Kimberly S.

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What pronouns do you use? Fae/Faer

Where will you be located while serving on the board? Alabama

Please describe your activity with any Recovery Dharma sangha, including local, affinity, inter-sangha, circle, or volunteer with the board.   (Affinity: some members of Recovery Dharma create sangha groups around identities such as Black, Indigeneous and People of Color (BIPOC), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Ally (LGBTQIA) Women; or interests such as recovery around process addictions, food or codependency. Circle: an independent volunteer work group)

  • Exclusively process addictions
  • Founder of Womxn’s RD True Intimacy meeting (Love & Lust dependency)
  • Co-founder of RD The 4 Heart Practices meeting (Studies Brahma Viharas)
  • Facilitates Trauma-informed & Childhood focused Inquiry Circles
  • Co-lead writer of inner child inquiry questions, with a focus on childhood and trauma, inclusive of process addictions @ http://innerchild-inquiries.rd.rocks
  • VR (Virtual Reality) RD member
  • Visit LGBTQIA+ and GEM sanghas

Briefly describe your professional/livelihood history in a narrative, and upload a resume or copy it below.  Reminder that many life experiences can be applied to the work of a Board. This includes, but is not limited to service with local groups, managing a household or service on another nonprofit board.​

  • See attached resume for professional experience relevant to the board and IDEA
  • Additional recovery-focused service efforts:
    • Facilitator for Finding Freedom online LIFT program (trauma-informed intensive outpatient program; see https://timfletcher.ca/lift-online-learning/). I completed this program as a student, and am now “paying it forward” by facilitating in a voluntary capacity
    • I am also a member of Adult Children of Alcoholics and Dysfunctional Families,  and am working on completing the steps

Are there other special or unique skills that you believe would benefit serving as a board member? (please see announcement)​

  • All of my efforts are done through the lens of improving equity and inclusion
  • Due to the nature of my profession, I have experience with administration, including budgeting, leading meetings, forecasting, and planning.
  • I am already actively working on literature, as co-lead in the creation of inner child inquiry questions, which are trauma informed: http://innerchild-inquiries.rd.rocks

Please use the space below to share a brief (300 words or less) statement about yourself.  The questions below are offered as prompts for topics you might find helpful. We do not anticipate that you will answer each one.

As a member of multiple marginalized groups, and as an ally to others who experience marginalization in society, I believe inclusion, equity, and accessibility are critically important to societal wellbeing. As a result, I always look for opportunities in the workplace and in recovery to improve inclusion, equity, and accessibility. For example, I recently co-founded Culverhouse ONE Community—the first allyship group in the College of Business where I am employed. Our mission is to nurture solidarity with BIPOC members of our community through action-based allyship. We are doing this by identifying and eliminating structures, conditions, norms, attitudes and beliefs that stand in the way of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academic community.

In the recovery community, I have fostered these same principles by creating meetings and literature that are inclusive of all individuals. For example, the Womxn’s True Intimacy meeting I cofounded is openly welcoming of trans and nonbinary sangha members, as is signaled in the meeting name, script, and general welcoming nature of the meeting. Additionally, the inner child inquiries I am co-authoring are highly inclusive of people from different backgrounds (especially those from trauma), addictions (including process addictions), and identities (race, gender, etc.).

Finally, I have also served as an active ally for those who have been marginalized in the Recovery Dharma community. My goals moving forward are to strengthen allyship by helping Recovery Dharma realize its goals in IDEA. With the right actions in place, we can be sure that Recovery Dharma remains a safe and inclusive environment for all members.