Tanya grew up surrounded by her Sri-Lankan community in Southern California. It is through her immigrant family upbringing that she learned about collective and inclusive communities.
She took that worldview and professionalized it by becoming a social worker. Tanya now carries individual and community stories and histories to collaborate and allow people to show up as they choose to even in the face of adversity.
Her 20-year career spans oncology social work, private-client grief and trauma counseling, clinical supervisor and director, coaching, corporate training, and over a decade as an adjunct lecturer at the graduate School of Social Work at the University of Washington. Tanya’s teaching is informed by a mindfulness framework, antiracism, and co-liberation. It includes a framework of diversity and inclusion, not limited to, but including discussions on micro-aggressions, power dynamics, and privilege.
Tanya enters every relationship from a perspective of authenticity, compassion, curiosity, and a desire for deep understanding. This engagement role models and supports individuals and groups to consciously reflect on where and they are leading from and why. Allowing teams and individuals to safely develop awareness of places of discomfort or dysregulation opens up the possibilities for sustainable change and meaningful action for diverse teams.