As a transracial adoptee raised in small Oregon towns, Kerani is accustomed to being one of the few brown people in a room. Recognizing that her experiences as a person of color in the world differ from most of her family and community, she has spent many years formally and informally fostering inclusive spaces in schools, workplaces and daily life as a facilitator, organizer and life-long learner.
Kerani’s theory of change can be summed up in the quote by Australian, Murri aboriginal community members and activist, Lilla Watson, “If you’ve come here to help me, you’re wasting your time. If you’ve come because your liberation is bound with mine, then let us work together.” Kerani believes we all hold value, responsibility and agency to transform our communities and world using our unique skills and gifts. With each project and relationship, she is committed to sharing skills and resources to turn ideas into action.
Applying an interconnected lens to her work, Kerani asks individuals to look inward and also at systems of power when diving into social and organizational change work. With humor, patience and a long-term lens, she offers interactive and reflective sessions and consultations with a focus on racial, economic and cultural equity and justice in rural spaces. She partners with other facilitators to offer trainings in these areas, including LGBTQ+ justice, and accessibility.
Her professional experiences include volunteer management, event and program coordination, nonprofit administration and finance. Fueled by coffee and with a goal of thriving in beloved community, she co-founded Allyship in Action, an emerging and collaborative of local, anti-racist and equity trainers in Central Oregon. She works in philanthropy and holds a B.A. in International Studies.