I’ve been working with individuals, couples, groups, and organizations to reach their potential for over a decade. Traditionally in higher education institutions, my work focused on training and development, communication, diversity education, relationship dynamics, and leadership. My professional development and training certifications have allowed me to cultivate a certain set of skills to share knowledge, build awareness, and assist others in reaching their full potential.
Note: While I have much experience, I am neither a lawyer or counselor. I'm happy to connect you to both/either if the need should arise.
I've worked with outdoor outfitters, health department, library systems, and educational organizations to infuse inclusion and respect into work environments; I've taught leadership and diversity courses for twelve years; I've facilitated workshops from hour-long sessions to multi-day retreats. I took up consulting and coaching as a way to infuse awareness and skills of communication, identities, personality inventories, and reflection into relationships.
I currently work at Colorado State University in Training & Development; I also teach in multiple leadership and diversity courses. I found home in the Grand Canyon working as a guide for Arizona Raft Adventures (AzRA). I love my dog, Stellaluna and adventuring with my girlfriend in Colorado.
MJ Jorgensen, (they, them, theirs) is the Strategy and Implementation Coordinator on the Community Impact Team for the Health District of Northern Larimer County. In this work they apply community organizing, program planning and change management strategies to make organizational and programmatic improvements in mental health and substance use services and systems. MJ was selected to participate in the three-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Leaders program, which focuses on advancing a culture of health through diversity, equity, and inclusion. MJ has their Masters in Public Health, is a Certified Health Education Specialist and has also completed the National Diversity Council’s Certified Diversity Professional Certification Program.
MJ's past and current work has been focused around using community collaboration and harm reduction strategies to improve mental health and substance use treatment access, quality and equity for marginalized individuals and communities including: people with substance use disorders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, people who are criminal justice-involved, people of color and people experiencing or at risk of homelessness. MJ also works to improve internal organizational equity, diversity and inclusion strategic initiatives, training and planning. Prior to working with the Health District, MJ worked at the Northern Colorado Health Network in their HIV Prevention Services Programs, specifically in syringe access programming, overdose prevention & naloxone distribution, LGBTQIA+ diversity work and sexual health programming. It was while doing this work, in addition to personal experience with mental health and substance use services that, they found their passion for changing systems in a way that reduces harm and improves health outcomes for the individuals involved in them.