Favorite Quote: "When I dare to be powerful--to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." – Audre Lord
Brief bio: Shreka Thomas is a 4th-generation native of Colorado. However, her perspective and way of being has been shaped by life experiences all around the state, including Denver, Colorado Springs and Boulder; the U.S. East Coast including Florida, Massachusetts and New York and different parts of the world, such as the Philippines, Jamaica and Mozambique. She is intrigued and inspired by the diversity of the world. Her interest in the differences of the human experience led her to receive a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. And her decision to learn more about the U.S. healthcare system and gain skills to serve others in health drove her to receive a B.S. in nursing from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, College of Nursing. Her current focus is in public health and wellness and presently works as a school nurse for Denver Public Schools. She enjoys learning about practices of maintaining life balance such as mindfulness, physical fitness and spirituality and volunteering for social justice causes.
Why CIRCLE? CIRCLE provides educators, students and community members, an outstanding opportunity to experience an in-depth look at the causes, effects and solutions of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusiveness. The knowledge shared is profound. And the people of difference involved, experience a rare opportunity in Colorado, to be in a publicly gathered space that feels rich, warm and welcoming. The stories and opinions expressed and the way business is conducted shows everyone involved how to exist in an equitable way. I love this! And I am happy to give my time to promote this effort.
Favorite book related to inclusiveness: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome – America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing: by Joy Degruy - “The book addresses the residual impacts of generations of slavery and opens up the discussion of how the black community can use the strengths we have gained in the past to heal in the present.”
Personal Theme Song: "There’s Hope" - India.Arie It is upbeat with a rhythm that makes me move. And the lyrics describe living a life of self-reflection; learning to love and celebrate your true, authentic self; expressing the importance of perception; creating solutions and never giving up. “Stand up for your rights, Keep shining your light, And show the world your smile.” India Arie