Featured Storyteller: ROGER FERNANDES
Roger Fernandes, or Kawasa, is a member of the Lower Elwha Band of the S’Klallam Indians from the Port Angeles, Washington area. Roger is involved in art organizations and initiatives by and for Native American artists and his audiences include community groups such as schools, libraries, parks departments, senior centers and open forum presentations that are geared towards a general audience. He believes art, music and stories reflect the culture and the culture reflects the environment. Spiritual health that people need is told in stories that convey how a human being is to live in balance with family, community, and nature. Stories lead to a spiritual and emotional understanding of how to live in the world.
(c) Melissa Ponder, YOU ARE ON INDIGENOUS LAND
Centilia Cultural Center | Seattle
From left to right: Natasha Marin, Jordan Green, Fleur Larsen, Bert Hopkins
Natasha Marin is an artist and independent consultant primarily focused on digital engagement and community building. Natasha uses social media to find, connect, and build alliances among individuals, communities, and organizations. Her work supports building sustainable communities through creative engagement, modes of connection, and methods of encounter. NONWHITEWORKS supports client-collaborators with finding your audience, sharpening messaging, and connecting with influencers who can further amplify dialogues. Marin has published, lectured, and presented around the world for a diverse audience of "doers." Her social experiment, Reparations, gained local, national, and international attention for making concepts like "leveraging privilege" more accessible to the mainstream.
Fleur Larsen is a social justice and equity advocate, I strive to live in integrity with my values in all areas of my life. My work is especially relevant to people in the 'helping professions' (e.g., teaching, medicine, non-profits). I focus on how we can show up in authentic contribution and service by doing what is wanted and needed in this world through an equity and liberation lens. I support my clients move from “charity burnout” to a powerful position of gratitude and contribution. Martyrdom undermines equity and the sustainability of our work.
Jordan Green is a designer from San Francisco. He graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelors of Science in Community Health Education where he focused on epidemiology and the social determinants of health. While in college, he founded the Queer Students of Color Conference as the first Queer Students of Color Resource Coordinator. After college, he went on to work with the Oregon Health Authority, Multnomah County, Cascade AIDS Project, and Portland Community College. At Portland Community College, he worked as the Program Assistant to the Multicultural Center where one of his primary responsibilities was coordinating the PCC WACIPI Winter Powwow. Before working at University of Washington, Jordan worked at Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center as Communications Designer and HIV Tester.
Bert Hopkins is a racial justice educator, trainer, consultant, and the Equity & Inclusion Manager at Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. He has worked with community-based nonprofits and foundations, in higher education, and for nine years as a teacher and curriculum coordinator. Whether with young people or adults, the heart of this work has been opening space for the groups he works with to engage authentically and deeply in order to move from individual awareness to collective action. Bert works daily to actively leverage his privilege as a cis-male white-identified person.