Everyone is welcome in my practice with regard to race, gender identity, gender expression, ability, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, immigration status and/or country of origin.
I want to help people bring as much of themselves to work as they want and feel safe to. Ideally, we could bring our whole selves – however there are systemic, institutional, interpersonal, internalized, cultural and economic biases and discrimination that prevent that from being a reality and expect tradeoffs for authenticity. We also have things that we just don’t want to bring to work. If there’s any way that I can be of support in helping you bring as much of yourself to your work as you want, I am honored to do that.
There are a couple of life experiences that have shaped me with regard to equity:
- Watching and supporting my mom in her journey with multiple sclerosis, a progressive neurological disease. Over a span of twenty years, she lost the use of all her limbs. As you can imagine, that affected her work life greatly. My mom was sure about wanting to contribute through work, and continually came up against barriers to doing so. She modified the ways she worked over and over, as well as what she did for a living. Watching her commitment and joy in being of service to others shaped my thoughts about what’s possible for our work lives and the specific connection to human dignity through work.
- Working at Nike in Information Technology. I spent 10 years at the company. Being a woman in that organization and in that department was incredibly challenging on a day-to-day basis. Whether self-advocating for equal pay at each review or working amidst ongoing macro and micro-aggressions, it took its toll. I was heavily involved in the company’s employee resource group leadership team to try and make changes in the culture, but eventually felt that it wasn’t worth the quality of life lost by working there and I left the company.
As a white, cis, straight, middle class woman, I have an immense amount of privilege. Witnessing the barriers my mom dealt with around disability and having my own barriers to overcome around gender give me greater empathy for the struggles that so many of us face at work and in our careers, but it’s not enough in and of itself. There are many parts of peoples’ experience I won’t understand and it is my responsibility to educate myself and take action to make change.
Here are some of the commitments I’m making in my practice around equity and inclusion. I am careful about the places that I choose to be involved with. One of those is the Portland School of Astrology which has a strong commitment to an anti-oppression framework.
- I consciously chose a building that’s accessible that has an all user restroom, making sure from a physical structure standpoint that my practice is supportive and welcoming.
- I recognize that my office is on the ancestral and unceded land of the Chinook and Clackamas people.
- I donate time and money on a regular basis to local and national organizations. Some recent contributions include Campaign Zero, Sister District, The ACLU, Basic Rights Oregon, The Idaho Commission for the Blind, Navajo and Hopi Families’ Relief Fund, Meals on Wheels, Institution of American Indian Arts. I’m looking forward to involvement in PDX Trans Works when it is ready for career development volunteers.
- I’m a member of PABA, the Portland LGBTQ business alliance and Business for a Better Portland.
- I’m continually doing a lot of reading and listening. I welcome conversation and feedback from clients and colleagues about ways I can improve so I can be realistically, compassionately and relevantly supportive to people.
I’m learning all the time, making mistakes and learning again. My hope is that my focus on direct communication, genuine caring and commitment to action opens up honest dialogue, real connection and measurable progress.
If you have any questions and/or feedback for me, I welcome hearing it.