Are you ready to get out of your social justice paralysis and into inspired action?
Getting started on this journey to self-awareness and unpacking your own junk is hard. It’s especially challenging when you feel overwhelmed by how much you have to learn, all the work that needs to be done and don’t know where to start.
I get it. It’s not an easy path to walk but one that is vital–none of us are free until all of us are free and we need as many co-conspiritors in this liberation process as possible.
Here’s my gift to you–two weeks of journal prompts to elevate your consciousness and get you unstuck.
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I’m Dr. Lisa Vallejos, but you can call me Lisa. I’m a psychologist by training and have spent the better part of my adult life immersed in the study of social justice issues. My journey has been like many other women of color; I grew up in a small, predominantly white town where I was one of very few kids who looked like me. My family was blessedly mixed but race was rarely something we discussed openly. I spent many years loathing myself–because I would never be the blonde haired, blue eyed, rail thin girl…my dark brown skin, hair, eyes and big hips “betrayed” my Latinx roots. I was born in the projects to a single mother, and alcoholic father and spent much of my early years in poverty and was never expected to amount to much.
When I got to college, I had a sociology professor (bless you, wherever you are) who took me to new levels of depth and understanding about the social issues in our society, such as institutionalized racism, internalized oppression, sexism, and the dark history of our nation. I was both floored and horrified but I was also liberated because I finally began to understand that I wasn’t mistakenly seeing the world–what I was seeing was accurate and there were names for what I had lived.
Since that time, I’ve dedicated my life to studying social justice issues and becoming a voice for the voiceless and speaking truth to power. I’ve been presenting on these issues since 2002 when I first stepped into a classroom at the University of Denver and spoke about issues impacting the Latinx community. I’ve presented at many academic conferences, have published poems and journal articles on these issues & have become a recognized voice in my field for this work.
Now, I am bringing this work out of academia and into the streets where it’s most vitally needed. I work with female therapists, coaches and healers on their own evolution from socially unconscious to socially awake (and active) and teach them how to become culturally competent, intentionally inclusive co-conspirators in our collective fight for racial liberation.
Welcome to the R/Evolution.