Meet Dara & Nicole
Dara Burwell, Founder & Co-President
For as long as I can remember, I have been deeply committed to the fair and equitable treatment of people. Being a queer, mixed race woman has provided me with a lifetime of observations on how power, privilege, and oppression work â€“ as well as their tremendous, multilayered impact. I want to provide people with the tools they need to re-envision their organizations, interpersonal relationships, and society at large. I want to help people build powerful and transformative alliances.
I have formally worked as an anti-oppression and equityÂ consultant for eleven years, and have guided trainings, discussion groups, and other anti-oppression focused activities for fifteen years. I have designed and conducted more than 200 workshops for over 100 organizations, provided individual and group coaching, facilitated caucuses/discussion groups, taught oppression-related classes, and devised curricula. My work has encompassed both continuing and short-term projects, and is customized to suit each client. I am continuously engaged in my own development and expansion. There will always be a tremendous amount for me to learn, and I want my impact on the world to be as intentional and conscientious as possible. I invite you to join me on this journey, and I look forward to supporting you in your anti-oppression and equityÂ work.
Nicole Hurt, Co-President
I have 25 years of social justice experience working alongside others to build a world in which we can all bring our full selves into being and be recognized by one another as we are. My activism has been most rooted in solidarity/coalition work, with an emphasis on immigrant rights, economic justice, and anti-racist organizing (in both LGBTQ and broader communities). I have worked in collaboration with professional colleagues, a range of activist groups across the country, and community members to lead campaigns for health care reform, police accountability, and equal language access in voting, to name a few.
I am originally from Greeley, and left Colorado to attend Oberlin College in 1994.Â I graduated with a degree in African American Studies and Womenâ€™s Studies in 1998, then spent the next several years living in Ohio, Washington D.C., and Michigan before returning to Greeley in 2005.Â I served as the Colorado Progressive Coalitionâ€™s (CPC) Northern CO Director from 2008 to March 2012, and worked together with folks in my home community to build grassroots power and lasting change.Â I led CPCâ€™s Northern Colorado electoral field program for 2 years, and in May 2010, I joined the Board of Survivors Organizing for Liberation (formerly the Colorado Anti-Violence Program).Â In March 2012, I left CPC and Greeley, and moved to Denver to pursue Transformative Organizing, Coaching, and Anti-Oppression consulting work full time.