transforming community with impact
Lucy Breidenthal Bernardin, M.A.
I started Zanmitay after spending several years working in Haiti where I was dismayed by the lack of self-awareness of colonial praxis in contemporary mission work models. My work is about the process of unlearning and restructuring social systems and examining the ways in which I contribute to and can disrupt systemic inequalities. I hold an MA in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and I have taught in private schools and nonprofits for over 5 years. I am passionate about creating safe and sacred spaces for children and parents, dismantling the systems we hand over to young people to internalize and learn, and transforming the way we teach and learn.
FRITZ JACQUES BERNARDIN
Co-Founder and Project Manager
Fritz Jacques Bernardin is an educator, musician, composer, translator/interpreter, and change-maker. Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Fritz studied music at Holy Trinity Music School where he later taught for 9 years. He has worked as a curriculum developer and advocate for fair and accessible music education for Haitian students, working to promote Kreyol-based music programs in rural communities throughout Haiti. He has translated and interpreted for the World Bank, The Domestic & Foreign Missionary Society, as well as numerous independent schools and nonprofits. He works with his wife, Lucy Breidenthal Bernardin, to develop sustainable social change solutions in Haiti.
HEALTHY BODIES, HEALTHY HEARTS: TEACHING POSITIVE BODY IMAGE AND BODY ACCEPTANCE
Everyone has a body story—something they say about their bodies, or have said about their bodies since childhood, and an estimated 30 million people suffer from eating disorders in the United States. Assess your community approach to bodies and body acceptance among your students and develop real life strategies you can implement immediately for a holistically health child. *Customized for any age group.
NURTURING A SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS CLASSROOM AND HOME
In this workshop, educators examine their own social consciousness, identify areas for improvement, and gain concrete resources for transforming curriculum, pedagogy, and classroom environments to generate social awareness in their classrooms. *Customized for any age group.
DECOLONIZING INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS: HOW TO BUILD A TRANSNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP THAT HELPS AND DOESN’T HURT
Planning a staff trip to volunteer abroad? Concerned about your Corporate Giving? Wondering how you can help those in developing countries? Take this workshop to learn about historical relationships between the U.S. and developing countries, and transform your partnership into one of mutual respect, reciprocity, and respect.
#METOO AT THE OFFICE: UNDERSTANDING GENDER INEQUITY AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE AT WORK
#Metoo has had a lasting impact on office culture—women are speaking out about sexual violence at greater rates than ever before. Learn the basics of what constitutes consent, sexual violence, and what intimacy has to do with work. Gain insight into areas for improvement and develop strategies for transforming your workplace to reflect contemporary and changing definitions of sexual violence.
GENDER DIVERSITY: HOW TO PRACTICE INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE AND PEDAGOGY FOR EDUCATORS
Wondering how to begin the conversation about gender inclusion in your school community? We’ll discuss the fundamentals of gender and sexuality, and what it means for children at school; identify key areas of improvement in your community, and develop an action plan for transforming your school community.
UNLOCKING ANTI-BIAS: GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND RACE BIAS IN THE WORKPLACE
Learn where your organization stands in terms of inclusion and openness to difference, gender equity, anti-racism, and anti-bias. Develop strategies for transformation, and keep your staff fresh with self-reflection, introspection, and develop concrete plans for integrating this work into the center of your workplace.
CELEBRATING DIFFERENCE: BEYOND THE MELTING POT
January 14, 2018
Listen to the audio of my lecture at St. Bart's NYC Forum and check out the slides for more in-depth information. Click here to listen to the presentation.
TEACHING PERSPECTIVE VIDEO
November 5, 2017
Check out my work at St. Bart's New York City to get a sense of my speaking and perspective about children and spiritual formation. Click here to watch the video.