An advocate, prevention strategist, scholar-practitioner, and influencer, Wanda Swan is a nationally-awarded thought leader in survivor advocacy, anti-oppression work, restorative justice, and violence prevention who prioritizes Black people for a living.
She has been deeply embedded within the anti-violence movement as a professional practitioner for over 15 years and her work has spanned across higher education, corporate and state governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations. As both a curator and co-conspirator of systems and research that informs her field of practice, Wanda currently holds co-founder and leadership roles in professional organizations like Campus Advocacy and Prevention Professionals Association (CAPPA) and The Sexual and Relationship Violence Prevention Education and Response Knowledge Community (NASPA). She is also a national technical assistance provider and consultant who has trained advocates on the benefits of adopting an anti-oppressive trauma-informed advocacy framework to better support historically-marginalized survivors of violence.
Wanda currently serves as Founder and Executive Director of The Swan Center for Advocacy & Research, a Georgia-based 501(c)(3) that prioritizes Black and/or African-American survivors of violence. She is also an anti-oppression coach and supports nonprofit organizations, corporations, and executive leaders who are interested in interrogating their personal and professional relationships with anti-Blackness and white supremacy.
Swan Center's Practice
Wanda has dedicated the past seven years of her life to the research development of the Anti-Oppressive Advocacy Framework, an anti-racism curriculum that centers the influence of Black Feminist Abolitionism and the expertise of the Black founders of the anti-violence field to engage white-identifying and white-assimilating anti-violence professionals in interrogating their personal and professional relationships with anti-Blackness for improved service provision with Black survivors. She has engaged a number of higher education institutions and professional associations as well as supported nonprofit leaders and city governments First Response personnel in assessing and revamping their systems for the eradication of anti-Blackness. Lastly, Wanda has adapted her curriculum to support Executive leaders through 1:1 Anti-Oppression Coaching and is currently developing a book of essays to detail her journey through this work.
Mission: To validate narratives, orchestrate holistic healing, and reduce violence within Black communities.