Sean E. Coleman is the founder and Executive Director at Destination Tomorrow where he oversees the organization’s LGBTQ Community Center located in the South Bronx. Economic Empowerment is the cornerstone of services at DT, offering clients skill building programs and services that provide academic enrichment as well as professional development.
Sean is the managing partner of Sean Ebony Coleman Consulting, a consulting firm that specializes in working to increase Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement strategies for LGBTQ communities and consults for the Transgender Strategy Center, a collaboration of transgender led consultants.
He is the first African American of Transgender Experience to operate an LGBT Center in New York City history and plays a key role in advocating for policies that directly impact the lives of millions of LGBTQ New Yorkers. Additionally, Sean manages Gilead’s TRANScend Community Impact Fund. This million-dollar fund supports Trans-led organizations working to improve the safety, health and wellness of the Transgender community.
Sean is part of Gilead’s National Transgender Advisory Group and Bronx Community Board 1 and is an active member of the House and Ballroom scene, providing resources to those calling the ballroom scene home.
In addition, Sean has been recognized in the City and State 2019 Bronx Power 100 List, and Metro Sources’ LGBTQ People we Love. Mr. Coleman has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes and the Advocate.
Mimi Shelton, M.S.Ed is a black trans woman educator and Director of Trans Initiatives. She has lived in New York City for the past four years and is originally from Louisa County, Virginia. Prior to her position at DT, Mimi taught middle school English in private schools in NYC and Philadelphia.
Mimi received her bachelor's degree in English and African American studies from The College of William and Mary and her Master's of Science in Education (M.S.Ed) from the University of Pennsylvania. Her pedagogy, research, and facilitation emphasize diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging for underrepresented students and faculty, especially BIPOC TGNCGNB, at all levels of education and human services.
Her publications include a blog post for GLSEN entitled “4 Ways You Can Support Black, Queer, Trans & GNC Educators Today” (2019) and a written contribution within Charity-Hudley, Dickter, and Franz’s (2017) The Indispensable Guide to Undergraduate Research: Success in and Beyond College. In 2020, Mimi was a featured talent in the Dove Pride 2020 Campaign, “Nothing More Beautiful,” directed by Tourmaline.
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