Who Am I? I am Regent Brown. I am a wife, mother, daughter, friend and colleague. I am a bi-racial, multi-cultural, disabled womxn. I am a coach, circle keeper, trainer, healer, facilitator, and participant in our interconnected community's growth. I am constantly in the practice of radical self love. Radical in it is constantly changing, deepening and differs from my socialization as a woman of color. To help sustain my health and well-being; I love karaoke, dancing, playing, goats, photography, traveling to learn more cultures and photographing the realness of humanity, pruning my container garden and discovering small parks while walking my Corgi puppy, Perkelsnertz.
My story has had many twists and what seemed a few dead-ends; however my desire to progress has never been dimmed. Being of bi-racial ethnicity, I found that the barriers of life took various tolls on myself and my peers. As a child of activists, I knew my duty was to continue to build a stronger, sustainable, resilient community. My belief is that true transformation comes through the collective impact of changing one's self. I seek to do this through authentic dialogue and skill building. We do have influence over creating an environment that allows for one's own transformation; we do NOT have influence over one's choice to be their highest self.Building a culture of listening, accountability and collective leadership can foster such opportunities of change and support us all reaching our fullest potential.
Who Do I Want to Be? I believe my life has many complex turns; I have a complex identity and navigate a complex experience. Two sets of principles have come into my life that encompass the way I want to be in the world. These principles are fueled by my underlying values and spiritual beliefs. Through this I commit each day to live by these distinct principles. Peacemaking Principles:
Work for the inclusive community.
Work on self, not to change others.
Don't pass your pain to others.
Transform your pain to positive action.
Stand in 'the fire" with others.
Contribute to the wholeness of the community.
Treat others as sacred.
Build trust and relationships before arriving at issues and solutions.
I am a Black womxn. I am a person with ancestry that is part of the African diaspora and North American indigenous roots. As such, I bring with me the light and the load that identity holds in America. I bring all of myself, my identity, my experiences, my history with me into all I engage; it matters. I have accepted and am committed to "every day, recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to co-creating alongside comrades, allies, and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard, and supported." This translates to an unapologetic love for my Blackness and indigenous practices.
I do not expect anyone to live by the same principles as mine. I do not expect anyone to understand the principles in the same context as I do. I do ask that if you choose to be in a relationship with me toward equitable and thriving communities, that we respect each others chosen principles and choose to co-create partnerships that will allow us to succeed in upholding our principles.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices
Board and Leadership Development
Community Engagement & Outreach
Recruiting, Hiring Workforce Planning
Conflict Resolution and Cross-Cultural Communication Skill-Building
Assessment and Strategic Planning
California born; Arizona raised; over 20 years in Pacific Northwest;returned home to the Bay Area.
Bachelor's of Business in Human Resources/ Organizational Psychology. Studied Social Psychology.