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About

Cultures Connecting, LLC was founded in 2008 and provides professional development and consulting services to individuals and organizations committed to excellence through equity and social justice. Workshops are facilitated with interactive activities, videos, role play, small and large group discussions, and content-based lectures to engage participants in courageous conversations. The room or virtual platform is set up to create an atmosphere of learning. We meet participants where they are at in their understanding and guide them in their learning journey.

Please click on our team member's name to read more about them.

Caprice | Ilsa | JP | Richard | Judy

Co-Founder

Caprice Hollins, Psy.D.

Caprice (she/her) was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. She received a B.A. in psychology from Seattle University and M.A. and Psy.D. degrees in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Multicultural and Community Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology―LA. She became licensed in Washington State in 2000 and has over 20 years of experience studying and working with ethnically diverse populations. Her experience includes opening and Directing the Department of Equity & Race Relations for Seattle Public Schools. Dr. Hollins spent 20 years at the Seattle School of Theology & Psychology where she was an Affiliate Professor in the Counseling Department.

 

She works hard to balance her passion and commitment to equity and social justice while at the same time raising a family with her husband, Gary Hollins. Together they have two children, and she has three adult step children and three grandchildren. Watch this video of her 2020 TEDxSeattle titled "What white people can do to move race conversations forward."
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Co-Founder

Ilsa Govan, M.A.

Equity and justice have always been a priority in how Ilsa (she/her) lives on the planet. One of the earliest phrases she learned to say was, "That's not fair!" and she believes we do children and our society a disservice when we encourage people to accept that, "Life's not fair."

Ilsa has more than 15 years of experience as a facilitator, consultant, writer and social justice activist. She has led conversations about racial equity at workshops and conferences across the country and helps coordinate the white caucus at the annual national White Privilege Conference. Prior to Cultures Connecting, Ilsa worked as an Equity and Race Specialist for Seattle Public Schools where she was tasked with addressing institutional racism in a large organization. 

She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Special Education from Western Washington University and her Master's Degree in Bicultural Human Development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest. Ilsa is deeply invested in examining how her own identity influences her interactions with others, particularly through the lens of privilege and oppression.

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Consultant

J.P. Anderson,Ph.D.

J.P. (he/him) holds a Ph.D. in political science with a graduate certificate in Law, Societies, and Justice from the University of Washington. J.P. studies the role of law and punishment in perpetuating racial inequality and has published his own research in highly regarded law journals such as Law & Social Inquiry and Law & Policy. He has over a decade of experience in adult learning and was previously nominated for the University of Washington’s Excellence in Teaching Award. J.P. has taught at the
University of Washington, Seattle University, Pomona University, and San Diego State University on topics including race & the law, race & social movements, and Restorative Justice.


In the DEIB space, J.P. works to increase awareness, build knowledge, strengthen skills, and support advocacy through facilitating workshops which brim with warmth, humor, and kindness. In a world too often marked by darkness and division, J.P. chooses optimism and authentic connection to support others in their journey of self-discovery. Two of his favorite quotes are “be kind whenever possible—It is always possible” and “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution”.


J.P. has lived in many places but thinks of Seattle as his home. He and his spouse are raising two children, both of whom were born in Seattle. They also care for three cats and two rats and are hoping to soon adopt chickens.

Consultant

Richard Kim, M.Div.

Richard (he/him) is a Racial Equity Consultant with Cultures Connecting. He is passionate about cultivating a person-centered approach and
bring over a decade of experience teaching, consulting and facilitation engaging race, culture and identity in various organizational and education settings. Richard’s focus is not only in helping folks to bridge the knowledge gap but to also cultivate empathy and understanding especially across differences. Despite his often-perfect hair, Richard continues to learn and grow and invites others to be unpolished and unfinished alongside him.


As a person born in the United States to parents who emigrated from South Korea, Richard brings an uncommon voice and an
interdisciplinary perspective to the work of racial equity. He is a husband to Grace and together learning to raise two kids. Richard

grew up in Minnesota and Florida and has lived in the Seattle area since 2007.

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Projects Manager

Judy Lee, M.A.

Judy (she/her) provides part-time projects management support for Cultures Connecting. She spends the other part of her time as a Portrait Artist & Storyteller for community centered photography projects focused on social justice and amplifying BIPOC female bodied experiences. Her current project is My Name Story which shares the stories of female AAPIs and explores identity through the lens of race and gender. She is the recipient of a Collective Power Fund grant from NWFF and the Warhol Foundation which is helping to fund her next art project, Home in My Body, exploring the ways in which QTBIPOC bodies navigate the world.

Judy spent her formative years in NYC until moving to CA to attend graduate school at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) where she obtained her M.A in Sociology specializing in race, class and gender inequality and research methods. She worked as Director of Research and Program evaluation for K-12 University partnerships at UCR until she moved to Seattle with her husband. After taking some time off to raise children, Judy worked as a Transformative Portrait Photographer, ran WomanSpeak, a speaker training program, as well as facilitated community events and workshops for organizations like Lean In and BECU Women's Leadership Conference.

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