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Barbara J. Love


Dr. Love is a speaker,  consultant, coach and writer on liberatory consciousness, JEDI (justice, equity, diversity and inclusion), and individual and societal transformation. She directs LiberationWorks Consulting.

Love is Professor Emerita of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  She taught graduate classes on foundations of social justice education, design development and facilitation skills, and on self-awareness for social justice educators and liberation workers. Her research and publications address issues of liberation, healing from oppression, and personal and societal transformation from a liberatory perspective. She is recognized globally for her work on organizational and societal transformation and on issues of diversity, inclusion, and liberation.


Dr. Love works with a broad range of organizations throughout the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, and Africa.  Based on assumptions rooted in liberatory consciousness, her focus is on moving individuals and organizations to mindful transformation for equity, fairness and justice.  Her work on Developing A Liberatory Consciousness is  used globally by organizations and  individuals to frame initiatives  for transformation.  She has worked closely with academic institutions, and organizations in the business and public sector in North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Africa on issues of diversity and inclusion.  Her unique set of assumptions about the nature of humans and the process of personal, organizational and social change leave participants feeling empowered, enabled and effectively motivated. 


As the International Liberation Reference Person for Black People in the International Re-Evaluation Counseling Communities (IRCC).  She developed the Black Liberation and Community Development Project (BLCD) as a key forum for examining issues impacting the lives of Black people, as a location for healing the effects of internalized racism, and as an incubator for leadership development among Black People. She currently serves as the director of the BLCD.

She works with and leads workshops for United to End Racism (UER), and Sustaining All Life (SAL) at United Nations COP- Climate Change Conferences. Her work with Sustaining All Life (SAL) led to delegations participating in the UN COP in Paris and Morocco, and the Climate Summit in San Francisco and  New York City. Her work focuses on addressing racism in the climate movement, and creating the conditions to build the broad based coalitions needed to effectively address climate change. She worked with environmental justice advocates and national environmental organizations to create the Equitable and Just National Climate Platform. Dr. Love is a member of the Advisory Board for Citizens Climate Lobby.

Love’s research and writing focuses on personal, organizational and societal transformation and strategies for liberation and appear in a variety of journals and anthologies. 

Current focus:

  • Developing Liberatory Consciousness

  • Facilitating Organizational Conversations about Race, Equity and Social Justice

  • Black Liberation and Community Development

  • Peer Counseling for Oppression Based Trauma Recovery and Healing; Racism and Climate Activism and Healing the Emotional Burdens of Climate Change



Areas of Focus

  • Developing Liberatory Consciousness

  • Facilitating Organizational Conversations about Race, Equity and Social Justice

  • Black Liberation and Community Development

  • Peer Counseling for Oppression-based Trauma Recovery and Healing;

  • Racism and Climate Activism




  • To create the conditions that foster personal, organizational and societal transformation.


  • To present contexts that enable the identification, examination and transformation of individual and structural impediments to social justice and equity in organizational and community functioning. 


  •  To provide frameworks for examining the intersections between social identity, power and decision making within organizations to increase organizational capacity to harness the synergy of diversity to more effectively accomplish group and organizational goals.


  • Creating, enabling and supporting environments where the trauma of oppression can be faced and healed.

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