We welcomed two incredible additions to the Action Alliance staff in May–both Coaches for our new Underserved Populations Learning Collaborative (UPLC). They are Quan Williams and Katie Moffitt. This week we’re focusing on Quan; keep reading for a bit of insight into her hopes for her new position and a few everyday things that bring her joy. Stay tuned for Katie’s introduction in two weeks!
Quan Williams is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and was raised in Southern California. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a Master’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy. There, she received the Rob Mier Scholarship Award for urban planners committed to social justice for neighborhoods and residents. She is a class of 2015 graduate from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University where she earned a Master’s Degree in Divinity. Her professional interest is centered at the intersection of Public Policy and Advocacy.
What is an UPLC Coach and what excites you about being a UPLC Coach?
An UPLC Coach is a Project Coach for the Underserved Populations Learning Collaborative.
The UPLC is a partnership between the Action Alliance, the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Department of Criminal Justice Services and community sexual and domestic violence agencies to build capacity in providing culturally responsive and trauma-informed services and programs to underserved populations. We will do so by working directly with community sexual and domestic violence agencies to integrate social justice, racial justice, and changes in policy and practice at all levels of the organization.
What’s one goal you have for the next year as the new UPLC Coach?
One of my goals is to provide excellent support and technical assistance to the selected agencies that will participate in the project.
What’s your favorite accessory?
Scarves. I legit have dozens of scarves. One of the best things about a chilly day is wearing a wonderful scarf.
It’s a tie between Ebony Magazine & Time Magazine.
The Roots. Hands down. But Common’s new group August Greene is becoming a close second.
What do you do when you’re not working?
Church events. Movies. Watching sports. Good August Wilson type theater. Live music. Learning to play the guitar. I’m also an amateur photographer with an old school manual camera; I specialize in black and white pics. And I’m trying to improve my health and enjoy weight training.
To reach Quan, email Quan at firstname.lastname@example.org.To learn about the UPLC project, visit our website here.