Our Teachers & Partners
"It was a privilege to offer teachings from the Maori culture of NZ with such powerful, enthusiastic warrior women from so far away. I loved feeling their passion to bring change in the world. Super strong, caring and open minded. Also professional and onto it. Thanks team, keep up the haka work"
Woman Stands Shining
Pat McCabe (Weyakpa Najin Win, Woman Stands Shining) is a Diné (Navajo) mother, grandmother, activist, artist, writer, ceremonial leader, and international speaker. She is a voice for global peace, and her paintings are created as tools for individual, earth and global healing. She draws upon the Indigenous sciences of Thriving Life to reframe questions about sustainability and balance, and she is devoted to supporting the next generations, Women’s Nation and Men’s Nation, in being functional members of the “Hoop of Life” and upholding the honor of being human.
EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Stephanie McKee-Anderson is a performer, choreographer, educator, facilitator and cultural organizer born in Picayune, MS and raised in New Orleans.
For the past 20 years, Stephanie has been involved with Junebug Productions as an artist and educator.
As an artist and cultural organizer, Stephanie is deeply committed to creating work that supports social justice and aligns with the FST and Junebug legacy.
Equity & Inclusion Practitioner
"In their practice of deep listening, DLSC asks questions that get beyond the surface and hold silence as sacred. They laugh, dance, connect, and tend gently to themselves and others. They know that real change starts from within and that collective transformation is grounded in trust and relationship."
Kingian Nonviolence Trainer
Born in Japan, Kazu has been engaged in social change work since participating in the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage at the age of 17. He would go onto spend one-year living in Buddhist monasteries throughout South Asia studying the relationship between nonviolence and Buddhist dharma. He has over 20 years of experience in nonviolence, restorative justice, trainings and organizing and has been trained by elders such as Dr. Bernard Lafayette and Rev. James Lawson.
He spent over 10 years working in social justice philanthropy while being directly involved in many social movements, from the Global Justice Movement of the late 1990s to Occupy Oakland. He has been a Kingian Nonviolence trainers since 2009, is a Core Member of the Ahimsa Collective, a board member at PeaceWorkers and is the author of Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm.
Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Spirituality & Social Justice
Alka Arora, PhD (she/her) is an associate professor of Women, Gender, Spirituality and Social Justice at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco, CA. Her research and teaching focus on feminist spiritual activism, vegan ecofeminism, and transformative pedagogy.
Alka is also a certified facilitator with Gender Equity and Reconciliation International (GERI), a non-profit organization that draws on the power of truth-telling and dialogue to transform gender relations.
A first-generation Indian-American, Alka was born and raised in Chicago, IL. After living on the west coast for over 20 years, she returned to Chicago in 2021 and works remotely. In addition to teaching in higher ed, Alka has extensive experience as a public speaker, workshop facilitator, diversity trainer, and coach.