Meet Jizelle Rae, Cohort 7 LEAP Fellow

Current Role and Organization

Rape Crisis Center Manager at Tri-Valley Haven

Why did you apply to be a LEAP Fellow?

I applied to be a LEAP Fellow because I stand in solidarity against violence, uplifting and empowering the staff I work with and the survivors we support.I applied because I am a survivor of intimate partner violence, and my passion is to contribute to ending these cycles of gender-based violence. I recognize that women of color are underrepresented in leadership of the social work field, including the movement against violence. I am grateful to be a part of this community of women of color, who have the leadership abilities, grit, and passion to continue making intentional changes in the world and this movement.

I joined this fellowship to connect with my colleagues about skill development and important resources, while learning and sharing my own knowledge.

Finish this sentence: “Always lead with ____”

Compassion, a vision, and strength

Who do you look to for inspiration?

I look to my parents, grandparents, and ancestors knowing they have sacrificed a lot and curated opportunities for their future generations. I look up to the love and wisdom they share with me and others.

I look up to Jhene Aiko, a peaceful soul who brings centeredness, positivity, and authenticity to the world (especially through her music).

What song(s) are on your playlist? 

  • “I Am Light” by India.Arie
  • “A Beautiful Noise” by Alicia Keys
  • “Rise” by Solange

What is a word or phrase that describes you?

Faithful

How do you practice restoration and wellness?

Physical exercise (yoga, skateboarding, hiking, weight lifting, boxing), traveling, reading, journaling, painting, and spending time with my family and friends.

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