Friars Leaders: Dr. Shakti Butler

Shakti Butler

We're pleased to welcome Shakti Butler to Simmons.

Starts:  9/7/2016  5:00 PM
Ends: 9/7/2016
Location: Main College Building, C103

We are proud to welcome Shakti Butler to Simmons for our 2016/17 Friars Leaders Program speaker series.

Shakti Butler, Ph.D., is a filmmaker and the Founder & President of World Trust, a non-profit social justice organization that provides deep learning, tools and resources for people interested in tackling unconscious bias and systemic racial inequity in their workplace, community and in their lives. Dr. Butler engages audiences with participatory keynotes and workshops, often using clips from her films. Known as a catalyst for change, she is hired by organizations seeking broader support for their diversity & inclusion goals.


Shakti Butler is a multiracial African-American woman (African, Arawak Indian, and Russian-Jewish) whose work as a creative and visionary bridge builder has challenged and inspired learning for over two decades. She is the producer and director of groundbreaking documentaries including The Way Home, Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible, and Light in the Shadows. Her latest film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity uses story, theater and music to illuminate the larger frame of structural/systemic racial inequity.

Dr. Butler received her doctorate from the California Institute of Integral Studies in the School of Transformative Learning and Change. She holds an MA in Guidance and Counseling from Bank Street College of New York and graduated magna cum laude from City College of New York.

This event is made possible by the Friars Leaders Program, Diversity and Inclusion, Student Life, Office of Student Leadership and Activities, the Honors Program, the Office of the Provost and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Please Note:

This event is open to the Simmons College community. If you're not a Simmons student, alumna/us, faculty or staff member and would like to attend, please contact us to see if space is available.