FOSTERING BRAVE SPACE FOR BOLD CONVERSATIONS
Part autoethnographic, part road-map, part collaborative storytelling, Kyle and Aeriel have taken a complex and difficult topic and turned it into a dialogue about how to become a true social justice advocate. Whether you are an experienced SJ educator or sticking your toes into the water for the first time, VITAL is a handbook for life. The Ashlees have laid out a path for you whether you are in need of a refresher or have never looked at your privilege in the mirror before. Through seamless collaboration, the authors purport that anyone is able to "do this work" as long as they are committed to the self first and are willing to open their eyes to the privilege and inequities that are present in daily life. I would recommend this book for supervisors of teams who want to have an open dialogue about the topic as well as individuals who are simply looking for self-improvement. VITAL is a work that should have a permanent place on your bookshelf!
-Trent A. Pinto, Director of Resident Education & Development, University of Cincinnati
WHO WE ARE
Aeriel and Kyle Ashlee are dynamic and engaging diversity speakers. In this highlight video, they talk about topics ranging from vulnerability and identity to trust and storysharing as tools toward fostering brave space for bold conversations.
The Ashlees are based out of Cincinnati, OH. They provide diversity and inclusion consulting services to colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and beyond.
Speaking and Lectures
We deliver engaging and motivating talks on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Topics include: Asian American identity, men & healthy masculinities, transracial adoption, white privilege, and social justice allyship.
Social Justice Workshops
We provide approachable and interactive experiences that facilitate social justice journeying. Outcomes include: introduction to self-work, creating brave space for authentic storysharing, and identity exploration.
Program Review and Development
We collaborate with organizations to build and review inclusive and socially just educational programming. Content areas of expertise: Asian American identity, higher education campus climate, intergroup dialogue, men & masculinities, and social justice allyship.
The most striking thing about the Ashlees is how they role model vulnerability, trust, and warmth in the way they work and facilitate. Their approach showed us how to combine heart and head in the work we do, and connect the social justice issues we care about to our personal truths and lived experiences. They bring exuberance, flexibility, and an unparalleled positivity to the community they work with, and are as excited to learn as they are to share. We benefited greatly from their facilitation training, which taught us to create brave spaces, meet people where they are at, to show rather than tell, and create meaningful connections.
-Kokila Annamalai, Campaign Manager, Association of Women for Action & Research in Singapore
Aeriel and Kyle talk about the goal and mission of Ashlee Consulting.
The Ashlees are best-selling authors, alumni of the Social Justice Training Institute, and received the 2016 ACPA Coalition for Social Justice Educators Outstanding Educator, Mentor, and Trainer Award.
Aeriel A. Ashlee
Aeriel is a scholar-activist passionate about racial justice and womxn of color leadership empowerment. She has nine years of student affairs and higher education experience, having previously served as Assistant Dean/Advisor to Asian Students at Dartmouth College and as Program Coordinator in the Center for Multicultural Equity & Access at Georgetown University. Additionally, Aeriel has created, directed, and facilitated award-winning intergroup dialogue programs across the United States and in Switzerland and Singapore. She is passionate about Asian American transracial adoptees’ racial identity development in college, womxn of color graduate students in higher education and student affairs programs, and innovative approaches to social justice education. Aeriel’s critical lens coupled with her story-centered facilitation style make her a highly dynamic educator, speaker, and social justice facilitator. Aeriel earned her B.A. from the University of Minnesota and her M.Ed. from the University of Maryland. She is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at Miami University.
Kyle C. Ashlee
Kyle has worked in student affairs and higher education for nine years. He has previously served as the Director of Orientation at Franklin University in Switzerland and the Interim Director of the Center for Gender and Student Engagement at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Throughout his career, he has discovered that engaging in social justice and anti-racism work with populations who hold privileged identities -like himself- is his calling. Kyle specializes in working with boys and men around bystander intervention, ally development, and positive masculinity. He has international consulting experience having worked in places like Switzerland, Poland, the Dominican Republic, and the United Arab Emirates on issues of intercultural communication, international leadership development, and global service learning. Kyle brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his work as an educator, author, and facilitator. Kyle earned his B.S. from the University of Michigan and his M.S. from Colorado State University. He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at Miami University.
Ashlee Consulting has a clear sense of systemic inequities and a willingness to dive in to whatever the room needs at the time. It is a pleasure working with Kyle and Aeriel.
They provide timely insights for participants and trainers.
-Amy Lazarus, Executive Director, Sustained Dialogue Institute
VITAL: A Torch For Your Social Justice Journey (Intro & Chapter 1)
Free Download: 11 Introductory Pages of VITAL
Curious about VITAL but want to check it out before you buy? Be our guest! Download the introduction and first chapter of the book to see if the five tenets of social justice - Vulnerability, Identity, Trust, Authorship, and Liberation - can be the torch for your social justice journey!
7 Tips for Incorporating Social Justice into Every Part of Training
Free Quick Resource: 14 Pages of Value Added Content
With limited time and resources, we know it can be challenging to focus on social justice was much as we would like. We are excited to share our very first eBook in which you'll find 7 innovative tips for incorporating social justice into every part of student staff training.
OUR NAME STORY
Kyle and Aeriel share the story of how they became "the Ashlees."