Equity & Inclusion

Miss Blue Ridge Pride 2022 Josie Glamoure is at it again! Achieving more first as a Miss Blue Ridge Pride!

On October 30th, 2022, Miss BluRP 2022 Josie Glamoure (Center) officiated a handfasting for Mr. Ty Ferris (Left) and Mr. Kayden Ferris, formerly Davis (Right) at Double Creek Ranch in Fairview, NC. Miss Blue Ridge Pride 2022 is adding more firsts to her reign being the first Asian winner, now being the first to perform a same-sex marriage during their reign. …

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Welcoming America Social Cohesion Series-

Welcoming America’s series of articles on social cohesion explores what Welcoming America and other national- and local-level thought leaders and practitioners have learned about engaging long-term members of receiving communities to advance immigrant inclusion and build stronger, more cohesive communities.

Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape

A majority of Americans (the “Exhausted Majority”) are fed up by America’s polarization. They know we have more in common than that which divides us: our belief in freedom, equality, and the pursuit of the American dream. The Hidden Tribes project seeks to help people to understand the roots of our polarization and what you can do to reunite our fractured communities

[York County] Business Leaders Say Employers Need Welcoming Workplaces to Thrive

As the economy recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, getting sidelined workers back into the workforce is a priority. But, as the U.S. population becomes more diverse, some say increasing diversity in the workplace is a matter of survival. In York County, the Welcoming Workplaces initiative is designed to help employers prioritize inclusion in their workforce to make both the community and businesses stronger. This article describes their efforts.

Bridging Differences Playbook

As part of the Bridging Differences initiative at the University of California at Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, this playbook synthesizes the core skills and strategies for bridging political, racial, religious, and other divides to support positive dialogue, relationships, and understanding between groups or individuals. Welcoming America is cited on page 36 as an example of how to put the skill of seeking and promoting counter-stereotypical information into practice.

Equity Over Everything

Equity Over Everything (EOE) specializes in equity audits, consultations, and education/training of individuals, businesses, and organizations. EOE has a sincere passion for facilitating organizations through policy, practice, and procedural changes that advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  

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