Our first class of certified
Moral Courage Mentors graduated in 2022.
Click on their names below to read who they are
and how they're using their certification.
Zach Creswell, a high school math teacher, chooses this word to explain the impact that the Moral Courage Project is having on him.
Immediately after Zach became a certified MC Mentor in 2022, he joined his Michigan school district’s DEI committee. Steadily, he’s introducing them to the Diversity Without Division pedagogy.
Always deliberate and thoughtful, Zach adds, “I now feel a lot more confident in navigating tricky conversations that need to be had.”
That’s the word Stacey Harkey uses to describe how he feels after graduating from the Moral Courage Mentor certificate program. “I’ve been pushed to grow — grow my skill set, grow my patience, grow my open-mindedness.”
Stacey and three of his colleagues at Equality Utah became certified MC Mentors in 2022. Together, they’re now teaching the Diversity Without Division master class to LGBTQ+ teens
This is how Olivia Jaramillo, Director of Outreach at Equality Utah, describes herself after taking the Moral Courage Mentor certificate journey. “This program is an experience more than a course. It’s unexpectedly immersive, and that has changed me.”
Olivia is part of an Equality Utah cohort that became MC Mentors in 2022. Together, they’re teaching the Diversity Without Division master class to LGBTQ+ teens.
It’s a word that you wouldn’t expect law enforcement officers to embrace. But they're human, too. And it’s how Victor Green, an assistant superintendent of police, feels after graduating as a certified Moral Courage Mentor.
“All opinions and thoughts are welcomed by the Moral Courage Project,” he affirms. “The Moral Courage team role-models ‘procedural justice’ — being just in the process of people, not simply at the end of the process — and procedural justice is becoming a big priority in policing.”
Now, Officer Green is teaching the Diversity Without Division master class to fellow officers in and around Kalamazoo, MI — with an eye to reaching police throughout America.
(IN ALL THE RIGHT WAYS!)
Mindy Young, the gregarious Managing Director of Equality Utah, needs more than one word to describe how she feels now that she’s a certified Moral Courage Mentor.
“I’m a seeker," she says, "and I take class after workshop after course. But this Mentor program surprised me. It was a kick-ass, dig-in challenge. The truth is, you can’t teach Moral Courage until you’ve explored your own ego.”
Mindy and three of her colleagues at Equality Utah became certified MC Mentors in 2022. Together, they’re teaching the Diversity Without Division master class to LGBTQ+ teens.
Her cheeky message to the young participants? “Buckle up, bitches!” Lord, we love her.
This word immediately came to mind for Jessica Minick when asked how the Moral Courage Mentor certificate program made her feel. A high school teacher in New York, she can’t wait to introduce the skills of Moral Courage among her students.
“And among my peers,” she quickly adds. “The Diversity Without Division online course is great, but it’s the certificate program's hands-on training that gives me the confidence to teach fellow educators. Developing my confidence — that's the beauty of being a certified Moral Courage Mentor.”
By becoming a certified Moral Courage Mentor, Troy Williams feels “validated.” Says the Executive Director of Equality Utah, “I’ve had distress about the deterioration of identity politics into call-out culture, privilege shaming and demands for
ideological purity. Diving into the work of Moral Courage made me realize there is a smarter way to engage. I’ve found answers to a lot of what’s been gnawing at my soul.”
Troy, along with three colleagues from Equality Utah, trained and got certified as MC Mentors in 2022. They’re now teaching the Diversity Without Division master class to LGBTQ+ teens.