ACC

Engaging. Transformative. Empowering.

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ALAI REYES-SANTOS

ACC Director

Twenty years facilitating research and conversations about justice in the classroom, community, and public sector. BA in Humanities at University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez; MA and PhD at University of California, San Diego. https://www.alaireyessantos.com/about

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PERLA ALVAREZ LUCIO

Lead Collaborator

Decade-long experience advocating for justice in Oregon: as an organizer; a  lobbyist on behalf of students in higher ed; Field Director for We Count Oregon, the Executive Director of Oregon Voice; and a consultant with ACC. BA in Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon.

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CHEYENNE HOLLIDAY

Lead Collaborator

Outreach, coordination, and digital dissemination specialist working with youth, communities of color, and the environmental justice sector as a consultant with ACC and as Verde's Water Justice Coordinator. BS in Psychology; MS in Conflict and Dispute Resolution at University of Oregon.

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YU-FANG CHO

Collaborator

Multilingual social justice researcher with more than 20 years of experience in facilitating dialogue and building community in and beyond higher education. BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan; MA and PhD, University of California at San Diego

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VANESSA JACKSON

Collaborator

Lawyer; concentration on Indian and Environmental Law; former-Wayne Morse Center Fellow; currently a pro-bono tribal member advocate in Siletz Tribal Court; a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians Tribal Court Bar and the Oregon State Bar. BA Philosophy; Juris Doctor, University of Oregon.

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GRACE BRAHLER

Collaborator

Experience supporting environmental coalitions; undertaking research and technical assistance for BIPOC communities; previously, Beyond Toxics’ Oregon Climate Action Plan and Policy Manager; currently Director of Cascadia Wildlands. BS in Environmental Science at Texas A & M; Juris Doctor, University of Oregon.

 

ACC's team facilitates organizational transformations and community engagement in the non-profit sector, government, higher ed, and social and environmental justice organizations. Our team offers an approach to social and environmental justice grounded in ancestral healing practices that serve the individual and the collective. We have collaborated with Huerto de la Familia, Northwest Youth Corps, School Garden Project, Klamath Lake Land Trust, Centro Latinoamericano, Mobilize Green, City of Eugene, Northeast Oregon Economic Development District, Parenting Now, Downtown Languages, Dartmouth University, U of Oregon's Teaching Effectiveness Program, among others. ACC also provides holistic support to individuals completing writing projects and undergoing career transformations in the academic sector. 

 

GENERAL SERVICES

  • Facilitation

  • Strategic Planning

  • Equity Engagement plans

  • Train-the-Trainer Workshops

  • Grant-making

  • Research

  • Curriculum Development

  • Report Development and Completion

  • General Consulting Services

SPECIALIZED SERVICES

  • Community Building and Outreach Projects

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Social Justice

  • Community-Action Research

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Environmental Justice

  • Pedagogical Coaching

  • Writing Coaching

  • Bilingual English-Spanish Facilitation

 

Alaí helped us design an inclusive engagement process that elevated the voices of marginalized communities within our Climate Action Plan. She facilitated a process that honored community members for their expertise, brought their recommendations into the main body of the Community Climate Action Plan, and helped members understand how to elevate their voices in the City’s government process.

Chelsea Clinton (she/her)

Sustainability Manager, City of Eugene

Dr. Alaí Reyes-Santos provided critical training to our employee group at a time when we were experiencing difficult growth challenges. Her training, Creating Healthier Workspaces: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, provided tools for on-going training and development at our agency, which have now become a requirement in our new employee orientation. Finding someone with her depth, breadth and ease of communication was not easy but absolutely worth the effort!

Margaret Theisen, Pearl Buck Center

Northwest Youth Corps has benefited deeply from the thoughtful training and guidance of Alai Community Consulting.  For more than three years, Community Consulting has provided our team with tangible skills that have helped our organization grow our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Alai’s approach with our organization has been both empowering and thought-provoking. We are committed to working with her as we continue to transform our organizational culture and impacts.

Jeff Parker, Executive Director, Northwest Youth Corps

Dr. Reyes-Santos worked with us to modify the curriculum of our non-profit management workshop series, adding modules related to diversity, equity and inclusion. She also served as a trainer for one of our Non-profit Roundtable training and networking events. Dr Reyes-Santos was a pleasure to work with. We found her to be approachable and thorough in her efforts to understand our needs and rural culture, and efficient and responsive in the products and services she provided. The results of her work were well-received by our staff and participants in our programs. In particular, her community-building approach to equity work helped people take risks and honestly share their experiences, an essential step toward change at a personal and organizational level.

Sara Miller, Northeast Oregon Economic Development District