Writers don’t write only for themselves. They write for communities, with the intent to be heard, and they can be powerful forces for change in society. This work begins and ends with empathy, self-reflection, and honesty.
As an intercultural and interfaith educator, Cassandra can speak in response to critical incidents. She has addressed ethics, healing, hate speech, acts of violence, and the role of listening in situations of conflict.
As a Buddhist committed to radical nonviolence and a foster-turned-adoptive parent who has helped children and families heal from trauma, Cassandra can speak about the practice of peace in everyday life and to the changes we experience in ourselves when we take to heart the suffering of others. It is impossible to help others find peace without being open to what a genuine commitment to it will do to transform you.
As a writer, a poet, and an editor, she believes in the immense power of words as vehicles for empathy and transformation of individuals and communities. The stories we tell ourselves and one another can drastically shape the world around us.
If you have an event where Cassandra’s voice might be a welcome contribution, you can reach out to her by filling out this form. She lives in Idaho.
Places Cassandra has given talks over the years:
- public libraries
- House of Lords at Westminster
- Willamette University and other Oregon universities
- religious studies and philosophy conferences
- high schools
- York St. John University and Lancaster University in England
- public events such as an interfaith panel on the ten-year anniversary of 9/11 and a training session on slam poetry in the classroom for educators
Cassandra holds a Masters degree in the history of religion & culture, which she earned through one of the most competitive Fulbright programs in the world, in the United Kingdom. She went on to teach college-level courses on ethics, religion in US culture, Middle Eastern and Eastern religions, faith and worldview.
Before becoming a writer and editor, Cassandra collected over 250 hours of training in grief & loss, trauma, valuing heritage & diversity, intercultural sensitivity, and interfaith understanding.