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Executive Director/Founder

Elliott directed the Human Rights Office for the City of Fort Collins, taught social justice classes at Naropa University, worked as a school principal, and directed a school district transition program serving students with disabilities. He began his teaching career on the Navajo reservation in special education.


He has co-facilitated and coordinated numerous community dialogues, multicultural community retreats and other multi-cultural educational experiences for youth and for adults. He co-organized the Hispanic Latino Leadership Institute for many years and the Strengthening Latino Families programs in Larimer County, Colorado (see "clients" tab for more information).


Elliott raised his two, now grown, daughters in a co-housing community in Colorado and is currently forming an intentional community that is multiracial, multicultural, interfaith and queer friendly. He has, also, established a faith community based on the "sacredness of welcome to all."


After the events of August 12 in Charlottesville, Virginia, he moved to Charlottesville to start The Sum study center.  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



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 [email protected]  See Website: UmojaHealth.com


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