Hi, my name is Takisha and I have been working diligently in my community to advocate for systematic changes. Serving as VP of our CoC is where I immediately recognized the lack of diversity at the tables as well as agencies in my community. Because of this inequity, I founded and lead the Lived Experience Committee in my community and we are continuing to identify barriers while collectively coming up with ways to create change. I worked 10 years fulfilling various roles for a nonprofit agency in Madison, WI that provided housing case management and other supportive housing services. In conjunction with colleagues, I was able to help support and form new programming, diversify staff, and dismantle barriers to create equity within the agency and the broader community. This also led me to be able to create a role for myself within the agency titled "Peer Engagement Specialist." I hold a B.S. in Psychology and Human Services with a certification in Social Work from Upper Iowa University.
2:00 PM–3:15 PM Jul 25, 2022 (US - Eastern)