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Liberation: Navigating the Mess to Be Yourself

Today, we hear from D.L. McKinney, a brilliant, brave, and badass human and educator, activist, and big-hearted change agent.

Over the last few weeks, we've heard from leaders in our series unpacking L3 Catalyst Group's Ls: Learn, Lead, & Liberate.

At L3 Catalyst Group, we believe that liberation is the goal. We work for liberation in our beloved community because we are interconnected. Together, we build bridges to disrupt oppression at personal, interpersonal, organizational, and systemic levels. We work to envision and make real a liberatory future of equitable outcomes not for profit.

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Heartfelt thanks to you, D.L., for sharing your wise reflections with us.

Fellow leaders and learners, I wish you courage, rest, and beloved community along the journey.

Deanna Signature

Click here to access D.L.'s Video.

In humility and solidarity,

D.L. Signature


What Im Reading-1 What D.L. is listening to:

  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Questions to ConsiderQuestions for Consideration from D.L.:

  • How do personal and collective liberation intersect?
  • What obstacles or challenges do you see in achieving liberation?
  • Are there systemic or individual barriers that still need to be addressed?
  • What does liberation mean to you?

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D.L. McKinney (they/them)
Post by D.L. McKinney (they/them)
December 13, 2023
D.L. McKinney D.L. McKinney, MPA (they/them) Co-owner of Paradigm Shifts Consulting & Director of Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center at GVSU DL is a Detroit native turned GVSU “Laker for a Lifetime” Grand Rapids resident. With a work history that is everything but orthodox. DL boasts a hefty career in laboratory science, business leadership, and social justice change. They serve as support to QTPOC folks as a member of various West Michigan community committees focusing on wellness, homelessness, equity, and social change. D.L. continues to work from a lens of racial and social justice to support individuals and communities in building their capacity to challenge internal and external systems of oppression to create sustainable change. DL is currently the Director of Grand Valley State University's Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, and Co-owner/Principal Consultant of Paradigm Shifts Consulting.