Sandra Kim is the Founder and Executive Director of Everyday Feminism, an educational platform for personal and social liberation. Launched in June 2012, Everyday Feminism has become known for having one of the most popular feminist digital media sites in the world, with a readership of a few million monthly visitors from over 150 countries and a team of over 40 writers.
In 2013 and 2014, Sandra also developed and leads the online courses for Everyday Self-Love and Relationships, which helps people become free of toxic messages from systemic oppression and to practice being loving to themselves and others. In Spring 2016, Sandra developed the model for Compassionate Activism, which helps people address everyday oppression with love and justice, and provides both in-person and online trainings to make this model accessible.
As its leader, Sandra’s deep-seated values are evident in Everyday Feminism’s unique approach to feminism. As a person with multiple marginalized identities, she is committed to having intersectionality and radical inclusiveness be core to the feminism promoted in the magazine and programs.
Sandra also brings an unique inside-out approach to feminism based on her belief in the interdependence of personal transformation and social transformation and that self-love and healing are necessary for social justice to spread.
In the online world where most feminists are often not paid for their writing, she’s pioneered the development of an innovative online business model for feminism and social justice – independent of philanthropy – to make this work sustainable.
Sandra brings a wide range of approaches and skills to Everyday Feminism from her experience working with survivors of violence and abuse, healing and personal transformation, social entrepreneurship, and life coaching. She has worked on the front lines in the fight against human trafficking and in the social innovation and nonprofit capacity-building field.
To read her Everyday Feminism articles, click here.
Location: Washington, DC
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To arrange to have Sandra speak at your event, please complete this form here and we will be in touch soon. Her presentations include:
Compassionate Activism: Responding to Everyday Oppression with Love and Justice – As socially conscious people and activists, we bear the traumatic weight of being both personally targeted by and benefiting from systemic oppression and proactively exposing ourselves to it through our work. This too often leads to burnout, depression, and compassion fatigue. Developed by Sandra Kim,Compassionate Activism provides an alternative model that supports people in healing from systemic oppression while building our capacity to respond to situations of injustice from a sense of care and shared humanity. We can validate our experiences and take care of ourselves in a society that claims our pain isn’t real and our needs aren’t important. And as we are be to hold more compassion for ourselves, we are also able to do the same for others. So instead of reinforcing our traumas, our activism becomes a vehicle for our own healing and reconnection to those who unconsciously perpetuate systemic oppression.
- Applying an Intersectional, Inclusive Leadership Approach to Work and Organizations – We don’t often think about how work environments contribute to different forms of oppression like sexism and racism and how that directly impacts individuals in their ability to be their full selves and produce their highest quality of work. It’s actually usually a given that we will be treated like work drones and that work will suck. But it doesn’t need to be that way. When leaders take an anti-oppression inclusive leadership approach, they are able to not just treat their employees like full complex human beings but also they are able to engage their best thinking and energies and address dynamics of marginalization within the organization. This presentations explains why inclusive leadership from the senior staff to the junior staff is critical for our own professional fulfillment and personal integrity and how that concretely shows up on in how we make decisions, share power, create dialogue, and care for ourselves as we do the work.
- Bringing Intersectionality and Inclusiveness Into Our Daily Feminist Work – While most feminists and feminist organizations agree that it’s important to be intersectional and inclusive, it is less common to find it authentically incorporated into our work. It too often is limited to adding a few token issues to the agenda. And for some, identifying differences can feel divisive and counter productive. Instead, we need to fundamentally change how we view, discuss, and tackle feminist issues in order to make sure all people who are targeted are represented and addressed. This presentation help you understand how to apply an intersectional lens to your work, wrestle with the challenges of being intersectional on a personal and organizational level, and identify how to work in solidarity with others.
- Building an Intersectional and Inclusive Movement to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault – When we think of people targeted for domestic violence and sexual assault, we often visualize a white, straight, cis woman. While this may often be the case, many people who don’t fall into those categories are also victimized but may have a hard time recognizing that – perhaps because they’re a man, were attacked by their same-sex partner, or are more masculine-presenting then their femme abusive partner. And when resources for survivors do not explicitly address the issues faced by survivors who are queer, trans, of color, or with undocumented statuses, how do they know if they will be welcomed and be supported in ways that address the obstacles they face due to their identity? This presentation explains why we need greater gender and racial analysis in order to support all survivors and what that concretely could look like for your organization.
