Change Team

GTIP took to heart Ijeoma Oluo’s directive, “White People: I Don’t Want You To Understand Me Better, I Want You to Understand Yourselves,” and we’ve made an unwavering commitment to do so. We are engaging in work to examine our biases and create an inclusive environment. An essential component to the process was the development of a Change Team, an idea approved by the board in November 2019. A selection committee chose twelve members from various social locations and every level of the organization.

The team first met in June of 2020 with the primary goal of providing leadership to GTIP around racial equity, culture change and organizational development. Another area of focus includes gender equity, with the understanding we will also be exploring other privileged and marginalized identities. We are aware GTIP is in the very early stages of a 7-10 year process, and we want to be intentional and cautious about fully attending to each of these identities. Our goal is to support all of our growing edges and serve as a beacon of light that guides all of us as we move through this process. 


The Change Team’s purpose has four components. These may evolve over time:

  1. To explicitly identify barriers in the current structure of GTIP that interfere with implementing an equitable mission affirming of and centering on diverse and marginalized communities;
  2. To recommend strategies that address these barriers, including leadership trainings, curriculum and scholarship development, affinity group work, etc., and a timeline for implementation; 
  3. To work in partnership with the leadership and board of directors to implement these recommendations; and
  4. To develop a transparent and known process of how to address and repair the harm that arises from inequitable practices or microaggressions. 

Our Change Team

Gina Carfagno, LSW
Third-Year Trainee

Laura Jackson
GTIP Graduate

Kelly Kampf, LCSW
GTIP Executive Director, Adjunct Faculty, GTIP Graduate

Valerie Kellom, LCSW
GTIP Board, Faculty

El Schoepf, MSS
Third-Year Trainee 

Robyn Smith, LCSW
GTIP Supervisor, GTIP Graduate

Joanna Vanore, LCSW
GTIP Supervisor, GTIP Graduate