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ABOUT CHERIE

I am a passionate advocate for social change and justice and am committed to helping social workers and other helping professionals develop and practice the skills that confront the elephant in the room. Doing this work requires courage and conflict, and I am prepared to support you through this process. I have worked with a variety of social service and religious organizations

 

All Paradox services are grounded in my PhD research titled Navigating the Silences: Social Worker Discourses Around Race. My research took a critical sociocognitive approach to examine racial discourse between social workers. I explored how these discourses served to silence, deny, (re)produce, and maintain racial dominance with the profession while calling for efforts to support justice. Interpersonal racial dialogue capacities were also developed from focus group discussions. Finally, the research concluded with a discussion around the dialectical nature of resistance, social justice leadership capacities, and everyday antiracism praxis.

 

I have a Master of Arts from the Antioch University Graduate School of Leadership in Change in 2018 where I also intend to complete my PhD in early 2020. I hold a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, a Bachelor of Social Work from Capital University, and an Associate of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Franklin University. I am professionally licensed as a clinical social worker in both Ohio and Indiana.  

ABOUT PARADOX

 

The world is becoming more complex. Paradox seeks to “make the familiar strange” – to help us notice the elephant and see it with new eyes...to discover what is 'hidden in plain sight.' We do this by changing what we know and the ways we talk about and understand race and racism through social change coaching, workshops and consulting. Paradox services seek to discover ways to assist helping professionals and organizations prepare for that complexity by developing interpersonal resources, learn to utilize fear as an opportunity for exploration, and create opportunities for social change and transformation. We help people navigate the discomfort that accompanies change; teach people how to talk and respond productively around issues of racial dominance and other forms of social injustice; and, help people identify and develop internal strengths and create action plans that produce change.