Camille Fisher and Deb Brill create a brave space where participants gain a strong foundation on intersectional communication. This work can be applied to schools or to businesses and organizations. Camille identifies as a black queer cisgender woman and Deb identifies as a white Jewish heterosexual cisgender woman. Together they create a dynamic that supports reflection, growth, and ultimately an environment where relationships are genuine and real and inclusive of the intersectional identities that exist there.
In their work with businesses and organizations, they consult around a variety of topics such as strategic planning, hiring practices, retention strategies, and individual and small group coaching. In their workshops, participants gain a foundation on intersectionality and practice using language for having critical conversations with people of all identities. Their professional development is always part of a larger picture that includes a plan of action and next steps as a work culture. They bring with them strong mediation and facilitation skills. They build a brave space through culturally-relevant communication activities and from there leverage that space to create a genuine and productive work environment where potential is maximized and commitment and longevity develop.
In their work with districts and schools, they are able to masterfully guide a district or school through the process of becoming truly restorative, ultimately shifting away from suspensions to a system of accountability that is respectful and reflective of students’ intersectional identities and ability to be successful within a school community. As part of this process the school creates restorative responses to behaviors that ultimately result in the development of a behavior matrix that is reflective of a restorative school and reduces suspensions. This begins with common and positive school wide norms, a physical school environment that reflects the identities of its students, supporting teachers with enhancing curriculum and adding components to support students’ school connectedness through an intersectional lens .
As part of this process or as a stand-alone service, they provide specific workshops for schools where participants will gain a foundation on intersectional communication that creates culturally responsive classrooms. They provide individual and small group coaching that supports teachers in developing the skills to create restorative and successful classroom environments. Their workshops are powerful as a result of the brave space they create and the dynamic they create together to build acceptance while challenging oneself at the same time. Camille and Deb are masterful facilitators and can be an incredible asset to your school or organization.