We are people of the United States of America ready to hear, speak and live the truth about systemic racism embedded in the land, laws, culture and every institution developed by our nation. We are committed to dismantling systemic racism and all forms of oppression in order to build an inclusive, diverse and equitable future for all our relations.
Our mission is to uncover, examine and redress the historic and sustained acts and pillars of structural and systemic racism by engaging in processes of truth and conciliation to achieve equality and equity in American society.
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Our Board of Directors
Rev. Stephany Rose Spaulding, Ph.D.
Rev. Dr. Stephany Rose Spaulding is an activist, public commentator, pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Colorado Springs and associate professor of Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Rev. Dr. Rose is the author of Recovering From Racism: A Guidebook to Beginning Conversations (2015) and Abolishing White Masculinity from Mark Twain to Hiphop: Crisis in Whiteness (2014). She is an astonishingly creative and vocal being, whose expertise in diversity and inclusion has made her a well sought after leader in the field.
Doug Pagitt, Th.M.
A proud, concerned and hopeful American, Doug Pagitt is a social activist. He is Co-founder and Executive Director of Vote Common Good, a national political non-profit dedicated to inspiring, energizing, and mobilizing people of faith to engage in civic life.
Shenika Carter is a Community Activist, Human & Civil Rights Philanthropist, Mother, Small Business Owner and Black Media Truth Teller. After the birth of her son Lincoln which was around the time Trayvon Martin was murdered, Shenika began a journey to call out police brutality and to raise awareness of the killings of unarmed black men, women and children across the Country. In 2016, she began connecting with progressive candidates of common interest who were willing to stand and fight for legislation that impacted marginalized communities. Shenika overcame obstacles where many failed and is determined to dismantle every facet of White Supremacy intertwined in America’s DNA.
Dena Samuels, Ph.D.
Dena Samuels serves as a mindfulness-based diversity, equity, and inclusion author, speaker, leadership trainer, and consultant. As an award-winning tenured professor, Dr. Samuels taught at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs for 20 years while consulting nationally and internationally. Author of several books and dozens of other publications, she now consults full-time on mindful, inclusive leadership development, and serves as a community activist and educator.
Patrick Carolan has been the Executive Director of the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) for five years. He has made climate change a core issue at FAN, and has built relationships with other faith and secular organizations in that role. Patrick co-founded the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), a coalition of Catholic leaders and organizations from across the globe that have come together to raise awareness about the urgency of climate action in light of Catholic social and environmental teachings.
Rev. Clare Twomey, M.A.Psy.
Rev. Clare Twomey has been lead pastor of Vista Grande, UCC for 6 years. She is a certified Sacred Conversations 2 End Racism facilitator, a program born out of the National Racial Justice office of the UCC. While Clare has more than a passion for church ministry and Social Justice, she describes her work around the subject of Racial Justice as her greatest calling. Rev. Twomey has an extensive background as a psychotherapist, having held a private practice for over 20 years. This experience gives her a rich understanding of the intricacies of the whole person. This skill set has proven valuable in facilitating difficult conversations.