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 LGBTQIA+ & Trans 101s, better practices, compliance with local/federal legislation, racial equity, diversity, inclusion, & more.
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Aside from their work as a freelancer, James has dedicated their time to a variety of non-profits throughout the Northeast. James is currently providing support for outreach & advocacy activities at the RECOVER Project, a peer-to-peer recovery center in Greenfield, MA; as well as overseeing an LGBTQ elders program at WestMass ElderCare, a senior services organization in Holyoke, MA.
Prior these positions, James worked at the YWCA of Western Massachusetts as the agency’s Youth Project Director. In this role, James oversaw programming aimed at reducing instances of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, & stalking experienced by youth people in Springfield, MA.
Before moving to Massachusetts, James served as Director of Programs at the Pride Center of the Capital Region, the country’s oldest, continuously running LGBTQIA+ community center located in Albany, NY. 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 LGBTQIA+ youth (ages 18 & under).
James is affiliated with a number of non-profits and community groups, including but not limited to the GLSEN Massachusetts (Board Treasurer, 2017-Present), 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 (June 29, 2018) non-fiction academic publication in Gender Diversity and LGBTQ Inclusion in K-12 Schools through Routledge Press.
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