Bio:

Sandra Kim is the Founder and Training Director of Everyday Liberation and Founder and President of Everyday Feminism.

She recently founded Everyday Liberation, which is an educational platform supporting people in building explicitly anti-oppressive and liberating lives and communities – with a regular healing practice. Everyday Liberation offers online training programs for building organization explicitly structured to be anti-oppressive and pro-liberation and healing from oppression as both marginalized and privileged people.

She founded Everyday Feminism in 2012 and led it to become one of the largest independent feminist media sites in the world, with millions of people visiting the site every month. It supports people in applying intersectional feminism to their everyday lives in order to address the daily struggles of violence, discrimination, and marginalization.

Sandra shares the key lessons from her own cyclical Zen Buddhism-based healing and spiritual journey from internalized oppression to spiritual wholeness – as a person with multiple marginalized and privileged identities, as an organizational leader, and messy human being.

Sandra brings a unique inside-out approach to activism based on her belief in the interdependence of personal transformation and social transformation and that self-love and healing in community are necessary components of social justice.

She’s currently most excited about her Liberating Organizations work, which is a holistic values-driven self-governing organizational model designed to to create the world we want to live in right here, right now. This model elevates and resources the emotional labor needed for each of us to engage in the inner work and supports us in taking intentional actions, so we can all show up as our highest selves and nurture a healthy, loving, just community.

Programs:

Engaging in Intersectional Healing from Systemic Oppression

As socially conscious people and activists, we bear the traumatic weight of being both personally targeted by and benefiting from systemic oppression and proactively exposing ourselves to it through our work. This too often leads to burnout, depression, and compassion fatigue. Compassionate Justice provides an alternative model that supports people in healing from systemic oppression while building our capacity to respond to situations of injustice from a sense of care and shared humanity. We can validate our experiences and take care of ourselves in a society that claims our pain isn’t real and our needs aren’t important. As we begin to hold more compassion for ourselves, we are also able to do the same for others. So instead of reinforcing our traumas, our activism becomes a vehicle for our own healing and reconnection to those who unconsciously perpetuate systemic oppression – including ourselves.

 

Bringing Intersectional, Inclusive Leadership Approach To Life

We don’t often think about how work environments contribute to different forms of oppression like sexism and racism and how that directly impacts individuals in their ability to be their full selves and produce their highest quality of work. It’s usually a given that we will be treated like work drones and that work will suck. But it doesn’t need to be that way. When leaders take an anti-oppression inclusive leadership approach, they are able to not just treat their employees like full complex human beings, but they also are able to engage their best thinking and energies and address dynamics of marginalization within the organization. This presentation explains why inclusive leadership from the senior staff to the junior staff is critical for our own professional fulfillment and personal integrity and how that concretely shows up on in how we make decisions, share power, create dialogue, and care for ourselves as we do the work.

 

Bringing Intersectionality and Inclusiveness Into Our Daily Feminist Work

While most feminists and feminist organizations agree that it’s important to be intersectional and inclusive, it is less common to find it authentically incorporated into our work. It too often is limited to adding a few token issues to the agenda. And for some, identifying differences can feel divisive and counterproductive. Instead, we need to fundamentally change how we view, discuss, and tackle feminist issues in order to make sure all people who are targeted are represented and addressed. This presentation helps you understand how to apply an intersectional lens to your work, wrestle with the challenges of being intersectional on a personal and organizational level and identify how to work in solidarity with others.

 

Building an Intersectional and Inclusive Movement to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

When we think of people targeted for domestic violence and sexual assault, we often visualize a white, straight, cis woman. While this may often be the case, many people who don’t fall into those categories are also victimized but may have a hard time recognizing that – perhaps because they’re a man, were attacked by their same-sex partner, or are more masculine-presenting then their femme abusive partner. When resources for survivors do not explicitly address the issues faced by survivors who are queer, trans, of color, or with undocumented statuses, how do they know if they will be welcomed and be supported in ways that address the obstacles they face due to their identity? This presentation explains why we need greater gender and racial analysis in order to support all survivors and what that concretely could look like for your organization.

 

Creating Authentic Anti-Oppression Cultures within Communities of Color

To heal from and stand up to oppression, communities of color can proactively develop our own authentic anti-oppression cultures to support us in this work. This is both because we deserve it and because too often white liberalism is offered as the only progressive option. However, at best, it doesn’t resonate as much with our lived experiences and at worse, it erases our experiences and pathologizes our cultures in harmful racist ways.  These cultures need to be authentic to our histories and values while also addressing the oppressive dynamics within our communities both how we’re targeted by systemic oppression, how we have internalized oppression, and how we perpetuate oppression against each other and towards other communities. Drawing upon her own cultural background as a Korean-American, Sandra shares how she’s developed a culture of progressive Confucianism, Buddhism, and pro-liberation to support her life and community and how others can develop their own intentional culture too.

All topics can be adapted to be keynote speeches or workshops and can be tailored to the audience.