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SHIFT is a women of color, racial and gender equity education and consulting group, established in 2017 in the height of the #metoo movement. It’s founders - Natalie Bui, Kausar Mohammed, and Veline Mojarro - were deeply craving a space for their own communities to engage in honest dialogue and community accountability. And as women of color, survivors, and educators themselves, it was imperative to center and elevate the work from people in Black, Indigenous, and people of color, LGBTQIA+, and disabled communities.

SHIFT provides a space to not only support the building of tools to create institutional, sustainable, and transformative change -- but a space to engage in radical re-imagining. SHIFT strives to create spaces that are centered on infinite possibilities, care, studentship, accountability, and true relationships and community building.
 

ABOUT THE FOUNDERS OF SHIFT

Natalie Bui is a second-generation, Vietnamese American and comes to SHIFT with a background in policy and organizing. She's previously worked on voter education at Planned Parenthood, immigrant rights at the ACLU of San Diego, and policy advocacy at Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles. She's also an illustrator and cares deeply about centering the narratives, identities, and politics of communities of color. Through her artwork, she's collaborated with organizations such as The National Women's Law Center, United State of Women, Asian Prisoner Support Committee, and more.

Kausar Mohammed’s strategic intention is to create more visibility for communities of color and historically marginalized folks. She does so by fostering community in her daily life; producing and acting in TV, film, and live comedy projects; and facilitating discussions around race and gender through SHIFT. Kausar is accredited by NBC, Huffington Post, and Al-Jazeera for her comedy and activism work and has worked with various non-profits, such as LACER Afterschool Programs and Aga Khan Foundation, on their development and marketing campaigns. She is Queer, Muslim, and a Hufflepuff/Slytherin hybrid.

Veline Mojarro is a second-generation Chicana, whose work is informed by ant-racisit organizing, reproductive justice, and art making for social change. Previously, she served as the Director of Equity, Safety, and Inclusion for every one, a Goldenvoice initiative to prevent and stop any form of harassment at Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals, and was a Lecturer in the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance at UCLA, where she also served as Director of Community Programs for the UCLA Art and Global Health Center.

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
Challenging White Supremacy through Community Care
SHIFT will unpack the ways we internalize white supremacy values and share back practices on how we can begin reconstructing a culture that recenters our humanity. Building off of the work of Tema Okun and the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, we will explore what it means to support and commit to practices rooted in care, rest, and honoring processes. Through this workshop, participants will leave with an awareness of what it means for us - as individuals and organizations - to challenge white supremacy through shifted value sets and in the ways we interact with each other.
 
Women of Color Entrepreneurship and Leadership
Co-founders of SHIFT, a WOC owned racial & gender equity consulting business, shares lessons learned as Women of Color navigating entrepreneurship and leadership. From challenging respectability politics, pushing back on imposter syndrome, and calling-in into our power and strength, SHIFT vulnerably shares the tools and tips that have helped they’ve learned along the way. They will transparently share back their studentship in running a business that operates in white supremacist capitalist systems, whilst also trying to challenge those same systems.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Other Topics Include:
  • Race, Power, Privilege & Gender 101 for Students
  • Uplifting the Complexities of the Asian American Experience: A Community Dialogue
  • Creative Content as Resistance - From IRL to the Internet
  • Solidarity Building
  • Identity and Introspection
  • Short and long-term DEI consulting and professional development
Media
Veline and Kausar MCs pt 4