We had the good fortune of connecting with Mx. Klaudia Neufeld and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mx. Klaudia, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“The next right move”. This lived mantra ensures I am fully present with the individual or task directly in front of me. It eliminates the ego of the past or fear for the future. Making the next right move is a huge paradigm shift that impacts my personal and professional life; I believe the individuals I love and serve are forwarded by this mindset.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I launched Confluence Consulting Collaborative, LLC, with the intent of impacting both educational and corporate settings with high level equity audits, needs assessments, literature reviews, and hands on consulting and coaching. As we grow, more contractors are joining to offer their specific skill sets, with the goal of inclusion and liberation of LGBTQIA individuals within schools and the workforce. One of the projects I am most proud of is the work I did with the Education Commission to the States (ECS), a bipartisan organization that informs legislative processes and bills. I created for them a literature review that informed one of Polis’ bills this past 2021 legislative session around STEAM education in preschools. What sets Confluence apart from other DEI focused organizations is that we cater to both corporate and educational settings. Confluence has grown and will this summer partner with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) to provide teacher training, as well as a research collaboration with the UCEA Center for Leadership and Law at the University of Arkansas. Confluence is on the cutting edge of trans inclusion and liberation advocacy, and engaged in both policy and practice in support of trans youth. I want people to understand that when one group of individuals is forwarded and liberated, we are all better off. When we can push back against the polarization in our society, we come back to our natural connections that allow strong relationships, safe and caring communities, and individuals who can thrive in their environment.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to take in a show at Red Rocks. It’s one of the greatest outdoor venues in the country. I’m a foodie. I like the food scene in Denver; I’d highly recommend Potager for a quiet, romantic dinner. I’d make sure to hit up Little Man ice cream in the Highlands; they’re the best. Likely, we’d end up at Steuben’s or the Cherry Cricket. Comedy is always a good bet in Denver. At some point, we’ll hit up Rhino for the art. Because I love the whole experience, I’d hope to catch a Rockies game as well. You really can find good people anywhere you look; your attitude is the determining factor, right?
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d be honored to dedicate my shoutout to my dissertation chair, Dr. Lolita Tabron, at the University of Denver. Dr. Tabron holds a special place in my heart and activism, as the first black educator I have been privileged to learn from during my educational journey. She has navigated the racist, oppressive world of academia, and created a seat for herself at “the table”, challenging antiquated notions and blatant discrimination. She uses her critical quant research to advocate for individuals who are marginalized systemically. I would not have the professional connections, academic prowess, or unlearning anti-racist mindset without her influence. Dr. Tabron is certainly a professor and researcher who is leaving her mark on the scholarly world and lives of her students.
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