As a member of the Collective, I look forward to sharing my professional social work training (LMSW, Winthrop University) as well as my personal social justice values. As part of my undergraduate field placement studies, I interned at Time Out Youth in Charlotte, NC, a not-for-profit organization that serves LGBTQ+ youth in the region. Here, I witnessed the power of community-building and the strength of building interpersonal relationships. I am currently the Executive Director at We Are Family, a Charleston-based non-profit that provides affirming spaces for LGBTQ+ youth through direct support, leadership development, and community outreach. I hope to bring to the Collective my attentiveness to therapeutic communication and a hope that we will all cultivate our communication skills based on empathy and understanding for our different ways of knowing and navigating the world.