Shadeen Francis is presenting Boldly Unbroken: Decolonizing our Approaches to Trauma and Healing. Check out her bio here.
How do you see yourself as a catalyst for change?
We all have the capacity to create meaningful change in the world, wherever we are and with whatever gifts we were given. I am a teacher, a creator, a witness, and collaborator. I help people of all backgrounds to accomplish their goals, create loving relationships, and lives they desire.
Who or what was a catalyst for you?
The things that have always driven me are love, learning, and justice.
What do you feel are some of the most important/valuable changes that have been made in our current society and the field of sexuality?
Communication has been invaluable to the field of sexuality. Despite ongoing censorship, there has been so much gained from dialogue between open-minds and vulnerable hearts. I’m excited by how many people are willing to have hard conversations that center pleasure, inclusivity, consent, and medical accuracy.
What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges or concerns facing us in society and the field of sexuality today?
Division, misinformation, and shame.
Why is your CatalystCon presentation topic important to you?
My idea of the world centers around relationships: our relationships with others, our relationship to the planet, our relationship to a higher power, and most importantly our relationships with ourselves. Trauma can happen at any level of existence, and it keeps us from connecting to one another in ways that make us feel safe and whole. We all deserve safety and satisfaction in our relationships. If my work can help anyone find more peace or pleasure, I have done my part in service to humanity.
Share one unknown (or little known) fact about yourself.
If I’m not talking about sex or social justice, I’m probably having brunch or re-organizing my closet.