How We Get Our Houses In Order

Rae Leiner
Pronouns: they/them/Black unicorn/beloved/loved one

Dr. Jasmine Syedullah
Pronouns: she/her

HVTF Workshop Breakout 1 | Saturday, November 12th | 10:40-11:55am
How We Get Our Houses In Order - Liberated Survival is Black, Non-Binary, and Trans First

Workshop Description: This interactive workshop brings embodiment tools and strategies to confront the where and how power and bias inform our interconnected strategies for survival. We will be looking at the work of trans women of color’s self-defense and survival to pull lessons that can inform our work towards queer and trans liberation.

Workshop Format: The workshop is part presentation (slides and video) along with embodiment exercises, group discussion and small group break outs.


Dr. Jasmine Syedullah (she/her) is a black feminist theorist of abolitionist social movement, thought, and scholarship as well as co-author of Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation (North Atlantic Books, 2016). She joined the faculty of Vassar College in 2019 and holds Africana Studies' first Assistant Professor line there, where, in addition to teaching Prison Studies. Out in the world, Dr Sy, as she is affectionately called, is a public speaker, skilled facilitator, and certified yoga teacher and mindfulness instructor, who wields an unapologetically embodied ethic of care and expansive contemplative approach to repair within spaces of social change.

Rae Leiner (they/them) Artist. Organizer. Radical Dreamer. Creatrix. Strategic thinker. Abolitionist. Healer. Embodied Practitioner. Rae Leiner is a Black identified multi-racial non-binary Queer organizer, activist, and parent currently residing in the Hudson Valley. An experienced facilitator, community organizer, strategic thinker, embodied practitioner, and strategic relationship builder, Rae’s creative thinking and radical dreaming inform their analysis and guide their systemic approach to challenging race, class and gender injustice. Rae wears many hats; co-founder and member of the executive leadership team at the Newburgh LGBTQ+ Center, a queer and trans of color led activist organization in the mid-Hudson Valley, Field Director at the National LGBTQ+ Taskforce and co-found of Salt and Cotton Consulting Rae brings 15+ years of professional leadership to areas of social justice, racial equity, LGBTQ cultural humility education, working to solve complex systemic issues.

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