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“Shreya’s ability to create a safe space for discussion of intense & personal issues, such as racial justice in professional/academic fields, allowed for significant growth. Her energy was calming, yet allowed people to engage with each other in ways that led to clarity and revelation. I hope to have the chance to have her facilitate for our organization again; she allowed a new path to be realized & we’re indebted to her for that.”   {Marietta Gary-Smith, AASECT- American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, & Therapists}

 “Saltwater’s facilitation “dynamic duo”  was very sharp, thorough, quick on their feet, and respectfully kept control of the sessions. They definitely did their homework and were prepared for our organization. The presentations were thought-provoking, pushed us to go beyond our “bubble” to consider and to see a broader perspective- while being engaging and interactive. I don’t know how you could be more impactful. What I personally took away from the experience is to continue to be my authentic self and professionally, to be open to other ideas and perspectives without compromising my moral compass and challenge other point of views in an honest dialogue to reach a common goal. I would love to have Saltwater at our next staff retreat.”   {Felice Judkins, Washington D.C.}

About Shreya D. Shah, MPH

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The founder and director of Saltwater Social Justice Training, Shreya D. Shah, is a South Asian facilitator, healer, artist, and activist. She has over 10 years of experience providing impactful workshops and educational services to various communities.  Shreya has taken on the roles of youth worker, HIV/STD Tester & Counselor, health educator, social worker, community organizer, and facilitator. Much of Shreya’s work centers around the intersections of media, racial, gender, economic, health and healing justice. While Shreya’s first home was in Michigan, she has found in many places. Shreya has spent significant time supporting organizations and activism in the Bay Area, CA; Chicago, IL; Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; and New York City, NY.  Shreya graduated from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with a B.A. in Political Science and Columbia University with a Masters Degree in Public Health, focusing on health inequities, the built environment, and community-based participatory research (CBPR).

Shreya is Training for Change’s JCJ Fellowship Program Co-Coordinator for trainers of color to strengthen the impact of organizers, trainers, and social justice activists of color around the States. She is also a member of the Funding Queerly Giving Circle, distributing resources to build the capacity for community organizing by/ for LGBTQI communities across the U.S. Before being called to SALTWATER Social Justice Training & Consulting, Shreya co-directed the Rhizome Consulting Project.  She is a certified ThetaHealing Practitioner, supporting individuals to deconstruct ‘old stories’ to heal and actualize their goals and visions. She integrates a body-based approach into her facilitation & healing work to create depth in, and move groups through, challenging dialogues in embodied, grounded ways. Shreya has organized many community creativity and self-care events for people of color in collaboration with other artists, writers, and healers. She has also been active in many people powered direct action movements like Black Lives Matter and Occupy Wall Street.

Shreya has been grateful to be able to participate in and contribute to various constellations of change makers such as with the New Leaders Council Fellowship; Generative Somatics: Somatics & Trauma for politicized healers; SiOP Transformative Leadership Institute for women of color leaders; and the CDC/ASPH Institute of HIV Prevention Leadership Scholarship for Managers/Directors, among others. Her social justice toolkit and frameworks have been deeply informed by her anti-violence and health justice work in Chicago at a one-stop center for homeless & precariously-housed LGBTQI youth of color as well as supporting various crisis hotlines.

Shreya’s visual art, clothing, and design shares liberatory, healing messages. She writes comedic stories and blogs to share out social change tools and cherishes painting, illustration, and writing as medicinal, energy-replenishing practices. She enjoys being a proud auntie of 3 little ones, hiking, learning from the ocean and stars, and dancing.


“Shreya and her Saltwater team brought a lot of joy and fun to our retreat, and their sense of humor and joyfulness were contagious and helped make this such a positive experience for all of us. They created a safe space for our team to dig deeper into sensitive issues. They were flexible and adapted the schedule and activities based on our daily needs. Their genuine warmth, active listening skills, and ability to connect to their clients supported great, skilled facilitation.  Shreya’s approach to facilitation is very holistic and grounding. The exercises and discussions she guided us through were extremely thoughtful and helpful in creating space for our team to be honest and build a stronger cohesion.”  {Urgent Action Fund (UAF) Programming Team}

Working with Shreya was a wonderful experience. She was kind and sensitive to the needs of the group and enabled a great environment for reflection in a participatory manner. Her ability to connect with the group with ease, forging friendships and willingness to listen and offer support & solidarity was beautiful.”   {Asha Kowtal, General Secretary for the All India Dalit Women’s Rights Forum}