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Executive Director/Founder

Elliott comes from a bi-cultural, biracial background--with his father's line coming from Hispano ancestry in what is now New Mexico and his mother's people coming, originally, from the Mayflower.  This internal "diversity" sparked a passion for his work at an early age.

 

Elliott began his teaching career on the Navajo reservation in special education. He directed a school district transition program serving students with disabilities for 8 years and went on to direct the Human Rights Office for the City of Fort Collins, teach social justice classes at Naropa University, and work as a school principal. He founded The Sum in 2006.

 

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“Racism is so universal in this country, so widespread and deepseated, that it is invisible because it is so normal.”                                  

                                                                ~Shirley Chisolm

 

After James Fields drove his car into a crowd in Charlottesville VA, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 40 others, Elliott moved to Charlottesville, in a camper. Here he has started The Sum Study Center, to support people's learning and empowerment across the full political spectrum (Alt-right to Antifa). Elliott founded an intentional community that representas a cross-racial, multicultural, interfaith and queer collaboration called Araminta Village. He has established a faith community, and faith community model based on the "sacredness of welcome to all" called The Welcome Circle and he is currently writing a book entitled Sex and Social Justice: Lost and Found at the Crossroads.

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Co-Facilitator

 

Joshua S. Lee is a mental health professional and executive life coach.  Licensed in the state of Maryland with more than 19 years of experience providing services to public schools, churches and other community-based organizations.  He is owner of UMOJA Integrative Behavioral Health Systems, LLC, a behavioral health organization, specializing in working with social entrepreneurs and other professionals to assist them to observe their world differently leading to different results.  Additionally, he has developed a powerfully effective, experiential coaching system called The Game Plan for Better Living©.  Using the language and metaphor of sports, individuals, groups and organizations are coached to use their inherent strengths and resources to overcome their “opponents” in an action-based manner.  

 

He is interested primarily in the intersection between psychodrama (a form of action-based group counseling), organizational culture and ontological coaching (shifting one’s way of being by observing how one observes) meet.  For additional information, Joshua S. Lee can be reached at 443-588-5048 or joshua@thegameplan.biz  See Website: UmojaHealth.com

Joshua www.aramintavillage.org www.thewelcomecircle.org