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Meet Oni

Oni brings a torch of love to social justice initiatives, inviting people to step in and speak up, revealing what’s previously been hidden and ignored. She embodies and teaches the power of transparent truth telling in courageous spaces and catalyzes profound connection that sustains transformation. Oni brings a deep understanding of systemic and institutional racism and oppression as well as her lived experience to every conversation. Her leadership presence moves groups and communities towards a realized equity that serves as an essential foundation for individual and organizational flourishing. Her work is informed by her studies in racial justice, her ancestors and her mentors Audre Lorde, Martin Luther King Jr., Angela Davis, and Rev. Angel Kyodo Williams. Oni currently works as a Business Employment Specialist for the State of Oregon. She is a certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor II and anti-racism educator. Oni leads two community efforts with a focus on liberatory justice — Race and White Women at Work (RAWWW) and Sisters in Solidarity. She works with marginalized people and communities in transition. She has helped to secure housing, employment, addiction, and recovery services for over a decade in her continued journey of service. Oni is a member of the Equity and Inclusion Council for the Oregon Employment Department and is a member of the Human Rights Commission for the City of Salem. She is a mother to 7 and grandmother to 12. She is poet and enjoys spoken word poetry. She is an inspirational speaker and visionary. She loves dancing, fashion, and hosting celebrations.

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