ABOUT WORLD TRUST
Our Mission is Racial Equity. Our Movement is Building. Join Us.
Through film and dialogue, World Trust Educational Services ignites courage and expands capacity to create a world free from racism.
We envision a world coming into wholeness where transformative love and wisdom heal the human family from racism and separation.
Over our more than 20 years of operation, we have opened millions of hearts and minds. By offering the comprehensive capabilities and deep knowledge necessary to help you solve the most complex issues of your organization, our work helps heal and transform people, communities and institutions.
Want to experience the expertise of World Trust Educational Services for yourself?
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“Thank you once again for the outstanding presentation and workshop that you provided for students, faculty and staff of Agnes Scott as well as Spelman College and Emory University. As one student stated, ‘What a fabulous, emotional day! Thank you.’ For a second straight year, your presentation and workshop evaluations are excellent!”
Isa D. Williams, Ph.D., Program Director, The Atlanta Semester, Agnes Scott College
SHAKTI BUTLER, PHD
Founder & President
Shakti Butler, PhD, is Founder and President of World Trust Educational Services. Shakti is an inspirational facilitator, trainer and lecturer who is sought after by schools, universities, public and private organizations, and faith-based institutions. Shakti’s work incorporates whole body learning through stories, art, movement and dialogue. Her current film/dialogue project, Healing Justice: Cultivating a World of Belonging, is intended to popularize a national conversation about justice, responsibility and healing.
Director of Operations
Courtney Jones currently serves as the Director of Operations for World Trust Educational Services. In this capacity she works with staff to oversee the daily operations of the organization including efforts to expand World Trust initiatives. In her role Courtney serves as a liaison to the board of directors and is responsible for assisting with marketing projects and developing a solid donor base. She is excited to utilize her skills at World Trust, working with the facilitators and educators to support racial justice and equality. Courtney is an Oakland native who is passionate about giving back to her community and helping underserved people.
Director of Outreach
Ginny Z Berson runs Justice and Community, an independent consulting company working to further social justice and build community. She spent 30 years working in public/community radio including Vice President & Director of Federation Services for the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. She is a founder of Olivia Records, the first national women’s recording company. And she is committed to making the world a better place by confronting and challenging prevailing power relationships.
Abi grew up steeped in social justice and racial equity activism and is thrilled her work life can support her deepest convictions. Abi majored in Business Marketing at San Jose State University. After graduating she spent 10 years abroad with her lovely children and husband as he played professional basketball overseas. She has now returned to her marketing roots at World Trust and works closely with the whole team and most recently has relaunched our website and presence on Facebook and Twitter.
Social Media & Event Consultant
Rhummanee Hang is second generation Khmai American, performance artist, and educator who was born and raised in Oakland, CA. Since the age of 13, she has honed her dance, theater, and spoken word skills as part of performance and dance companies in both Oakland and Sacramento. Rhummanee earned a Bachelors in Sociology at UC Davis and a Masters in International & Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco. In addition to working at World Trust, she works with the young children and transitional aged young women at CERI. Rhummanee is an event planner, crafter, and most importantly, Mommy to the amazing baby, Noreak.
Meriam Salem recently graduated from American University (AU), having studied International Relations with an emphasis on Development and Human Rights with a minor in Communications. She has experience working with international non-profits and recently came back from a fellowship researching the Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey. You may recognize Meriam from the summer of 2016 when she was an intern with World Trust during the filming of Healing Justice.
Gaby recently graduated from UC Berkeley with her B.A. in Legal Studies. Originally from Los Angeles, she moved to the Bay Area to explore communities outside of her own. While at Cal, she found her passion for helping youth and families in underprivileged communities. As a result, she has taken on rewarding mentoring opportunities that have helped her reach out to children throughout Oakland. In the future, she hopes to establish her own non-profit catered to youth in need, for now she continues her efforts through community involvement. Gaby joined World Trust as Administrative Coordinator, where you can find her administering day-to-day operations and supporting our World Trust team.
PR & Marketing Strategist
Eric Blackerby loves to create. He is an experienced video and music producer, writer and director. Recently, my work has been performed on MTV and Nickelodeon, and has been featured in media outlets like HYPEBEAST, TIME and Entertainment Weekly.
My professional journey, has taken me from studying at Stanford University, to content marketing / project management roles at record labels and tech startups, to writing, producing, and directing as an artist and entrepreneur. Along the way, he lived and worked in amazing places – London, New York City, Paris, San Francisco and St. Louis.
SHAKTI BUTLER, PHD
Shakti Butler, PhD, is Founder and President of World Trust Educational Services, a non-profit transformative educational organization. Rooted in love and justice, World Trust produces films, curricula, learning labs and programs that are catalysts for institutional, structural and cultural change. Shakti is an inspirational facilitator, trainer and lecturer who is sought after by schools, universities, public and private organizations, and faith-based institutions. Dr. Butler has produced four documentaries: The Way Home; Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible; Light in the Shadows and Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity. These films form the core of World Trust’s teaching tools, and have experienced increased exposure -- 23 million views of one clip alone -- generating national dialogue and critical thinking that is impacting institutions and communities across the country. Dr. Butler served as diversity consultant and advisor on the Oscar-winning Disney animated film, Zootopia, which focuses on challenging bias and systemic inequity. Shakti’s work incorporates whole body learning through stories, art, movement and dialogue. Her current film/dialogue program, Healing Justice: Cultivating a World of Belonging, is helping to inform a national conversation about interrupting the youth to prison pipeline.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JASMINE A. SMITH