Cherie Bridges Patrick, MSSW, LISW-S, is the founder and administrator of Paradox Cross-Cultural Consulting, Training and Empowerment, LLC (Paradox). True to its name, Paradox seeks to “make the familiar strange” by changing what we know and the ways we talk about race and racism through social change coaching, consulting and workshops. Ms. Patrick is an adjunct professor for the Simmons College School of Social Work online MSW program where she teaches The Dynamics of Racism and Oppression. Cherie is also a contract facilitator for the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program and facilitates full-day, continuing education trainings on racial inequity and working with refugees for social workers, clinicians, teachers, and administrators. Cherie is a member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Westerville where she has facilitated Lenten reading groups around race-related issues and advises on their refugee engagement and support work. Additionally, she is a co-convener of The Becoming Beloved Community Task Force in the Diocese of Southern Ohio of The Episcopal Church, brought together to help congregations develop ways to heal from racial injustice and grow as a community of reconcilers.
Cherie received a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, a Bachelor of Social Work from Capital University, and holds an Associate of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Franklin University. In July 2018 she completed her third year in the PhD program at Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change where her academic focus is around the ways racism and resistance are (re)produced and maintained in everyday conversations. Cherie will receive her PhD in 2019.