- Creating Authentic Anti-Oppression Cultures within Communities of Color: To heal from and stand up to oppression, communities of color can proactively develop our own authentic anti-oppression cultures. This is both because we deserve it and because too often white liberalism is offered as the only progressive option. However at best, it doesn’t resonate as much with our lived experiences and at worse, it erases our experiences and pathologizes our cultures. These cultures need to be authentic to our histories and values while also addressing the oppressive dynamics within our communities around internalized racism, sexism, transphobia, classism, homophobia, etc. The internet and social media are great spaces and tools in creating and scaling this radically inclusive culture because of its ease of publishing our own stories, ability to connect like-minded people across time and space, and its potential for large-scale visibility and education.
- Making Self-Care for Sustainable Activism the Norm– While we may intellectually agree that self-care is important, we often feel that to give ourselves time for self-care is to take time away from our activist work. So we push it aside, which too often leads to burn out, broken relationships, and bad leadership in the long-run. And as leaders, we set the norm for our team so if we don’t do it, they won’t either. For activists working on emotionally difficult issues (which is everyone!) but particularly domestic violence and sexual assault, it’s even more critical to incorporate self-care practices into the organizational culture. And contrary to popular belief, self-care actually increases our capacity to engage in activism and consists of much more than the typical de-stressing activities. Self-care means honoring your feelings and needs every day, because (surprise!) you matter too. This presentation gets to the root of why self-care is so difficult and how we can incorporate it into our lives on the organizational and personal level to deal with draining situations such as campaign pushes, microaggressions from our colleagues, and divisive movement politics.
- Building a Large Online Audience for Social Change – Feminist and other progressive activists are increasingly leveraging the power of the internet and social media to build an engaged audience, raise awareness, and mobilize people – in the millions! However for many activists, how to build an online community is still mystery. This presentation will walk through the fundamentals to develop and harness everyday people’s interest and commitment to social causes through an online and social media strategy.
All topics can be adapted to be presentations, keynote speeches, or workshops and can be tailored to the audience. If you don’t see a topic that quite meets your needs but think we can cover it, just let us know. We are also willing to create a signature talk or workshop for groups.
What Others Have To Say About Sandra
“I immensely enjoyed Sandra’s presentation on inclusive leadership! Her knowledge of the subject she presented on was outstanding and her presentation style was refreshing and approachable. I was engaged throughout both of her presentations and am fully appreciative of the time and energy she shared with us. Overall, I thought her presentations were outstanding, and I believe that I learned a lot!”
– Residential Life staff, University of Colorado Boulder
“The Hamilton community was grateful for Sandra Kim’s presence and informative workshop. Her training — centered on intimate partner violence and sexual abuse — challenged attendees to remember the cultural and social context as the framework for intersectional listening. Sandra advised our audience on ways to navigate their privilege and power with survivors of abuse through consciousness of inclusion and intersectionality, seeking not to judge but understand and promote healthy dialogue. I was pleased to work with her, and look forward to programming with Sandra in the future.”
-Kimberly Williams Associate Director of the Days-Massolo Center at Hamilton College
“Overall, Sandra delivered a compelling presentation on why an intersectional and inclusive approach is important for both student and professional residential staff alike. Many of the students struggle to comfortably sit with and understand the concepts of power, privilege, and oppression which, for me, elevated the need for someone like Sandra Kim to speak during our training. I thought her presentation poignantly highlighted how student staff, and Resident Advisor’s in particular, can and should navigate their positions in such a way that allows them to stand in solidarity with marginalized populations while simultaneously owning and taking accountability for their biases (unconscious or not).”
– Residential Life staff, University of Colorado Boulder
“We were thrilled to be able to bring Sandra to speak at our campus! She ended her engaging thought provoking talk with good suggestions on how to shape a community that is better equipped to handle sexual violence in an inclusive way. We will be incorporating these ideas into dialogue surrounding our school’s policies and procedures.”
