Meet the Staff
In our trainings one of our introductory activities is called “Who are my People,” this activity teaches us how to introduce ourselves in a different, non-dominant culture way. It focuses on getting to know the people around you at a deeper level. On this page we model how to do this.
My people are those who don’t quite feel like they belong here or there. They are the first born generations. Individuals who constantly find themselves with one foot in two different worlds, and yet occupy the same place. People who speak a new language with an overlooked accent that overlooks the palate. My people are those that defy the old binary norms that tradition has offered and trade them for a more colorful spectrum. People who continuously struggle every day to liberate themselves from the abrasive labels that stick to our skin. My people are those people who despite feeling like the end has arrived… get up, and endure the tumultuous mental storms that flare up unexpectedly. My people are those raising the future generations of tomorrow. Those individuals who either thru biology or not, have chosen a noble path that can be filled with obstacles, challenges and wonderful learning opportunities. My people are my fellow earth mates, individuals doing the best they can with what they have. These are my people, and I hope to continue being of service while lending my support to each of them.
My name is Jaylyn Suppah, My People are the “River people”; my family comes from the Columbia River on my Father’s side and on my mother’s side my family comes from Fort Hall, Idaho. My people are first generation college students. My people are social justice advocates who have hope for change, equality and empowering all people. Lastly, my people are people who work with youth to guide, empower and teach our future leaders, advocates, teachers, police officers, mothers, fathers and everything between about the possibilities and that they can make a difference.
My people are the people that care about our community’s health. I have a long history and passion in physical activity and health from owning and operating my own aerobics business, personal training in an athletic cl to working as a wellness coordinator on the Warm Springs reservation and in Jefferson County. I believe everyone should be given equitable opportunity to be healthy regardless of their race, gender or socio-economic status. My position with the LTDC allows me the venue to work toward that belief.
My people are undocumented immigrants. As a child my parents decided they wanted to come to the United States to make a better life for us; since they were both very young and did not have enough money we came into the United States undocumented. My father worked for years to get us our residency cards, the process began when I was 8 and at the age of 16 I got my permanent residency card. At the age of 18 I became a US citizen. My people are people who have big families. I come from a big family; I have 3 sisters and 1 brother. We have a very close relationship and our family gatherings are always so much fun because of this. I have 3 sons and 2 daughters so my husband and I have continued the tradition of having a large family. My people are people who are passionate about social justice and making a positive change and impact in this world to create a better future for our future generations. My goal working in this field is to be able to live in a world where my children find equity in all aspects of their life.
My people are first generation college students who choose to pursue their dreams through education. My people are strong women who find a way to balance work, family, life, and self-care so that they can model happiness and contentment for their children. My people are caregivers for family members and friends who are going through cancer-related treatment (my Mom had CML-Leukemia and I had the blessing of spending 3-months at Duke University hospital with her while she underwent a bone marrow transplant). My people are advocates for equity who use their voice to try to change institutional and societal rules that keep people from reaching their full potential.
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