Ashley Cooper believes in the goodness of humans — in our abilities to collaboratively address the complex challenges we face and care for one another along the way. She is devoted to creating a more loving and equitable world by facing the truths of current realities, dismantling systems of oppression, and cultivating more compassionate and just communities. Over the last 20 years, Ashley has supported individuals, organizations and communities with participatory processes for leadership development, community engagement, shifting culture, program design, emergent strategy and facilitating groups where people learn from one another, work together across differences, heal, and take action. Recent projects have included: a training on Racial Injustice and the Rabbinical role for Reconstructionist Rabbi’s; co-facilitating White Affinity Groups with Racial Equity Institute alumni, at the National Association of Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference and the White Privilege Conference; and program consultation and facilitation with the Tzedek Social Justice Fellowship & Forum for Theological Exploration. She co-founded Mycelium, a learning network and leadership development program for social entrepreneurs and social change agents. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, a Masters of Education in Counseling, and has extensive training in facilitation, social and emotional learning, equity and justice, and expressive arts therapy.
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