– Gina Marie and Caroline, FIA-STARSA Macalester
“Sandra was a wonderful presence on our campus. Her speech spoke to the gaps our society has between self-love and social justice, and was the perfect way to start off a movement to explore feminism on our campus. What’s more, Sandra was more than willing to engage with students and to both ask and answer difficult questions that prompted further discussion on the current status quo.”
– Liz Vestal, organizer for Free to [be] Week, Saint Louis University
Past Presentations Include:
- Interpersonal Violence and Abuse keynote speech, Take Back the Night, Princeton University April 2016.
- Bringing Intersectionality and Inclusiveness into Daily Feminist Work keynote speech, Student Government Women’s Initiative, American University, April 2016.
- The Implications of Intersectional Identity Within Rape Culture keynote speech, Take Back the Night Rally, UC Santa Barbara, April 2016
- Building Inclusive Leadership to Develop Anti-Oppression Work Environments keynote speech, Gender and It’s Intersections Series, Michigan State University, April 2016.
- Building an Intersectional and Inclusive Movement to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault keynote speech and workshop for Stand Up! 2016 annual march, Brown University, April 2016.
- Building a More Intersectional and Inclusive Movement to End Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence keynote speech, 10th Annual Jeanne Clery Lecture Series, Barnard College, April 2016.
- Applying a Radically Inclusive Leadership Approach to Work and Organizations keynote speech and Self-Care for Social Justice Activists workshop, Equity in Action Conference, Appalachian State University, April 2016.
- Self-Love and Social Justice: Why They’re Interdependent and How To Do It keynote speech and workshop, NAKASEC’s Undocumented AAPI Listening Session, University of Maryland – College Park, March 2016.
- Building a More Intersectional and Inclusive Movement to End Sexual Violence and Intimate Partner Violence presentation and workshop, Goucher College, March 2016
- Women’s History, Diversity & Inclusion keynote speech, Women’s History Month, Tidewater Community College, March 2016.
- Applying an Intersectional, Inclusive Leadership Approach to Develop Organizations Where Employees Flourish keynote speech, Power in Diversity Leadership Conference, St. Cloud State University, January 2016.
- Building an Intersectional and Inclusive Movement to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault workshops for students and for faculty and staff, Hamilton College, January 2016.
- Applying Spiritual Practices to Our Privileges for More Radically Inclusive and Intersectional Movements workshop, Sacred Justice: The Heart of Compassion for Ourselves and for Our World – A Buddhist Retreat for Social Justice Activists, Blue Cliff Monastery, January 2016.
- Building an Intersectional and Inclusive Movement to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault keynote speech, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment (PAVE), University of Wisconsin – Madison, October 2015.
- Building an Intersectional and Inclusive Movement to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault keynote speech and Making Self-Care for Sustainable Activism the Norm workshop, The Women’s Center 10th Annual Conference on Dismantling Rape Culture, University of Vermont, April 2015.
- Building an Intersectional and Inclusive Movement to End Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault presentation and Making Self-Care for Sustainable Activism the Norm workshop, Sexual Assault Awareness Month Event, Middlebury College, April 2015.
- Bringing Intersectionality and Inclusiveness Into Our Daily Feminist Work, Speech and discussion, Women’s History Month Event, University of the Pacific, April 2015.
- Building Inclusive Leadership, Keynote speech and workshop, 19th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference, University of Colorado Denver, March 2015.
- Self-Love and Social Justice: Why They’re Interdependent and How To Do It, Keynote speech and workshop, Free to [ be ] series, Saint Louis University, March 2015.
- Making Self-Care for Sustainable Activism the Norm, Keynote speech, Women’s History Month Event, University of Arizona, March 2015.
- Building Inclusive Leadership on College Campuses, 2-hour training for Residential Life and Student Life staff, University of Colorado Boulder, January 2015.
- How Intersectionality Can Help You Be a More Empathic and Effective RA, 3.5-hour training for student Residential Advisors, University of Colorado Boulder, January 2015.
- Intersectionality: Why It Matters and How To Do It, Keynote speech and workshop, 5th Annual Women’s Conference, University of Northern Colorado, October 2014.
- Self-Care for Sustainable Activism, Workshop, Mountain Justice, March 2014.
- Panelist for CONSENT KLATCH!, FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, February 2014.