Ashley "AG" Green
AG is a movement organizer and trainer focused on working at the intersections of racial and economic justice. They are an Atlanta-native, but have spent the last few years invested in growing community power across the state of Florida with the Dream Defenders. This includes campaigns like Kids Not Criminals, focused on ending the school-to-prison pipeline in Hillsborough and Pinellas County. They cut their teeth in movement building as a student organizer at Rollins College, fighting for LGBTQ safety and inclusion on campuses in Central Florida. From there, they had a brief stint as a political organizer, working on local, state, and national campaigns, including the successful campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama in 2012. It’s in their work with Dream Defenders, and in the Childs Park community, that they’ve found their greatest sense of purpose. They remain steadfast and committed to building a world where black and brown youth can see their dreams and aspirations fully realized, free from fear of jail cells or the trap of poverty. Ashley is also a life-long lover of comic books and hopes to one day run a Black-centric novelty shop.
Rachel Gilmer is a Black feminist organizer with nearly 10 years experience in advocacy, programs, leadership development, research and writing on issues of racial and social justice. Rachel has been with the Dream Defenders since 2015.
Prior to this, Rachel served as the Associate Director of the African American Policy Forum (AAPF). During her time with AAPF, Rachel helped to develop national advocacy and research campaigns to call for the inclusion of women and girls of color in racial justice frameworks organized under the hashtags #BlackGirlsMatter, #SayHerName, #HerDreamDeferred and #WhyWeCant. Through this effort, Rachel helped to establish a national town hall hearing series focused on creating public opportunities for women and girls of color to break the silence on the challenges they face across a range of issues, including criminalization, school pushout, sexual assault, domestic violence and poverty.
Rachel has organized on issues of racial and social justice in a variety of settings, including schools, prisons, community based organizations and government. In 2013, she led a campaign against the forced removal of Portland’s historically Black neighborhoods which resulted in the allotment of 20 million additional dollars towards affordable housing and the establishment of a right of return policy for former residents of the community.
Rachel graduated from Vassar College in 2010 with a degree in American Culture and Africana Studies. As a fourth year student, she received an award for her thesis, a critical analysis of the rise of Barack Obama as both an emerging hero of the African Diaspora and the new face of American hegemonic power. While researching the project, she received a grant to conduct fieldwork in France, where she worked with various civil rights organizations in Paris, studying the impact his presidency has had on Black French people’s view of themselves and America.
Nikki Shaffeeullah is a Toronto-based facilitator, director, performer and community-engaged artist who supports people in telling their own stories and facilitates the development of creative communities. Nikki believes art should disrupt the status quo; centre the margins; engage with the ancient; dream of the future; and be for everyone. Her current projects include serving as artistic director of The AMY Project, a devised theatre and arts mentorship program for young women and non-binary youth; associate artistic director of the community arts company Jumblies Theatre, and half of the community-engaged puppetry and music duo Sea Lettuce. She facilitates training for community-engaged artists through programs at Jumblies and AMY and is committed to increased support, training, and resources for community artists who are IBPOC (Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour), particularly those from queer and trans communities. For four years she was editor-in-chief of alt.theatre magazine, Canada’s only professional journal dedicated to the intersections of politics, cultural plurality, social activism, and the stage. She has lead and supported community-engaged theatre and art projects across Canada and internationally. Nikki holds an MFA in Community-Engaged Theatre from the University of Alberta and her thesis Staging Diversity: A Decolonial Praxis of Intercultural Feminist Theatre Creation won the 2013 Canadian Association for Theatre Research in Intercultural Theatre. She is informed by 15+ years of anti-racist organization, 10+ years of feminist and queer organizing; a family who loves music, food, and justice; and an inherited and unshakeable love of puns.
Estructura de las becas JCJ
Con el apoyo de un entrenador de TPLJ, los becados crean un plan de trabajo de un año, definiendo los objetivos de aprendizaje que buscarán lograr a lo largo de la beca. Este plan puede incluir el desarrollo de diseños de taller, nuevas herramientas, la planificación de programas de taller, recibir comentarios sobre su trabajo, la incorporación de lectura o teoría en el trabajo y la escritura, entre otras actividades.
