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There seems to be an unwritten rule that every social justice activist’s website must contain quotes from a few key people. For those of you playing Social Justice Bingo along at home, that quote above is from the great Nelson Mandela. And I cannot agree with him more.
I came to social justice work, and the ways in which I engage with it today, through education. I recall sitting in a college class--an elective, I’ll point out--on LGBTQ history. Names and events that had shaped the world in which I live, people of a community I had grown up in, and it was all brand new information.
I found similar frustration when I embarked on my first volunteer gig after leaving home for college. I served a youth center as a peer HIV test counselor and sex educator. What I learned in my training about safer sex and healthy relationship building moved me to tears. Why had I not been taught any of this before? As I began seeing clients, I experienced such sadness realizing how different someone’s life could have been had they only known about contraception. This volunteer experience inspired me to change majors and universities, and sexual health and access to accurate health and emotional education has been my mission ever since. You can read a more in-depth professional bio here, see how we can work together over here, and if you're just ready to chat now about partnering, well, you can do that here!
"Much digital ink has been spilled across the Internet about the impact social media is having on our social connections, our mental health, and our perception of the world at large. I won't attempt to recreate that dialogue here, but suffice to say, if you ever find yourself scrolling listlessly through Instagram and believing everyone else has it figured out besides you, everyone else is doing the same scroll. Even those people who project their unbelievable having-it-all-togetherness. You are seeing the greatest hits version. And while I know this to be true, I found myself as I was trying to prove myself and make connections, doing the same thing."
-Dharma Talk: Brahmacharya
Sunday February 3rd at Practice Indie Yoga. Mary-Margaret Sweeney MSW, RYT will present on brahmacharya (abstention or moderation) and engaging in conscious, consensual sexual practices.
-Sex Education for Social Workers, Nov 2018
Is Your Helping Hurting? Trauma-Sensitive Service Provision. -2018 Marion County Conference on Re-Entry
-It Is Harding Being a Person: Self-Care Planning. Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault Fall 2018 Core 40
Recent Podcast Guesting
The Long Goodbye. Dear Sugar Radio with Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond
Finding Wholeheartedness in our Human Expression, De-Mystifying Trauma and the Permission to Be Yourself. Real Genius Life Podcast with Karen Kirchman