Standing in Our Power (SiOP) envisions a world where trans and cisgender women of color, and gender non-conforming people of color, co-create a new story of holistic transformation, sustainability, and wellness. Through our transformative leadership development and capacity building model, our intergenerational network of social justice movement leaders and social entrepreneurs radically redefines the status quo to ignite personal, structural, and cultural liberation.
“Because of my participation in SiOP, I have been able to develop my agency as a Brown woman in a position of leadership and expand the impact of my work. I've been through many "leadership" programs, but none have impacted me in the way SiOP has.”Angell PerezExecutive Director, Victim Reconciliation Program of Denver (VORP)
“I came to this gathering anxious, heart-broken, and overwhelmed. Yet, I was excited for the opportunity. I arrived to a warm, safe space that helped me to finally breathe. This retreat renewed me, filled me, transformed me, healed me and prepared me to create a new life.”Monica Raye SimpsonExecutive Director, Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective
“I have personally found ways to embody my own power that feel good to me. I have brought in more money (a lot) to my organization. I have created alliances that could be game changers for my field...Seeing myself reflected in the power, the humanity, the sheer caliber of leadership in my peers in the circle has shifted everything for me.”Kristiana HuitronExecutive Director, Voices Unidas for Justice
“To be with a dynamic, inspirational and REAL group of women for a weekend was a profound gift...The healing and learning (and unlearning) we did together— and that we will continue to do— will ripple out from this weekend into our lives, communities, and world.”Shilpa JainExecutive Director, YES!
We are excited to kick-off Cohort 2 of the Colorado Transformative Leadership for Change (Colorado TLC) Fellowship. SiOP has partnered with the Colorado TLC since 2017 to build power with low-income people and communities of color through a state-wide transformative leadership development program for leaders of color.
During a 5-day residential retreat in January 2019, participants will engage in deep, personal transformation by experiencing our Breakdown to Breakthrough Model while building trust and solidarity with each other. They will then meet for monthly day-long strategy sessions throughout 2019, as well as take part in 1-2 additional residential retreats. Through this process, leaders of color who are advancing racial justice will work together across roles, institutions, and sectors to transform the ecosystem— supporting equitable outcomes for the most vulnerable and marginalized communities across Colorado.