Globally Grounded

In the coming months, the Council will host Globally Grounded, a recurring self-identifying BIPOC only (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) exclusive program.

Globally Grounded will serve as an informal, conversational, safe, and welcoming space for self-identifying BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community members to gather around global issues. As a group we will discuss the BIPOC experience in a global context and explore themes that are important and relevant to BIPOC communities.  Globally Grounded will also feature an opportunity to center mindfulness by allowing us to come together in a way that is nourishing and insightful within the context of all that’s happening in the world.


We know that BIPOC community members often feel conversations about the world do not include their experiences or are about them without them. Globally Grounded will serve, as a BIPOC only space, to change the way we talk about the world.


Upcoming Dates


– Wednesday, May 11, 2022 6:00PM–7:30PM EDT with Michelle King

– June, Date TBD 6:00PM–7:30PM EDT with Keshira haLev Fife


Details about each of our speakers can be found by scrolling to the bottom of this page.



Our Speakers


Kohenet Keshira haLev Fife (she/they) sprinkles sparkles, disrupts expectations, and offers blessings wherever she goes. She serves as Oreget Kehilah (Executive Director) of the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute, Founding Kohenet of Kesher Pittsburgh, and Program Director of the ALEPH Kesher Fellowship. She also enjoys working with Keshet and Beloved Builders, and serving on the board of Kavod v’Nichum. Additionally, she delights in serving as a shlichat tzibbur, life spiral ceremony/ritual creatrix, teacher, facilitator, liturgist and songstress. Her work in these realms is informed by her lived experience as a queer, bi-racial, Jewish person, her belief that Book, Body and Earth are equal sources of wisdom, and the quandries she encounters as a scholar of the Orphan Wisdom School. Keshira received Kohenet smicha in 2017 and earned her BS 2000 and MS 2001 at Carnegie Mellon University. After many years of traveling and living in Australia, she and her beloved once again make their home on Osage and Haudenosaunee land, also called Pittsburgh, PA.



Michelle King is a learner first and foremost and as well as an instigator of learning. Professionally, she is a middle school teacher and has taught over 22 years in public schools in Southwestern Pennsylvania. She learned and honed her craft in Mt. Lebanon with a fantastic crew of educators and students for over 16 years. In her quest to instigate courageous conversations about learning and children, she ventured to The Environmental Charter School and their principles (Catalyst. Character. Collaboration. Commitment.) She co-taught Cultural Literacy, an integrated social sciences and English/Language Arts course. Currently, she is seeking to create dynamic learning experiences and opportunities that inspire wonder, discovery, contradictions, frustrations, and joy. In making connections locally and globally, Michelle pushes the envelope and boundaries of where learning should occur for all students. Her current interests are in game based learning, design, restorative justice, equity, social justice, the environment and teacher empowerment. Through her partnerships with the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, Center for Urban Education, UrbanKind Institute, South Fayette SD, Theater of the Oppressed Pittsburgh, Green Building Alliance, SocialVR, Carnegie Science Center FAB Lab, Girl Up, CREATE Lab, Carnegie Museum of Art, the Remake Learning ecosystem, ThinkZone Games and other provocateurs; Michelle is helping to co-create equitable, empathetic, learning experiences for all Pittburghers.