James Shultis (they/them pronouns) is a community educator, advocate, & creative writer currently living in Western Massachusetts.
With a long history of working in community non-profits, & before that, as a young person advocating for student rights in a small NJ town, James has combined their passion of education & advocacy together to create innovative trainings for K-12 schools, universities, & a wide array of agencies (from health providers to youth-serving ones). Topics have ranged from LGBTQA+ & Trans 101s, better practices, compliance with local/federal legislation, racial equity, diversity, inclusion, & more.
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Before setting off on their own as a freelancer, James worked at a variety of non-profits throughout the Northeast. Most recently, James served at the YWCA of Western Massachusetts as Director of Parent & Youth Support Services, overseeing the agency’s self-sufficiency programs for youth & families including Children Who Witness Violence; Young Parent Services; & the Springfield Youth Project. Each of these programs are tailored to provide prevention & intervention services to either youth, young adults, caregivers, &/or other family members who have experienced either domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, &/or stalking. In a previous capacity, James served as the agency’s Youth Project Director for the Springfield Youth Project team.
Prior to that, James served as Director of Programs at the Pride Center of the Capital Region, the country’s oldest, continuously running LGBTQA+ community center. James also worked as the agency’s Youth Program Manager, providing oversight for all youth services including trainings to K-12 schools, leadership development, & supportive services aimed at improving the lives of LGBTQA+ youth (ages 18 & under).
James is affiliated with a number of non-profits and community groups, including but not limited to the New York Capital Region Chapter of GLSEN (Board Co-Chair, 2015-2017 & Board Member, 2013-2015), the New Leaders Council, SURJ-Western Massachusetts, SURJ-NY Capital District, among others.
James holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens College (2010) & a BA in English Literature & Gender Studies from Hunter College (2008). They previously served as Editor-In-Chief as well as Poetry Editor for Ozone Park Journal, a new journal of creative writing sponsored by Queens College. Their work has appeared in print & online journals including: Hematopoiesis Press, Up the River, Mud Luscious Press, The Scrambler, Women Studies Quarterly (through Feminist Press), AlexZine, Farmhouse Magazine & Next Door Magazine. James is excited about a forthcoming non-fiction publication about their work in K-12 schools with LGBTQA+ youth.
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