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Carmen Rivera

becky martinezCarmen Rivera currently works with the Access Center at Colorado State University as the Director of College Access. She sees her work with programs that are focused on promoting college access to first-generation and low income students as her anchor in her commitment to social justice. She also teaches for the Ethnic Studies department, focusing on Ethnicity in the Media, as well as for the President’s Leadership Program.

She is originally from New Mexico and moved to Colorado for college. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Spanish & Hispanic Studies and then went on to earn her Master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University. She is a faculty member for the Social Justice Training Institute and a lead facilitator for the LeaderShape Institute. Carmen is also a part-time leadership and social justice consultant.

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Samuel R. Offer

becky martinez"Wow! Challenging! Soul searching! Life changing! These are only a few of the expressions that come to mind when I think of my SJTI experience (2008). This pivotal moment in my life has been one of the most transformative I have ever experienced. I am honored to return as the first apprentice! Though my role is mostly observational in silence, having the opportunity to relive my own journey helps me to see growth and the areas where I can create new learning edges."

Sam serves as a Senior Consultant for the Washington Consulting Group, a Multicultural Organizational Development Firm out of Baltimore, MD. Sam has served as an educator and administrator in education for over 20 years. As a motivational speaker, Sam travels the world advocating social justice and equity for all humanity. He is known for his witty personality, style and love for the work he does. His work includes developing presentations and workshops for colleges, universities and business organizations; developing and implementing curriculum for local religious and community organizations for engaging social justice issues; developing and implementing curriculum for engaging spirituality and religion in the workplace; facilitating group sessions and trainings on topics including leadership, change management and social justice; and providing staff support for team development and effectiveness.

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Administrative Assistant

Jessica Pettitt, M.Ed.

Jessica Jessica Pettitt draws from her rich and varied experiences to conduct specialized professional trainings. Her professional experiences include working in higher educational settings through Multicultural and LGBT Student Services. She has spoken professionally in academic and professional settings, has been a conference keynote speaker, and has even done stand-up comedy! Her expertise encompasses the topics of teamwork in the workplace, change implementation, staff development, group facilitation, cross-cultural communication, white privilege, social justice, intersections of marginalized identities, and specific communities like lesbian, gay, bisexual/fluidity, trans/gender variant, intersex condition, polyamorous relationships, and power dynamics. She specializes in audiences with a low level of knowledge around privilege and LGBT related issues. Jessica attended SJTI 2003 in Northampton, the first SJTI 2, and has moderated the listservs for the past few years for all of the class specific lists and the SJTI-ALL list. Jess has come aboard as the Administrative Coordinator to ask these questions and work through the administrative tasks efficiently as SJTI continues to offer SJTIs, SJTI2s, and the new SJTI student Component.

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