More About Jennifer
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin
Most of Jennifer's life has been involved in the social justice and racial equity space. As a DEI practitioner and Culture & Engagement Strategist, Jennifer and her spouse, Brian, strive to bring these components into community-based and for-profit entities by providing education, research, and data solutions to create a more harmonious, productive justice-focused workspace for organizations.
Jennifer has conducted presentations and workshops for Community Equity Organization (Farmington Hills, MI), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Michigan Chapter, New Detroit, Inc., PTA, Good Pitch Local Detroit and facilitated conversations and presentations on racial equity and understanding and the importance of inclusion for minoritized populations.
Jennifer served as a Roundtable Facilitator for the Inaugural 21- Day Equity Challenge for the United Way for Southeastern Michigan and as a contributor on the MI Safe Schools: Michigan's 2020 – 21 Return to School Roadmap and the Public Health Advisory Council (2020) for the State of Michigan. Crain's Detroit named the United Way for Southeastern Michigan as the 2021 Best Managed Non-Profit and New Detroit, Inc. as a finalist, both are organizations Jennifer has extensively worked with their DEI efforts via curricula, presentations, and facilitator development.
Jennifer is a current leadership co-presenter for New Detroit's Leadership Series on R.A.C.E. Racial Understanding, Anti-Racism, Cultural Competency, Equity in Practice, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Michigan Chapter LGBTQ Talk Saves Lives training.
Jennifer serves on the board of directors for Affirmations LGBTQ Community Center (Ferndale, MI) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Michigan.
Jennifer has professional and service membership with various organizations, including the National Diversity Council, Michigan Diversity Council, and the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity. NAACP (Lifetime), League of United Latin American Citizens, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), Freedom from Religion Foundation, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Jennifer matriculated as an undergrad at Oakland University and Marygrove College with a major in Political Science and a minor in English. She also holds certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University.
Jennifer and her spouse, Brian, an educator, live in Michigan with their two children and one cat. Collectively, they admit to owning way too much science fiction and superhero paraphernalia and loads of books that they are on a mission to complete before compilating their next book wish list.