Guest Interview with Stephanie Puentes and Heather Hackman

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Stephanie Puentes, Principal of Puentes Consulting, specializes in training, consulting, and teambuilding in the areas of diversity and cultural competence. She brings her deep commitment to social justice to her work as a presenter, trainer, and facilitator. Stephanie's work in the area of racial justice uses a combination of experiential techniques and lecture to increase the understanding of both the normativeness of whiteness in the United States, and the experiences of people of color in adapting to that world. This is also the basis for her work on climate justice where she acts as a bridge between the social justice and sustainability communities to help strengthen equity's place in the triple bottom line along with the environment and the economy.  Stephanie has been an Institute and workshop presenter at the White Privilege Conference since 2008. She is a Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy and President of the Board of Community Action Partnership Sonoma County.

Dr. Heather Hackman is founder of Hackman Consulting Group. She has published in the area of social justice education theory and practice, sexism and gender liberation in the widely used Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, racism in health care (with Stephen Nelson), and is currently working on two books, one addressing anti-racism professional development training for P-12 professionals and another examining racism through the lens of cellular wisdom. Dr. Hackman is nationally known for teaching and training and the recipient of numerous awards including: Research Fellowship with the Great Place to Work Institute and Professor of the Year Award four times while at St Cloud State. She has served on the boards of Minnesota NAME (as president) and Rainbow Families, participated in numerous committees committed to multicultural and social justice work, and is currently an Advisory Board member for the White Privilege Conference.

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