About Just Healing

Just Healing was created with the purpose of fostering healing through community collaboration, community connection, and intercultural development, while elevating awareness and supports to social justice issues. As a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practitioner for over two years, plus over 7 years of community engagement and government systems work, founder, Bianca Smith, has seen the benefits of fostering healing and community in social justice work.

 

This work can be a very painful journey because it is rooted in the trauma of our intersectional lived experiences and generational trauma. In a world where mental health care is still taboo and inequitably accessible to all, this work needs to be approached with tremendous care. As healer, New York Times Best-Selling author, and trauma specialist, Resmaa Menakem, states in his article White Body Supremacy as a Trauma Response, "We already know that what we’ve been doing to counter white-body supremacy isn’t working. If we are to upend the status quo of white-body supremacy, we must take a different approach. We — and by 'we' I mean people of all skin tones, but especially folks with white bodies— need to begin with our bodies, and with the healing of our trauma." 

 

The supports of Just Healing are designed to work in concert with one another to support the healing and growth of individuals while also working towards changing systems and sustaining these changes through cultural shifts. Bianca takes a compassionate and collaborative approach to their work. Every person's place in their DEI and healing journey is valid. It takes courage to allow those who want to help us grow, stand by our side while we deepen our journey. Bianca incorporates music, art, breathwork and mindfulness techniques into their facilitation and coaching to create a supported space for growth.

Some of the services and supports offered include:

  • Coordinated events and retreats to support community wellness and raise funds for organizations supporting social justice
  • DEI workshops and organizational consultation
  • DEI learning communities and accountability groups for White folks
  • Intercultural Development Inventory assessments and coaching
Check out the "Events & Services" page to learn more and get pricing information.
 
Bianca is also connected to a network of other DEI practitioners who have more expert knowledge and experience in certain areas of DEI. For example, Bianca recommends working with BIPOC DEI practitioners for more comprehensive education and support regarding BIPOC racialized experiences. As a White-bodied person, Bianca is knowledgeable and experienced in providing education and support on these topics, but lacks lived experience that is beneficial to leading these conversations--with BIPOC folks, especially. There are, however, benefits to White practitioners working with other White folks on navigating racialized experiences. Let Bianca know if you are interested in getting a referral to BIPOC DEI practitioners and healers.
More than 50% of the proceeds received from Just Healing services and book sales are donated to non-profit organizations that support and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, racial justice, and/or environmental justice.
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Bianca (they/she), Founder & Director

Bianca Smith (they/she) is a White able-bodied, neurotypical, queer trans nonbinary person. Throughout their life, Bianca recognized the pivotal impacts physical and mental health played in theirs and their family's lives. This led them down a path towards leadership in food justice and public health initiatives as a registered dietitian. In their work, Bianca has fought to enhance children's access to healthy food and has helped institutions build healthier environments that promote environmental sustainability. The majority of Bianca's work for the state has centered around community building, collaboration, stakeholder engagement, and facilitation. Bianca also does volunteer work with a local non-profit, organizing wellness retreats for community healing and organizational fundraising. 

 

As a close witness to homophobia, addiction, domestic abuse, and mental health challenges throughout their life, Bianca recognized their own embodied generational trauma and understood the importance of creating a world where everyone can feel the healing sense of belonging. They recognized they could use their strength from their unconventional life experience as an opportunity to amplify issues in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as other social justice issues, through their work and their writing. Two years ago, they pivoted in their career towards DEI coordination and strategic partnership collaboration in food justice for the state of Washington. This work has led to more collaborative supports to Indigenous organizations in child nutrition programming, increased funding to support DEI professional development of state workers, and state and federal policy changes. 

 

They also express their activism through their writing. In 2020, they published modern fiction novel, Triangle, a story about a queer woman's journey towards self-love and healing.

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