Tanisha "Wakumi" Douglas

Tanisha "Wakumi" Douglas, Co-Founder & Executive Director,
S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective

About the Speaker

Tanisha "Wakumi" Douglas is the Co-founder and Executive Director of S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective, a leadership program for girls facing incarceration, homelessness and truancy. As the daughter of an undocumented immigrant serving 30-to-life in a New Jersey prison, she has dedicated her life to building leadership among youth most impacted by mass incarceration and other oppressive systems. 

She has served as the Clinical Supervisor for the alternative-to-incarceration program for youth at the Center for Community Alternatives in Brooklyn, NY. She has also worked as social worker, community organizer, trainer and popular educator for organizations including Miami Children's Initiative, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, the Harlem Children's Zone and Children's Defense Fund, among others. She is a graduate of Columbia University School of Social Work where she focused on clinical practice, criminal justice, law and African-centered healing models. She did her undergraduate studies in culture and politics, with a minor in justice and peace and a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa at Georgetown University. She has also studied with renowned African-centered holistic healer Queen Afua and earned the Womb Wellness practitioner certification, holding womb wellness circles, soul sweats and spiritual ceremony.  

Lastly, she is a trained restorative justice circle keeper and mediator. Wakumi believes strongly in the healing power of connection to Mother Earth and ancestors, telling stories, raising voices and taking action.

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