Whitney Richards-Calathes, PhD
Whitney is a community-based researcher and transformative justice practitioner. Born into a family of labor organizers and youth workers, Whitney holds movement work at her center. For over ten years she has worked on issues that she believes deeply in and that inspire her: young women’s leadership development, educational access, prison abolition, racial justice, and gender equity. She received her PhD from The Graduate Center at The City University of New York; her academic research and writing are focused on how the criminal punishment system impacts multi-generational relationships between Black women as well as Black feminist research methods. She holds an MA from UCLA and a BA from Carleton College. Whitney believes that social justice is beyond the jobs we have though — it is an ethic in how we live life, build relationships, respect and interact with the Earth, and value ourselves. Currently, New York City and Los Angeles are her home bases, where she works with the organizations Community Connections for Youth, the Youth Justice Coalition, and Sweet River Consulting. She does community-based participatory action research, transformative justice support, and youth leadership development.