We partner with individuals, communities, educators, organizations & students.
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CONSULTATION & COACHING
Connection Makes Community
What folks come to mind when you need advice, understanding, encouragement, a helping hand or a tug on your coattail?
You think of the most trusted relationships you have right?
That is your community and that is our team.
We want to build community with you individually, with your team and with your organization, through authentic relationship and interconnection with all aspects of our humanity.
We don't know any other way to belong to each other in the world.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Putting Pedagogy Into Practice With Courage
Education around our identity and how we move through the world are foundational to the work of inclusion - of creating the circumstances where genuine belonging can occur. Accompanying this foundational work - this pedagogy, is the practice of being uncomfortable, and the courage to execute what you know and believe. Intellect, education and excellence alone are not enough.
Authentic Assessment to Relevant Action
We use a critical anti-bias and culturally responsive framework to assist organizations in recognizing outdated and biased policies, curricula and materials that can damage potential, self esteem and one's identity. With that lens of awareness, organizations can restructure and replace them with policies, curricula and materials that are rich and culturally relevant -
to empower, liberate and change
the trajectories of individuals lives.
WORKSHOPS & CLASSES
We hold Courageous Conversations around;
Racial Equity & Education 6 Week Series
White Racial Identity Development 6 Week Series
Black Girl In Suburbia Documentary and Panel Discussions
Kids, Bias and Bullying Weekend Workshops
Raising Race Conscious Kids Support Group
Bias Analysis and Education Toolkits
Affinity & Accountability Groups
Restorative Justice & Peace Circle Sessions
Leadership, Team & Identity Development
Assimilation & Appropriation Activities and Homework
SEL, EI Stages of Growth and Development Training
Our Story Speaks Our Truth
"I speak from who I am, what I do and what I know as an educator, student, mentor, advocate, advisor, coach, athlete, parent, daughter, sister, friend and especially from my experience as a bold, beautiful Black woman on the planet. Everyone has a voice. I use my privileged to empower others to use their voice, tell their story and to make space for all our voices to be heard, welcomed listened to responded to and valued.
My clients are my number one priority, and my services prove just how committed I am to their growth and development."
Founder - The Root of Us
Excitement + Challenge = Transformation
It’s a bit counter-intuitive, but we believe life’s most turbulent transitions are where the best and most enduring transformation occurs. Immense growth happens here, if you learn how to wait and listen at the threshold of liminal space.
Our team can provide insight and guidance to reduce internal and external barriers and help you with the right accompaniment to assist, advocate, challenge, and reshape an otherwise tumultuous expedition of change for the sake of your lasting transformation.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
"Honoring her unique compassion and amazing insight, Fernell has a unique and rare gift to present thoughtful perspectives specific to culture and equity. Her lifelong experiences provide credibility to deep insight regarding human behavior and breaking down barriers so we can see each other more authentically in our human form. I strongly suggest folks take advantage of Fernell’s expertise as a speaker. Her real talk and vulnerability will challenge folks to do the personal work it takes to ensure optimal growth, understanding and acceptance for all."
Hoquiam School District
"Fernell's ability to connect with our students is something I have never seen in all my years as an educator. Fernell has been a mentor in my life since 1985. I would not be who I am today if it were not for her guidance and friendship. She is my rock and I cherish our relationship dearly. Her passion for kids and her community are unmatched.
She does the hard work. Always."
Thomas Jefferson High School
"Fernell has been a friend, business partner, and mentor to me for over 10 years. I love Fernell and the work she does is deeply inspiring. As an owner of a non-profit, diversity is key to my business and my personal growth. Fernell has guided and listened to me in a way that not only has made me a better leader but a better human being"
"Fernell is an immovable, resilient visionary anchored in racial justice for Brown and Black children and youth. She has no fear in speaking truth to power - unless of course it diminishes her chances of winning on a different front. Fernell has reflected deeply about her own life and experiences as a Black Woman, Mother and Educator of Color and uses those powerful and painful memories in ways that instruct regardless of her audience, with the intent NOT to evoke guilt and shame, but deep reflection and action. Amidst the seriousness of this work/her life, she is, as well, funny, and fun to be with. I am continuously inspired by Fernell and never learn less in her company."