• VITAL: A Torch For Your Social Justice Journey

    In 2015, Kyle and Aeriel co-authored their first book, which was recognized by the Berrett-Koehler Foundation with the 2016 Jamie Showkeir Change-the-Conversation Award. VITAL was also named a favorite courageous book of 2016 by the Center for Courage and Renewal.

    VITAL - Vulnerability, Identity, Trust, Authorship, and Liberation - the five core principles of this book, gives readers the tools and confidence they need to effectively integrate social justice into their everyday lives.

  • VITAL should be required reading for anyone and everyone looking to educate about and understand social justice issues through self-reflection and advocacy. The Ashlees masterfully delve into their five core principles, sharing easy-to-understand concepts and strategies with readers, which are both interesting and insightful. VITAL challenges us to not only reflect on our individual identities and talk about social justice, but more importantly, how to actively engage in seeking social justice in our day-to-day lives.

    -Dave Vale, Assistant Director of Campus Programs, University of Akron

  • 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 Pinto, Director of Residential Education and Development, University of Cincinnati


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