Los becados, junto con el apoyo de su entrenador, llevarán a cabo un seguimiento de su progreso durante todo el año e identificarán oportunidades de aprendizaje adicionales, tales como: talleres de TPLJ, intercambio de experiencias de taller con otros talleristas y talleres con otras modalidades de taller. Se invita y alienta a los becados a trabajar mutuamente en proyectos y a participar en otros eventos de TPLJ. La beca es un compromiso de un año, de enero a diciembre, con la oportunidad de ser renovada por un segundo año.
Como parte de la beca Judith C. Jones, cada participante recibirá:
- Tutoría y asesoramiento individual, mensualmente.
- Apoyo para desarrollar nuevas herramientas, folletos y artículos.
- Oportunidades para participar en seminarios web sobre diversos temas, o para conducirlos utilizando la educación experiencial para el cambio social.
- Un retiro en Philadelfia para reunirse y construir relaciones con otros participantes, coordinadores del programa y talleristas de TPLJ.
- Becas completas para asistir a cualquier taller de TPLJ mientras dure su beca JCJ.
- Conexión a la amplia red de TPLJ.
- La oportunidad de renovar su beca por un segundo año en el programa.
Para mayor información sobre el impacto que a tenido el programa JCJ de años anteriores, vea el siguiente video del año 2015.
Coordinadores del Programa
Nico Amador is a poet, cat lover and taco enthusiast. From 2008-2015, he served as Co-Director of Training for Change and is the founder of the Judith C. Jones Fellowship. Nico has over ten years’ experience as a community organizer, trainer, educator, and coach for other activists. He has led over 300 trainings and trained over 7000 people in skills for movement-building and social change. His prior work includes grassroots efforts to reprioritize spending for education over prisons, win a living wage, support urban farming, and defend the rights of conscientious objectors, among others. In Philadelphia, Nico helped direct a successful grassroots campaign to end a public transportation system policy that discriminated against transgender passengers, and was a part of taking on the casino industry in a community-led campaign to keep predatory gambling out of residential areas. Nico currently lives in Vermont and works on issues concerning mass incarceration and racial justice.
shreya shah, mph, is a south asian facilitator/trainer with over 11 years experience in supporting grassroots groups and movement work- often integrating creative approaches as an activist coach, visual data tools designer, artist, and writer. shreya was first politicized as a youth worker, building and implementing sexual health and transformative justice, anti-violence programming for LGBTQ and homeless youth of color at a one-stop health center. in collaboration with other artists, healers, and organizers, their work lies at the intersections of racial, gender, and economic justice.
shreya’s art and facilitation opens up space for embodied trauma-healing and resiliency practices and processes for self- and community-determination. shreya works across the states with training for change as well as saltwater social justice training- with homes in Oakland, CA; Michigan; and Philadelphia, PA. shreya loves singing, visiting with the ocean and woods, and laughing loudly with loved ones. Check out www.saltwatertraining.org for more information!
Omi Masika’s (they/them) relationship with TFC started in 2013 when they attended the Training for Social Action Trainers for People of Color (POC TSAT). Before joining the JCJ Coordinator team, they were a graduate of the Super-T, the Training for Transformation, and the 2nd class of the JCJ Fellowship.
Their work primarily consists of coaching and mentorship through the Judith C. Jones Fellowship, the Fund for Trans Generations, and most recently facilitating the Trans Justice Community School for the Audre Lorde Project. They believe that healing is at the root of their training work. When participants are given the space to heal from past trauma and hurt, there is more openness to transformation.
When they aren’t facilitating and training, they are an assistant coach for the youth Muay Thai program at 8 Limbs Academy, and are a member of the 8 Limbs Academy competition team.
Para calificar a una beca de Judith C. Jones, los solicitantes deberán:
- Identificarse como una persona de color. Por favor contáctate con nosotros por cualquier duda sobre cómo utilizamos este lenguaje y sobre su elegibilidad.
