Milan and Nora
Nora and Milan are 14 and 14 years old and not white. They are in 9th and 10th grades attending Westside and Lamar High Schools. You can find them doing a number of things for fun: Nora enjoys photography and reading; Milan enjoys doing theater at Lamar and working out (getting RIPPED) at the gym. Both of them love doing art (Milan prefers digital, while Nora prefers traditional) and writing. They met in 2020 via email, but never really clicked. In April of 2022 their families met at a park — the first time they met IRL — but the real event driving them into friendship was a slightly poorly conducted joint interview. Ever since then, they’ve been good ol’ pals.
I am a human who desires to see other humans, God’s lovely creations, live in their wholeness. I am Udoro Ekpin, and I have the pleasure of wearing some meaningful hats: A Mother of Three, A Sister to Four, A Friend to a Select Few, and A Child of One. Raised in Houston, TX, I am a Nigerian-American who is proud to be a graduate from Texas schools. From my formal teaching years to my consulting work through Restorative Empowerment for Youth (REY), I remain a life-long learner. My background in restorative justice (RJ) processes lends to my understanding about others and the world around me—making certain being seen and heard is not simply a cliché—moving from conversation to action.
As a consultant, facilitator, and organizer, Angelique (any pronouns) works to support and repair the connections people have to themselves and their families, communities, and cultural practices. She builds intergenerationally, with colleagues across disciplines, to question and depolarize the beliefs and practices that can lead to isolation and feelings of powerlessness — co-creating or reclaiming ways (like carrying children in fabric close to their caregivers) that can promote resilience and healing from historical and social harms. A queer, agender, asian mother, she coaches individuals and groups; trains community and health care workers and educators; and offers lectures, classes, and workshops on topics including consent, cultural awareness, community building, relationships, parenting, and conflict and communication, in alignment with social justice and transformative justice frameworks. She invites you to connect via her website: angeliquegeehan.com.