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I am dedicated to my community, having spent my entire career in the non-profit sector. I have focused on youth, families, reproductive justice, and people who have experienced violence. I center my work on the most marginalized. This has been kids in foster care, the Black community, youth with disAbilities, and LGBTQIA+ people of all ages.

I support individuals in their personal growth to be the best version of themselves while cultivating environments that nurture others and navigating coercive systems. I've provided education at national conferences, regional convening, in secondary classrooms, on universities' campus, and at an organization's request. 

 

I embody the legacy of the griot and the spirit of Sojourner Truth. I use storytelling to do transformative resistance work. I am a caregiver, preach, testify, publicly protest, and hold the pain of my community. I honor relationships, recognize one's social location, and acknowledge this work must be intersectional.

Grounded in my faith, I work within systems to address injustice and advance equity with a liberation theology lens.

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Three graduation photos of Sam and her son from when he was a baby to a teenager.

Bachelor of Science in Child Youth & Family Studies University of Nebraska Omaha 

 Master of Arts in Teaching College of Saint Mary Special Education & Social Studies. Master of Divinity United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities 

Concentration Social Transformation & Church Leadership 

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  • Kinship, Foster Care, & Adoption

  • My Reproductive Injustice Journey

  • Learning To Speak When Not Spoken To

  • Adultification to Oversexualization

    • [Life at Intersection of Black & Female]   

  • Thriving Despite

    • [Grit, Resiliency & Imposter Syndrome]

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Organizations I've Worked Alongside

Let's create accessible, inclusive, and uplifting environments together.

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