What We Do

Through research, education, and direct service, we facilitate the development of specific skills and techniques to increase and sustain resilience. We support those engaged in the work of social justice and service to humanity- especially those affected by multiple and intersecting forms of oppression.

“Our shared work through the Braxton Institute celebrates the importance of human life as sacred. Some of the ways we do this work of recovery and sustainability are through narrative medicine, prayer, mindfulness meditation and spiritual life writing.”
— "Writing the Sacred Self," by Rev. Dr. Joanne Braxton

Our strengths-based approach:

Sustaining health and wholeness among those who serve others- mind, body and spirit.

  • Uproot and heal cycles of violence through research, education, community-based public health interventions, and collaborative nonviolent advocacy.                                      
  • Transform existing places of distress into liberating spaces of possibility.                                    
  • Share social justice knowledge and best-practices among and between multiple generations of helpers and healers.                      
  • Clarify how perceptions of race, ethnicity, poverty, sexuality, gender identification, and other stigmatizing characteristics trigger habits of marginalization which damage physical health and constrain equity.
  • Prioritize the contributions of multicultural women and people of color in pursuit of justice and healing for marginalized communities and, therefore, justice and healing for all.                                                
  • Cultivate ecumenical, nonsectarian, inter-religious, multi-faith, humanist, multicultural, and multiracial communities and leadership capacities.                                    
  • Redirect systems of personal and structural violence toward transformative cultures of care and justice.                                   
  • Restore the voices of those who have been silenced through fear, distorted histories, and wrongful uses of power. 


Dr. Nigel Hatton, Board Member of the Braxton Institute.