In December 2018, YWCA Greater Charleston welcomed Tina L. Singleton and Djuanna Brockington to its staff.
Singleton serves as the nonprofit’s first-ever social justice coordinator, a newly created position. No stranger to social justice issues, she worked abroad for more than 20 years as a disability rights and inclusion technical advisor for international development organizations and nonprofits, most recently in Kabul, Afghanistan, before moving to Charleston in 2016.
She is also the founder of Transformation Table, LLC, a mission-based company that creates a space for connection between strangers by hosting dinners in diverse community members’ homes to help break down barriers, prejudices, and stereotypes. In October 2017, she gave a TEDxTalk entitled “Global Connection Begins at the Dinner Table” about her experiences with the startup.
She holds a master’s degree in community disability studies for developing countries from University College London, and was honored with the Peace and Dialogue Award from the Atlantic Institute in 2018. The award recognizes those who actively promote diversity and intercultural exchange in the workplace, government, or other spheres in their communities.
“We have the power to shift from fear and hate to love, compassion, and empathy,” she said. “I’ve already enjoyed using my cross-cultural communication and program management experience to support YWCA Greater Charleston’s Racial Equity Institute, and I look forward to working on many other social justice initiatives here.”
Brockington serves as YWCA Greater Charleston’s first-ever women’s empowerment coordinator, also a newly created position.
She holds a master’s degree in counseling and has been a leader in the field of social services and nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years, effectively developing, managing, redesigning, and monitoring programs in child welfare services, adult protective services, substance abuse, and individual personal and economic empowerment.
She also has a keen interest in the technology workforce, which she feels has the potential to move families out of poverty and into financial stability.
“The addition of these two positions will add new energy and support to our dual mission of eliminating racism and empowering women,” said LaVanda Brown, executive director of YWCA Greater Charleston. “It has been exciting working with Tina and Djuanna—they’ve really jumped in with both feet, helping to coordinate our Racial Equity Institute workshops, our annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, and our Y Girls Code technology clubs economically empowering girls of color.”
Brockington is hard at work soliciting community input on the organization’s longstanding Career Success Series for women, Brown added. “And as we approach our second annual What Women Bring lunch in May, celebrating women across South Carolina in business, culture, and community, she and Tina will play even greater roles.”