Our consultants come with a wealth of experience in working with youth and adults on issues of diversity, equity, and interdependence. Click on the names at the left to learn more about them.
Natalie's background in psychology, work as a behavior specialist and M.Ed. in Social Justice Education have informed her training experience in social justice education, youth empowerment, working with LGBTQ identified youth, behavior modification, communication skills, staff development and effective leadership for over 10 years.
Natalie has designed and facilitated workshops on cultural competency, diversity and discrimination for numerous audiences. Teachers, students, administrators, youth care providers, city police, social workers, community centers, religious organizations and youth from a variety of backgrounds have benefited from her passion and talent for social justice education. In 2007 Natalie was a featured presenter at the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) Title IV-E Student Conference in San Diego. She is also a consultant for Seneca Center and the Community College of San Francisco training departments specializing in cultural diversity education.
She possesses an exceptional ability to convey an understanding of complex theories through the use of metaphor, concrete examples and interactive group process. It is important for her to present workshops in the most interactive accessible fashion and with the goal of empowering participants as leaders, mentors, role models and community builders in an increasingly pluralistic society.
Thoreson, Natalie J. " Start with Understanding: Asian Identity in a Culture of Oppression." Independent School Magazine: Winter 2011. Pgs. 50-55.
Sarah is a talented middle school humanities educator and diversity practitioner -- with nearly 10 years of experience in both public and private school settings. She holds an M.Ed. in Social Justice Education and teacher certification in both California and Massachusetts. Whether she is teaching in the classroom or leading workshops, Sarah is particularly adept at creating environments in which people can have meaningful dialogue, confront challenging issues, and push themselves outside their comfort zone. She constantly seeks new ways of making learning fun, interactive, and relevant and aims to empower youth and adults to be effective agents of change.
Sarah's commitment to promoting equity in schools is further demonstrated by her involvement in diversity initiatives on both local and national levels. Her work with the Bay Area chapter of People of Color in Independent Schools (POCIS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) has focused on developing and co-facilitating sessions for white high school students and adults to explore issues related to racism. She is also an active member of NAIS's diversity think tank, Call to Action.
Hershey, Sarah and Veronica Reilly. "Hobo is Not a Respectful Word: Homelessness and Poverty Service Learning Curriculum." Educational Leadership: May 2009, Vol. 66, No.8. Pgs. 64-67.
Hershey, Sarah. "How Does Diversity in Independent Schools Look? – Resources." NAIS Diversity Handbook. National Association of Independent Schools. Anticipated publication: May 2012.
A Black gay male born in San Juan, Puerto and raised working class in Hartford, Connecticut, Sergio Yomar Oppenheimer understands firsthand the complexities of intersecting identities. Sergio has organized, coordinated, and facilitated numerous groups – small and large – around diversity, cultural competency, and exploring intersections of identity. In all his work, he continues to cultivate a passion for empowering individuals through communication and education.
Sergio currently works with Alameda County Social Services Agency as a Child Welfare Worker. While working on his MSW at San Jose State University, he designed and implemented a study to address how BASW and MSW students rated the effectiveness of the newly implemented transcultural model for San Jose State University School of Social Work. Through these experiences he has engaged and educated individuals from diverse socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
As a life learner, Sergio presents a creative, investigative analysis of complex situations. His intent is to assist in recognizing holistic solutions believing that this will create action at multiple levels, starting with the self and ultimately affecting the community and organizational levels.