Kristen Whitney-Daniels – Maria Elena Perales
This session will discuss how you can effectively use communications to share your Charism and stories to amplify your justice work across different mediums. The presenters will discuss bridging the gap between communicators and justice coordinators, using their real-life experience collaborating on justice issues and will emphasize practical applications.
Kristen Whitney-Daniels is the associate director of the U.S. Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, where she focuses on communications and justice. Prior to working at the Federation, she was an intern for the National Catholic Reporter, where she cultivated her award-winning reporting on the death penalty. Kristen is also a fierce healthcare advocate and chapter leader for Connecticut #insulin4all, a group that advocates for affordable and equitable access to insulin and healthcare. Her testimonies have been featured at the Connecticut capitol and the U.S. Senate floor. In 2020, she attended the Presidential State of the Union as a guest of U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro. She has been featured in and/or written for: BBC, Berlingske, CBS Evening News, Global Sisters Report, Financial Times, NPR, U.S. Catholic Magazine, and more. Kristen is a proud graduate of Quinnipiac University and member of the St. Joseph Worker community.
Maria Elena Perales is the director of the St. Joseph Justice Center of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. In her position, she leads local and national advocacy and awareness efforts to address social justice issues of our time. She strives to represent the sisters in their quest to engage and partner with other congregations, nonprofit organizations, interfaith leaders and community advocates to bring about systemic change and create opportunities for dialogue. She takes advantage of her participation in working groups, advocacy groups, committees and boards to learn and collaborate while creating opportunities for awareness, action and service. She has been working in the field of social justice for over 25 years. As an immigrant from Mexico, she can relate to the hardship and anguish immigrants face today from the anti-immigrant political climate to the inequalities the COVID-19 pandemic has surfaced. She is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles and a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange Family of Joseph.