By Twanda Prioleau and Caroline Triscik

Twanda Prioleau: Self-Care and Justice Work

“We all are hearing the words, ‘I can’t breathe’ across our nation, but it’s important that we step back and take the time to breathe so that we are there to stand up for those who have lost their breath.” 

— Twanda Prioleau

Listen in on our interview with Rev. Twanda Prioleau, pastor and teacher in Baltimore, Maryland, as we discuss habits of caring for one's own soul through the hard work of fighting injustice.

I met Rev. Twanda Prioleau this past winter in our clinical mental health graduate program and so appreciated hearing her thoughts on personal self-care practices in the midst of all of the various roles we often hold as women. As we are all navigating the current crisis of the pandemic and heightened tension around race and justice issues, I reached out to Twanda to see if she would offer her voice to our community, especially regarding self-care and justice work for professional women and women in higher education. In our conversation Twanda graciously brings a wealth of wisdom and pastoral care, helping us consider how we can own our story and find healing in that process.

—  Caroline Triscik

You can listen on iTunes or at All Shall Be Well: Conversations with Women in the Academy and Beyond. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.

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Photo by Matt Bango from StockSnap.

About the Author

Rev. Twanda Prioleau a native of Baltimore, Maryland, is a Wife, Mother, Pastor, Teacher, and Preacher. She is a graduate of Morgan State University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting in December 2003. She matriculated through Lancaster Bible College seeking a Master’s Degree in Leadership studies until transferring in her last year to Lancaster Theological Seminary where she received a Masters of Divinity degree in May 2010. 

Caroline served with InterVarsity since 2002 as a campus staff member in northwest Indiana and most recently in central Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Purdue University in 2002 and holds a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Messiah College. Caroline, her husband, and their three children live in “the sweetest place on earth,” otherwise known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read, discover new music, and attempt to train her exuberant Labrador retriever, Pax. Caroline is a clinical mental health counselor and a former associate with Women in the Academy and Professions.

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