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Who we are


The Survivor Leadership Collective (SLC) is a group of survivors working individually and collectively to bring healing into the community around issues of sexual and domestic violence. The SLC promotes transformation through education, advocacy, skill development, and leadership opportunities.

Hosted by the Center for Violence Prevention and Recovery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

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Cynda is the founder of S.H.E. (Sisterhood Healing Empowerment), a nonprofit started in 2016 dedicated to the holistic healing of Womyn of color throughout Boston's inner city neighborhoods. 


Cynda has led several healing retreats and workshops through out Boston and has a passion for working with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. As a survivor of both domestic violence and rape, she has dedicated her life to helping others heal and to spread knowledge of the holistic healing modalities that have helped her through her healing journey thus far.

Cynda is an advocate for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Cynda is a certified Warrior Goddess Facilitator, reiki master, women's empowerment coach, mindfulness coach, certified lactation consultant, certified yoga instructor and creative healing arts specialist. 

Cynda speaks both English and Spanish and is working on becoming fluent in ASL. She is a Boston native, mother of four, and enjoys yoga, meditating, reading, painting, full moon ceremonies, traveling, sculpting, bellydancing, writing, firewalks, hiking and connecting to all of mother nature. 



     Becca is an educator and artist with a passion for creating interactive community art projects. She has found expressive arts to be a powerful tool in healing deep wounds in people of all ages. Although Becca has always loved exploring all modalities of the arts, it wasn't until she was healing from her past that she realized that art can transform experiences of trauma and pain.

     Becca recently completed a Master's in Social Work to continue helping others discover healing through expressive arts. She is passionate about building communities with safe spaces for creative expression for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. 

She enjoys playing with multi-media collages, text based art, watercolors, crayons, poetry, and occasionally dabbles with graphic design. Becca also enjoys yoga, running, rock climbing, reading, writing, and making smoothies. 



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Beth is an educator, writer, artist and advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She has led numerous workshops for survivors, and works on raising awareness for trauma informed care.


Beth enjoys gardening, photography, reading, nature, star-gazing, traveling, meditation, yoga and being a mum.




Lauren has a degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and has become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She uses her degree to help children and young adults who have wide variety of behavior issues due to trauma or who have Autism.  

During her own healing Lauren discovered a love for yoga.  For this reason, she is training to be a Registered Children’s Yoga Instructor.  She hopes to continue her practice and to bring yoga to the individuals with which she works.  In addition, Lauren enjoys creating mixed media art including cards that she makes and sells.  She also enjoys spending time with her nieces as well as being outside and traveling.  The furthest place she has been is Australia, which was a lifelong goal.   

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