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  • MY EARLY EXPERIENCES CONTINUE TO SHAPE MY COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE

    The story of LJIST is deeply linked to my own story. As the city of Detroit burned with the fires of racial uprising in the summer of 1967, a year that marked the height of the civil rights movement in the United States, I was born disabled to disabled parents—an immigrant Puerto Rican father and a first-generation Mexican American mother—both unemployed and struggling financially with their young family.

    These early experiences impacted me deeply and have propelled me to devote my life to working toward a world without oppression.

    Together, we can work to heal our communities and create revolutionary relationships. I am committed to supporting you in our journey to create a just world!

NanciJiménez

The story of LJIST is deeply linked to my own story. As the city of Detroit burned with the fires of racial uprising in the summer of 1967, a year that marked the height of the civil rights movement in the United States, I was born disabled to disabled parents—an immigrant Puerto Rican father and a first-generation Mexican American mother—both unemployed and struggling financially with their young family.

These early experiences impacted me deeply and have propelled me to devote my life to working toward a world without oppression.

Together, we can work to heal our communities and create revolutionary relationships. I am committed to supporting you in our journey to create a just world!

LJIST is internationally recognized for highly effective and insightful trainings, expert facilitation of inclusive processes, and dynamic speaking.

LJIST has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of people. We work with leaders at every stage of their career, from students to late-career professionals. We work around the globe and expertly in multi-lingual and interpreted events, and are especially committed to working with communities on internalized oppression and internalized dominance.

MEET THE TEAM

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NANCI LUNA JIMÉNEZ, CPF, Founder & President

Nanci is a trainer, facilitator, and speaker committed to healing herself and others from the effects of systemic oppression.

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ALAN GOFF, MEd, Associate

Alan facilitates dialogue for connection and understanding across difference, especially in educational and community-based organizations.

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ALAN GOFF, MEd, Associate

Alan facilitates dialogue for connection and understanding across difference in educational and community-based organizations.

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BERT DEBUSSCHERE, PhD, Associate

Bert is a facilitator and trainer committed to increasing social justice. With a background in mechanical engineering and computational sciences, he is particularly passionate about working to increase equity in those fields.

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KATHLEEN RICE, PhD, Associate

Kathleen utilizes methodologies to support inclusive and equitable participation and consensus-building amongst diverse stakeholders, with an emphasis on understanding the effects and patterns of White identity.

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KATHLEEN RICE, PhD, Associate

Kathleen utilizes methodologies to support inclusive and equitable participation and consensus-building amongst diverse stakeholders, with an emphasis on understanding the effects and patterns of
White identity.

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MELISSA MILLER, MFA, MA, CTNC, Director of Operations

Melissa is a visual artist, writer, and certified health coach whose practice focuses on the intersections of holistic wellness and healing from internalized oppression.

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ALIZA KUPERSTOCK, Office Manager

Aliza brings a passion for equity, eye for systematic development, over a decade of experience supporting small-businesses, and thirst for learning and education to LJIST.

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EVA ARIAS, Administrative Ally

Eva plans to work in the film industry to authentically tell the stories of the individuals and communities that would otherwise be stereotyped or ignored.

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OUR STORY

LJIST’s transformational approach to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion continues the legacy of work first started by Dr. Erica “Ricky” Sherover-Marcuse and then carried on by recognized cross-cultural communication specialist Lillian Roybal Rose, M.Ed.

This framework empowers participants to recognize their own significance and to reflect on and see the value in their own heritage as a means of building alliances with others. LJIST uniquely combines this training along with methodologies developed by the Institute for Cultural Affairs (ICA), an international organization that trains people to lead participatory processes for sustained organizational and social change.

Lasting and effective social change happens one relationship at a time. Inspired to expand the work of her mentors, Nanci is training a team of associates who are devoted to changing the world by offering tools for personal transformation. Based in Portland, Oregon, Nanci and her associates have been providing expert trainings, facilitation, and strategic planning support for organizations, companies, agencies, and communities since 1994.

LILLIAN'S LEGACY

RICKY'S LEGACY

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