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Biography
Topics
African Americans
Arab American
Art & Politics
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders
Body Image
Comedy
Education
Film & Video
Human Rights
Islam
Islamophobia
Latinxs
Leadership
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer
Media
Mental Health
Middle East
Multiculturalism
Performance
Programs for High School Students
Racism/Racial Justice
Reproductive Justice
Storytelling
Violence Against Women
Violence-Prevention, Conflict Resolution
White Privilege
Women & Feminism
Youth/Student Activism

SHIFTING CULTURE
We are three colleagues who came together to address the major cultural shifts happening today. As a team, our lived experiences and professional backgrounds ignite us to do this work. Collectively - we’re a group of facilitators, lecturers, artists, illustrators, and actors and our work has always kept social justice at the center.  We bring it in everything that we do because for us, the personal is political.

We provide active, embodied, and dialogue-based presentations and workshops customized to your campus or organization.  Topics are addressed on a systematic and individual level that will challenge the way an audience contributes and affects change within their own learning and workspaces and subcultures. Our work will create a strong foundation for your communities to thrive.

NATALIE BUI
Natalie is a first generation Vietnamese American with a background in community organizing. She’s worked for Planned Parenthood - LA on their voter campaign and with the ACLU of San Diego California on their immigrant advocacy initiative. She is now heading diversity & inclusion and coalition building work at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA.

KAUSAR MOHAMMED
From Kausar’s first Bay Area TV hosting job at the age of twelve, her interest in media of all forms expanded from in front of the camera to what makes people watch it.  Along with her expertise in producing, marketing, and public relations, she is an actress and comedian known for award-winning work accredited by NBC, Huffington Post, and Al-Jazeera.

VELINE MOJARRO
Veline has been shaking things up in Los Angeles, CA since birth. A proud Chicana, artist, facilitator and educator, she currently works at UCLA as a lecturer in the World Arts and Culture Department, and is the Director of Community Programs with the Art and Global Health Center. Some of her past collaborations and clients include Planned Parenthood and CNN's This Sex with Lisa Ling.

 

SHIFTING THE CULTURE OF COMPLACENCY

Testimonials
"Talking openly and knowledgeably about race, gender, power and privilege is an ever-increasing competency that students are expected to develop while in college. To this end, SHIFT presented these topics to our incoming cohort of students with dynamic energy, cultural capital, and loads of fun. This combination created a unique experience for students that lowered their defenses and increased opportunities for learning and personal growth." 
- Ian Wallace, PhD, Chair, Unity Council at CSU Maritime Academy
"SHIFT’s presentation enabled conversations about diversity among our incoming freshman class that wouldn’t have happened otherwise, and did so in a way that was relevant, in tune with current events and youth culture, and entertaining. The presenters put significant effort into researching the culture of our institution and connecting their session to our institution’s objectives and population. This attention to detail set their presentation apart from those of other Orientation Week diversity speakers we’ve had in the past." 
- Elaine Kociolek, Associate Director, EOP/ SEAS Center

Veline has been a magnanimous and excellent resource and pioneer in education, access and loving people well. I feel eternally grateful for her support, her invigorating spirit, and her unyielding ability to equip and empower and call out the gold in us all. Her extensive knowledge in theater and sexual health is just that, and yet she still invites us all to be empowered in our own knowledge.
​- UCLA Student

Natalie naturally creates a fair and equitable space to have difficult discussions. What worked well in this workshop was their ability to conduct very comfortable facilitation. ​
- Claremont Graduate University Faculty Staff Member

Kausar is a high energy, inspiring, motivated and "let's get it done" team member that I had a pleasure to work with. She is a natural media queen. I'd work with her again in a heartbeat.
- ​Aga Khan Foundation Partnerships in Action Project Manager

Speeches

Diversity & Inclusion
Race, Power, Privilege & Gender 101
This will cover the basics you need to understand race, gender, privilege, and sex and how they all intersect with one another.

Identity & introspection
Engage in reflective exercises to examine privilege, awareness, and understanding of self in relation to people with different backgrounds.

Microaggressions
Learn how to gauge the everyday verbal and nonverbal slights that contribute to a hostile environment. Assess ways in language to make for more inclusive workplaces.

Cultural Appropriation
Understand what is cultural appropriation and how to assess and speak up in  inappropriate situations that are disrespectful to communities.

Solidarity Building
This workshop goes over ways to build intentional solidarity with other communities as an ongoing practice. We go over four tactics of self awareness, of self education, and develop a cohesive definition of what solidarity can look like in your community. We discuss the ally industrial complex,and ally theatre, to move towards a more encompassing practices of this work.
“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” - Lilla Watson

Anti-Blackness in Brown Communities
Anti - blackness exists in our communities, even in communities of color. Through this workshop, participants will come to understand that the structures of racial injustice in the US lie between black vs. white colorism and the roots colonialism. How do we address racism that exists in between communities of color? How can we have productive conversations to combat anti-blackness within our own spaces (and families)? In this workshop we will explore these questions through a facilitated dialogue to openly talk about best practices, share anecdotal experiences, and find tangible takeaways to apply in our own personal situations.

Reproductive Justice
In this workshop we will explore the four pillars of reproductive justice (coined by Sister Song and other Black women community leaders) and all the interesting topics considering power, privilege, access, and resource. In the culture of Reproductive Justice we center the experience and voices of women and femmes of color to address the history of reproductive injustice and how to support reproductive justice today.

Sexual Harassment Prevention
We employ arts-based exercises, facilitated dialogue, and media literacy to contextualize rape culture in our current day climate. Participants leave aware of power on a systematic level while also understanding their individual power to change these systems. We conduct bystander training and intervention tactics, deconstruct ideas about the gender binary, and rebuild definitions of consent within nuanced scenarios.

Creative Content as Resistance - From IRL to the Internet
This workshop talks about resistance through digital arts-platforms. As content creators of visual art, tv/film, podcasts, and online communities, we talk about our own activism in a digital world. What are the ways in which we can address the lack of digital spaces for our communities? How we can challenge the way mainstream media portrays narratives of our communities? We’ll speak to the challenges we’ve faced, the strategies we’ve employed, and the values of creating and building online community in various sub-groups.

Respectability Politics
Our standards of professionalism have been set in place by white supremacy culture and as a result, the ways we perform in workplaces can compromise our own identities and understandings of self. How can we bring about workplace culture shifts to reflect who we best are? How does respectability politics tie into toxic work environments and self-care at work and other community spaces? How do we decolonize the workplace to redefine what professionalism can look like, in order to create spaces where individuals can thrive? In this workshop we will explore these questions through a facilitated dialogue on how we can - and the need to - bring more of our identities, diversity, and backgrounds into historically white spaces.

Media
Veline and Kausar MCs pt 4