- Haber completado nuestro Taller de Talleristas por la Justicia Social (TSAT), o un taller del Philadelphia Organizing Skills Institute.
- Tener en claro sus objetivos para con el programa JCJ y haber identificado aquellas áreas de crecimiento personal, como talleristas, organizador o activista.
- Estar trabajando o dando talleres dentro de un contexto de cambio social.
- Identificar algún programa de entrenamiento, taller u oportunidad de facilitación permanente, en el que trabajará durante el año que dure su beca. En otras palabras, los solicitantes deberán tener un contexto en el que puedan poner en práctica las habilidades que adquieran durante el programa JCJ.
- Ser capaces de comprometerse a participar en el programa JCJ durante un año. Los becados tendrán la oportunidad de renovar por un segundo año en caso de que lo deseen.
- Vivir en Estados Unidos o en Canadá.
Esta beca NO está dirigida a…
- Personas que aún no hayan asistido a algún taller de TPLJ.
- Personas que no sean parte de una red, trabajo o grupo que proporcione oportunidades para utilizar lo que aprendieron como talleristas.
- Personas que busquen apoyo administrativo o de marketing para iniciar su propio negocio como consultores.
- Personas fuera de Estados Unidos o Canadá.
Cada año recibimos muchas más solicitudes en comparación a los espacios disponibles que tenemos.
Un comité compuesto por el personal y talleristas de TPLJ, será el encargado de decidir sobre las solicitudes. El comité considerará todos los aspectos de la solicitud de cada postulante, el conocimiento que poseen de ellos mismos como talleristas o facilitadores y la composición total del grupo de solicitantes. Más allá de los requerimientos anteriormente mencionados, estamos dispuestos a aceptar personas que utilicen habilidades de taller y facilitación en diferentes campos y contextos de cambio social. Sin embargo, generalmente damos prioridad a aquellas personas que estén comprometidas en movimientos de cambio social, ya sea a través de organizaciones de base o grupos comunitarios; campañas de acción directa o del desarrollo de liderazgo fuera de instituciones académicas, agencias de servicios sociales o grandes instituciones. Si quieres postular, por favor asegúrate de incluir ejemplos sobre tu relación con este tipo de participación para el cambio social.
Si no eres elegible para este programa, pero quieres invertir en el desarrollo y apoyo de los líderes de color del movimiento social, visita nuestra página para donaciones.
Ashley “AG” Green
Judith C. Jones
This Fellowship program is named in honor of TFC Training Elder Judith C. Jones, Ph.D. Also known as “Diva Bear”, Judith worked with Training for Change for over a decade and for many years was a lead trainer in TFC’s Training for Social Action Trainers and Advanced Training of Trainer workshops. Judith grew up in Philadelphia, received her doctorate in Political Science from Atlanta University and has taught at Penn State University and at Philadelphia University. Judith is also co-author of Two Voices from the Front Line: A Conversation about Race in the Classroom, an article found in the award winning anthology Race in the College Classroom, published by Rutgers University Press. She has led diversity and conflict workshops for a diverse client base and has served as a guide and role model to many of us who have worked with her as up-and-coming trainers.
Este programa de becas recibe su nombre en honor a la tallerista de TPLJ y doctora Judith C. Jones. También conocida como “Diva Bear”, Judith trabajó con TPLJ por más de una década y, durante muchos años, fue tallerista líder en el taller del Taller para talleristas activistas (TSAT) de TPLJ, y de Taller Avanzado para Talleristas (ADTOT). Judith se crió en Philadelfia, recibió su doctorado en Ciencias Políticas de la Universidad de Atlanta y ha enseñado en la Universidad Estatal de Pensilvania y en la Universidad de Philadelfia. Judith también es coautora de ‘Two Voices from the Front Line: A Conversation about Race in the Classroom’, un artículo que se encuentra dentro de la premiada antología Race in the College Classroom, publicada por la prensa de la Universidad Rutgers. Judith ha liderado talleres sobre conflictos y diversidad dirigidos a una amplia variedad de clientes y ha sido una guía y modelo a seguir para muchos de nosotros, quienes hemos trabajado con ella como futuros talleristas.