We collaborate closely to bring a wide range of perspectives, skills and knowledge to our work. When assigning a facilitation team team, we consider not only the facilitators’ expertise but also their lived experiences, training styles, personalities, and cofacilitation relationship.
Davey Shlasko, Founder & Managing Consultant
Davey is an educator, author and consultant whose passion is facilitating adult learning about, and in the context of, social justice movements. Davey’s recent and ongoing work includes consulting with numerous K-12 schools, colleges, and human service providers to improve trans inclusion; co-designing and leading a community-based study group on racial justice organizing in predominantly white, rural areas; co-designing and leading a community-based cross-class dialogue circle with ACT for Social Justice; and serving as a Marta Sotomayor Fellow at Smith College School for Social Work, supporting the school’s ongoing implementation of its intersectional antiracism commitment. Davey has authored several chapters in the Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice and Readings for Diversity and Social Justice series, including curricula on classism, ableism, and cissexism (transgender oppression). In addition to managing Think Again, Davey teaches as lecturer in Gender & Women’s Studies at University of Wisconsin – Madison and in social theory and trans studies at Smith College School for Social Work. Davey has an M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from UMass, Amherst, and has been writing and teaching about social justice issues since 2000. (Home base: Madison, WI during the school year; Northampton, MA during the summer)
Affiliated Trainers and Consultants
Angela brings nearly two decades of community social work and food justice organizing experience focused mainly in Minnesota, Puerto Rico, Thailand, and Vermont. She has been facilitating workshops for 15 years, with everything from small grassroots organizations to large non-profits. Social justice is not only a professional pursuit for Angela, she has spent 20 years actively working through race and class privilege and the last eight years working with colleagues on uncovering internalized racism and on holding each other accountable on finding new ways of thinking and being. Her life and work experience have taught her how much she still has to learn and she invites you to be a part of that learning process. She is committed to the collective process of ending all oppression and building a world where ALL people have what they need to thrive. She has an undergraduate degree in Social Work and Spanish and a graduate degree in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations from SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. Angela is a co-founder of The Root Social Justice Center and Director of ACT for Social Justice. She is the proud mother of two young kids, who are amazing teachers. (Home base: Brattleboro, VT)
Romina A. Pacheco
Romina was born and raised in the Caribbean city of Maracay, Venezuela. Romina’s early work as an educator focused on teaching English as a Foreign Language and Spanish as a Second Language. Romina’s carreer as an educator shifted when she migrated to the United States in her mid-20s, where most of her work has concentrated in teaching Social Justice Education-related courses in institutions of higher education, and facilitating community-based dialogues that address the liberation of People of The Global Majority in all of their intersecting identities. More recently Romina has been involved in decolonizing education projects in Jacmel, Haiti, and racial justice organizing efforts in Western Massachusetts. Her research interests and publication topics include: Participatory Action Research/Research as Praxis, Critical Multicultural Education, Intergroup Dialogues, and Black/Latina Feminist Theory. Romina has a Ph.D. from New Mexico State University where she studied Curriculum & Instruction and Women’s Studies, and an M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from UMass, Amherst. (Home base: Fairfield, CT)
Chris is a feminist educator and interdisciplinary social scientist whose work lies at the intersection of public health, gender and sexuality studies, and sociology. Chris is an Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at UW, Madison, and holds a PhD in Public Health, a Masters in Public Policy and Administration and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from UMass, Amherst. Their forthcoming book uses discursive, visual, and ethnographic approaches situated in a critical, feminist research methodology to understand how ways of knowing about teen pregnancy and parenting influence programming and policymaking. Chris brings expertise in a wide range of research methods to support assessment aspects of Think Again’s consulting projects. (Home base: Madison, WI)
