In the second season of Unsung Stewards, you will hear from four stewards who are supporting transformative change in their communities. The conversations explore many important and timely themes, including: how underserved and misunderstood communities seek to gain a sense of belonging, how personal identity influences action to create, change, and the importance of carrying on legacies of justice and addressing equity challenges. Tune in each week as we continue to spotlight stewards who are working to help their communities thrive.
The Power of Food to Connect Communities and Address Trauma
Episode 4 features Joy Williams, Founder of Hope to Thrive. Joy opens up about her family’s legacy in community gardening, shining a light on the food insecurity that became so prevalent and exposed with the onset of COVID-19. Joy discusses how food goes beyond providing sustenance and nourishment—it can serve as a connector, a cultural identity marker, a conduit for healing, and a basis for storytelling.
Strengthening and Sustaining Indigenous Legacies to Fuel a Movement
Maka Monture spotlights equity issues affecting the Indigenous community, touching on the importance of stewarding the land and resources that she grew up upon as well as honoring and sustaining the legacies of her ancestors.
Amplifying LGBTQIA+ Voices to Advance Equity
In Episode 2, we spotlight another steward, Sterling Cruz-Herr, a teacher, executive, and entrepreneur committed to creating an equitable culture to advance trans individuals and communities through training and coaching.
Working Toward an Inclusive Future for People with Disabilities
In the debut episode of Season 2, Colin Killick, Executive Director of the Disability Policy Consortium, shares his vision for an equitable future while addressing the social, medical, and political frames that shape disability rights as well as the legacies that his work is built upon.
Community-Driven Response to the Pandemic
Stewardship at the Street, Scholarly, Spiritual & System Levels
When COVID-19 hit, many schools across the country were unprepared for remote learning. Wanda Stansbury worked to equip families in Trenton, New Jersey with the resources children needed to continue to reach their educational potential while learning from home. From the interfaith student protest movement in the sixties to remote learning inequities during the pandemic, Wanda shares her stewardship journey on many different levels: the street level, the scholarly level, the systems level, and the spiritual level.