In 2019, I became a certified leadership coach with an interest in working with women of color who are activists, non-profit leaders, rapid responders, and organizers seeking vision clarification, balance, and transition support. I moved into coaching because I spent many years reflecting on my own experiences in social change movements and the nonprofit sector. During my 15 years in leadership positions at nonprofit organizations, I made many mistakes and took wrong turns that stemmed from my own blind spots, my privileges, and my replication of white dominant standards, and that had negative consequences on others as well as myself. I am committed to a journey of reflection, self-awareness, accountability, course correction, and healing towards individual transformation. I wholeheartedly believe that individual transformation is necessary and possible in social change work. When we transform ourselves, we can transform our institutions, organizations, workplaces, and networks. It is in this spirit that I hope to serve as a guide for others also seeking pathways of transformation.
I also support group coaching and facilitation for organizations and cohorts seeking transformative inner work and systems change inside organizations, movements and coalitions. If any of this resonates with you, I’d love to hear from you. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Here are a few resources from Deepa that provide more information on Deepa’s coaching practice and style.
What’s Your Role in the Social Change Ecosystem?
In our lives and as part of movements and organizations, many of us play different roles in pursuit of equity, liberation, inclusion, and justice. Find your role(s) and your supporters using this model and set of questions: https://medium.com/@dviyer/my-role-in-a-social-change-ecosystem-a-mid-year-check-in-1d852589cdb1
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Is Your Social Change Organization a Pressure Cooker?
“Welcome to the non-profit industrial complex”: many people commonly use this phrase to critique the ways in which corporate practices have influenced movement spaces. Learn more about the dominant cultural practices at non-profits, and how to address them individually and collectively here: https://medium.com/swlh/is-your-social-change-organization-a-pressure-cooker-590688be7b78
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Reckoning with Trauma 16 Years After
“It was November of 2015 and I was in Atlanta, Georgia for a discussion with a group of South Asian lawyers and advocates about my book on post 9/11 America. As I read aloud passages about the 2012 massacre at a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin that claimed the lives of six people, I could feel my voice shaking. I soon became aware that several people were openly crying in the room.” Read more: https://medium.com/@dviyer/https-medium-com-dviyer-reckoning-with-trauma-16-years-after-sept11-98e063b6197e