YES! Issue Contributors – Personal Journeys
Ruth King is an international teacher in the insight meditation tradition. For many years, she coached executives on transformative leadership, workplace trauma, and diversity awareness. In 2020, she founded the Mindful of Race Institute after teaching the training program of the same name nationwide. She is the author of Healing Rage: Women Making Inner Peace Possible and Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out.
Melanie M. Kirby is a Fulbright fellow, NatGeo Explorer, poetess, ceramicist, scientist, educator, and mother. She weaves together science, art, and communication to promote biodiversity and cultural conservation. As a mestiza originally from Tortugas Pueblo in southern New Mexico, she is dedicated to amplifying the voices of disenfranchised and marginalized farmers and stewards across the globe.
Shawn Ginwright is a leading innovator, provocateur, and thought leader on African American youth, youth activism, and youth development. He is a professor of education in the Africana Studies Department and a senior research associate at San Francisco State University. He is the founder and CEO of Flourish Agenda Inc., a research lab and consulting firm whose mission is to design strategies that unlock the power of healing and engage youth of color and adult allies in transforming their schools and communities. He’s authored several books, including the new book The Four Pivots: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves.