Kinsey (they/them) is passionate about challenging systems and reimagining ways of being in a world that centers the most marginalized communities. They firmly believe that another world is possible and are happy to join conversations about the transformation needed to get us there.
Kinsey is a nonbinary trans person from Indianapolis who is deeply committed to people’s movements that fight for racial, economic, gender, disability, and environmental justice.
As the Marion County Reentry Coalition Associate, Kinsey is a community connector for justice-involved populations and the organizations that support them. They are primarily responsible for the management, organizational development, and leadership support of the MCRC.
Prior to joining MCRC, Kinsey served as the Staff Support Specialist at Outside the Box, Inc. where they engaged in disability justice work focused on the empowerment of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
As a college student, Kinsey was involved in campus organizing focused on racial equity, ending campus sexual violence, increasing LGBTQIA+ support, and the unionization of food service workers. Through these organizing efforts, Kinsey learned the power of grassroots organizing and the importance of cross-community collaboration. Kinsey earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Butler University with a minor in Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies (RGSS) as well as Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS).
Why are you passionate about what you do at Community Solutions?
Community Solutions operates with the understanding that authentic community relationships are central to systems change. Further, this organization has an equity-centered community practice that guides every aspect of the work we do. I am grateful to labor in solidarity with an organization that centers marginalized voices and believes in the power of community.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by Black Feminists; Queer and Trans BIPOC; international activists and neurodivergent folks fighting oppression. I am also inspired by artists, creators, and writers. And, of course, Nature.
If you could offer advice to a younger version of yourself, what would you say?
Love yourself and be in community with folks who encourage and embrace your most authentic self. Never settle. There is strength in difference.