Jacqueline Elena Featherston is an educator, writer, and visionary who challenges social and political inequity on multiple fronts.
Her interactive and engaging lectures address classism, racism, sexism and heterosexism while promoting alliance-building across multiple domains of difference.
Striking a balance between astute analysis and humor, Featherston helps her audiences recognize, acknowledge, understand and appreciate their own cultural identity as well as that of others, clarifying the impact of our similarities and differences in personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural contexts.
In addition, her work with educational institutions and city governments on economic justice, educational, gender and racial equity issues, Featherston conducts workshops and seminars throughout the country. She helps a variety of organizations identify and effectively respond to the unique tensions and strengths of multicultural environments. Featherston especially values opportunities to lead internalized oppression workshops groups who have historically been excluded from access to the benefits of mainstream society.
She is the founder of Featherston & Associates, a collaborative group of anti-racist and cross-cultural consultants, educators and trainers, that provides organizational development, conflict resolution and training to assist individuals and educational, business and not-for-profit institutions create and maintain equitable personal and professional relationships in community, work and educational environments.
Featherston was a co-founder of The Institute for MultiRacial Justice, an organization formed to support alliance building among communities of color, and with Dr. Jean Ishibashi, she co-founded New Ways to Learn, dedicated to increasing effectiveness of educators in multicultural classrooms.
Featherston is the producer and director of Alice Walker: Visions of the Spirit, an award-winning documentary film. She is also the editor of the groundbreaking anthology Skin Deep: Women Writing on Color, Culture and Identity (Crossing Press). Her writings have appeared in numerous magazines and journals; her most recent paper, with Dr. Ishibashi, was published in Identifying Race and Transforming Whiteness in the Classroom (V. Lean and J. Helfand, Peter Lange Publishers, 2004).
A former adjunct professor at New College of San Francisco, Featherston now divides her time between speaking, consulting, training and work on Weaving Change: A Guide to Personal and Political Transformation, a workbook that fuses art, politics and spirituality as critical tools for overcoming internalized oppression.