Chase is an Assistant Professor in the College Student Personnel Program at Western Illinois University, and previously served as the Director of the LGBT Resource Center at Syracuse University. Chase has an Ed.D. in Social Justice Education and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the UMass, Amherst. His research and publications have focused on trans men’s experiences in higher education, as well as pedagogy and curriculum for teaching about transgender (trans*) oppression, sexism and heterosexism. Check out Chase’s CV and this extended bio for more info on Chase’s work. (Home base: Macomb, IL)
Keri “Safire” Dejong
Safire is a researcher, educator, organizer, and consultant focusing on social justice education, racial justice work, intergroup dialogue, technology in education, and critical digital citizenship for all ages. Safire holds a doctorate in Social Justice Education from UMass Amherst where her research focused on the legacies of colonialism within constructions of childhood. Currently, Safire teaches social justice focused courses at UMass Amherst and works as a Pedagogical Technologist at the Collaborative for Education Services where she organizes the regional Transforming Education for Social Justice Conference in Western Massachusetts. Safire, with an array of talented and brilliant co-facilitators, has provided social justice trainings and facilitated deeply transformational group work for various student affairs departments. She has also served as a facilitator, consultant and trainer for the UMass Amherst and 5-College Intergroup Dialogue Programs as well as for several other colleges and universities across the nation. (Home base: Holyoke, MA)
Tobias K. Davis
Tobias K. Davis (Toby) is a transgender educator, activist and playwright who uses theatre, writing, and teaching to advocate for a gender-inclusive society. Tobias has supported colleges, congregations, and communities in developing trans-inclusive policies and practices for almost 20 years. His theatrical works have been well received across the country by both the transgender community and the theater community at large. He strives to create plays, workshops, and presentations which are entertaining, educational, and accessible. He holds a M.Ed. in Social Justice Education and is the Assistant Director of Admission at the Smith College School for Social Work. (Home base: Easthampton, MA)
Malú Machuca Rose is a graduate student and teaching assistant in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Their research lies at the intersection of art, activism and scholarship and focuses on trans and queer death and survival, nightlife, sex and risk, feminism, critical theory, art and healing justice. Their published work includes two co-authored books: Nuestra Voz Persiste (2016) and Estado de Violencia (2014), as part of their work in the No Tengo Miedo collective in Lima, Perú. Their MA thesis “La Noche es de las Cabras: Queer & Trans Survival in Postwar Lima” is being developed with generous support from the Tinker Nave Grant. Peer-reviewed work includes the essay “Giuseppe Campuzano’s Afterlife: Towards a Travesti Methodology for Critique, Care and Radical Resistance” which is forthcoming in TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. Malú brings activism and teaching together with caring facilitation and a fierce, intersectional feminist pedagogy. (Home base: Madison, WI and Lima, Peru)
Bruin Christopher Runyan is a healer, organizer and educator whose work lies in uniting our liberatory visions and kinesthetic practices. Bruin’s private practice, Wise Body, holds individuals and couples in a politicized, trauma-informed, anti-pathology, body-based container designed to affirm the brilliant ways his clients have survived and to build them tools to align their practice with their deepest longings. Bruin teaches online courses through Wise Body to develop core competencies around recovering from triggers, principled conflict, centered accountability and more. Bruin also facilitates group meditation and transformative justice processes both for individuals and organizations. Before private practice work, Bruin spent over a decade as a paid organizer, mentoring and supporting young people in racial, economic, gender and disability justice campaigns in their schools and communities. Bruin has a B.A. in Community Studies from Earlham College and has studied with Embodiment International, Generative Somatics, Upledger Institute and Turtle Tank. Bruin homosteads deep in the woods of Vermont with his partner, small dog, six goats and fifteen chickens, all who teach him deep daily lessons in the embodiment of integrity.
Nick Thuot is a White, trans, and non-binary educator and activist committed to dismantling systems of oppression and helping others find ways to enact liberation every day. Nick worked in university residence life programs for five years, where they strived to create a home for marginalized students within higher education despite higher education not being created with them in mind. Nick values the explicit articulation of self-care/self-love as a way to normalize the ways that justice seekers can remain sustainably engaged in fighting for liberation. (Home base: Madison, WI)