Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D. is co-founder of Cultures Connecting. She 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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Caprice D. Hollins, Psy.D.
Ilsa Marie Govan, is co-founder of Cultures Connecting.
Equity and justice have always been a priority in how she 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.
Ilsa M. Govan, M.A.
Richard D. Kim, M.Div., brings over 7 years of professional experience engaging a person centered approach to engaging race, culture and identity in various non-profit and education settings. Most recently, Richard worked as the Intercultural Credibility Coordinator/Consultant at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology, where he also received his M.Div. Richard also holds a B.S. from the University of Minnesota. As a person born in the United States to parents who emigrated from South Korea, Richard brings an uncommon voice to the work of racial equity. Richard is a husband to Grace and together, expecting their second child. Richard is from Minnesota by way of Florida and has lived in the Seattle area since 2007.
Richard Kim, MDiv
Jerod Q. Grant was born in Lubbock, Texas and raised in Everett, WA. Jerod has over 10 years of experience in higher education and worked as the Director of Diversity & Equity at Everett Community College for 6 years. While at Everett he was a member of the Washington state Multicultural Student Services Directors Council that created equity based initiatives for 34 community and technical colleges. He received his B.A. from Eastern Washington University and is currently pursuing his MSW at University of Washington. Jerod has partnered with K-12, colleges/universities, nonprofit, government, and corporate organizations. He has facilitated workshops and discussions on topics of race, identity, equity, and toxic masculinity. He comes from a military family where both parents served in the Navy. Jerod also has two younger brothers Jerrel and Jarred.
Jerod Grant, M.A.
Kenzie Brielle Gandy was born in Renton, WA and has called Des Moines, WA home her whole life. She recently graduated from Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, WA where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Sociology. Kenzie’s commitment to diversity and equity is informed by her identity as a Black woman and the ways in which she and those who look like her experience the world. This has lead her to be especially interested in topics of race, gender, identity, and access to education. During her time as an undergrad she advocated and worked on behalf of and alongside marginalized students towards policy change and curriculum reform to better support the diverse campus community. Kenzie has held roles in leadership, event planning, office support, and social media management. She's eager to use her skills to help the Cultures Connecting team continue to actualize its mission and vision. She comes from a tight-knit family with a mom born in Louisiana and raised in Lacey, WA while her dad was born and raised in Seattle. She has two older sisters, Adera and Kiana.