MONSTERS & ALIENS
"The Norm Of Children Being Seen And Not Heard Has Contributed To Traumatized Adults Questioning Their Place In The World"
This highly-anticipated book, tells the story of courage, resilience, and truth from the perspective of a 7-year old who decided the norm of conformity left too many unanswered questions and unresolved trauma.
Follow the journey of young Sonia trying to understand the forced tradition of saying the "Pledge of Allegiance" juxtaposed to being Black in America without the benefits of "free and justice for all.
With The Help Of Mama, Daddy, And Some Teachers Along The Way Sonia Finds That She May Be Small But Her Voice Is Big.
Sonia Lewis's Debut Children's Book Focuses On Encouraging Children To Trust Their Voice And Adults To Do The Same. Be Ready For Reflective Questions, Insightful Conversation, And A New Perspective On How Children See And Experience The World.
MONSTERS & ALIENS
EXPERIENCE ASCRIBE EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING
Working Towards an Anti-Racist Future
An Anti-Racist future might seem like a radical concept but here at ASCRIBE Educational Consulting we are working in community to uplift and normalize Equity, Humanity and Belonging....in local, national, and international spaces.
Unlike typical DEI firms, our services are designed to be a catalyst resource that encourages community members and organizations to reach the goal of Inclusivity and Belonging, so to foster cultural shifts and positively impact the bottom line of productivity. ASCRIBE provides opportunities for professional and personal development, as well as, a cultural intelligence mindset shift that centers the humanity of all team members. This is what we know: getting to the root of disconnecting experiences impedes and impacts the bottom line of sustainable outcomes.
We help organizations leverage equity and talent while taking into consideration birth and circumstances. Our services are transformative and not transactional, requiring a commitment and investment of time and resources. It is important to build capacity around relationships, work efficiency, and individual differences, by identifying the needs of the most disenfranchised and marginalized people in community. We strategically plan to move teams beyond community agreements and acknowledgments of harm, so to align around concepts that serve all people.
We invite you to join the movement in centering while acknowledging the responsibility of connected engagement, with the goal of manifesting an Anti-Racist future.
MEET THE VISIONARY
Founder and Visionary
More than 30 years in the making, Sonia Lewis, a former high school teacher took a leap of faith to establish ASCRIBE Educational Consulting, giving life to her vision and dreams of educational equity. Sonia at age 7 refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance because “liberty and justice for all” failed the collective of Black people and communities. Over her lifetime, she experienced and witnessed the assassination of Black girl genius, the adultifications of Black childhoods, and the impact of generational trauma. Imagine the message of "you are so loud and ghetto" being drilled into your psyche, when all you want is to be heard, seen, and valued.
Walking in the shoes of a CEO is about leadership, and the mission is to leverage equity, humanity, and belonging. The vision is to redress, reclaim, and reaffirm all of the contributions of those who built this country for FREE; those ancestors, who deserved but were denied access to resources they deserved. This mission and vision will provide opportunities for today’s youth to walk in the comforts of knowing the true power of self-determination and success beyond survival. Beyond the shoes of a CEO, Sonia is an unflinching and unapologetically Black social justice warrior who dedicates her time to grassroots issues. Her work as an Anti-Racism Impact Activist and Equity Broker is in alignment with the ultimate goal of marrying educational equity and social justice, so humanity and belonging can stand boldly front and center of any team. She describes herself as an "Around the Way Girl" from the Oakland, CA of the '80s...she's an extremely proud Spelman woman, a wife, mommy, author, motivational speaker, and Social Justice change agent.
Sonia witnessed her parents do everything right, in accordance with ideations of the American dream....yet and still they know first hand the impacts of racism. ASCRIBE was birthed out of this realization and false narrative and promise of hope. In the spirit of the Sankofa bird, ASCRIBE is on a mission to retrieve all of the things our ancestors were denied based on race, class, gender, and socio-economic status. Likewise, the vision nurtures what we know to be true about resilience - strength, endurance, and resourcefulness. Uniquely positioned, ASCRIBE is about building a legacy, while actualizing the reality of an Anti-Racist future.
WHO WE ARE
We are reimagining the possibilities of educational/workplace and racial equity.
Key to our approach is the fight for the very things our ancestors earned and deserved but were denied because of Race, Class, Gender, and Economic status.
Since 2009, the mission has included an informed attempt to lift and center the importance of the Black lived experiences. Studies continue to show what we already knew: intention, representation, inclusivity, and intersectionality matter. Why? You may ask, so as not to perpetuate the norms that result in othering, silencing, and erasing marginalized groups. When the most marginalized in community are brought to the center, humanity becomes a matter of importance.
Likewise, it is important to collectively understand when Black people win, everyone wins....and racism hurts everyone, especially white people. There is no greater time than the present to center Equity while healing and bridging the gapping wounds perpetuating the ills of a very racist past and present.
It is only when we are intentional in building productive relationships, strategically planning to drive action, and positively impacting people on the margins of the margins, that we can actually say, "All lives matter."
Our goal is to curate safe and brave spaces where we can partner together to reflect and deconstruct the micro and macro experiences associated with the norms and dysfunctions of the American dream, which henges on an intersection of male white dominance.
Normal never met the needs of the most vulnerable and disenfranchised in the community, thus ASCRIBE seeks to leverage the possibility of Equity, Humanity, and Restoration.
What They’re Saying
We just opted out of most of the curriculum that Rose’s school is offering. It’s a lot of busy work and she doesn’t like getting online for the classroom meetings. But she loves the Teach-In. When I asked her why, she said she enjoys learning about Black history. She also said she likes seeing everyone (even though she’s never met you or any of the kids in person).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DO WE DO?
We provide Equity Mindset Shift Coaching for organizational Leaders, Corporate Executives, Non-Profit Directors, and High-Level Managers. Ascribe curates customized learning experiences with the intention of being safe while encouraging bravery to discuss Race and Racism.
WHO IS THIS WORK FOR?
The reality is only 4% of Fortune 500 companies are ran by women, 80% of Non-Profit Executives identify as White, and 80% of students in socio-economically deprived communities are students of color; while most Teachers and School Leaders in these same schools are White.
We do this work for the Leaders in these spaces to navigate through the difficult conversation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity.
WHAT IS ANTI-RACISM?
" For white people, being anti-racist evolves with their racial identity development. They must acknowledge and understand their privilege, work to change their internalized racism, and interrupt racism when they see it"
- Natl. Museum of African American History & Culture