2010- Commencement Speaker, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work
2007- NC American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Award for Advocacy, NC ACLU
2006- Commencement Speaker, NC State University School of Social Work
2005- Goodmon Fellow, Leadership Triangle Institute
2005- Young Adult Leadership Award (YALA) Finalist, The Women’s Forum of North Carolina
2004- The Independent Citizen’s Award The Independent Weekly,
2004- NCLR Affiliate Award for Advocacy, National Council of La Raza
Alba Onofrio Class of '08, Alice Tejada Class of '01, Althea Gonzalez Class of '11, Andrea Bazan Class of '97, Angeles Ortega Moore Class of '03, Anita Brown-Graham Class of '97, aura camacho-maas, Calvin Allen Class of '03, Charmaine Fuller Cooper Class of '08, Craig White Class of '06, David Neal Class of '11, Deborah Ko Ross Class of '95, Dr.Taffye Benson Clayton Class of '97, Gita Gulati-Partee Class of '01, Graig Meyer Class of '03, Ilana Dubester Class of '01, Keith Sutton Class of '97, Lanya Shapiro Class of '03, Louisa Bin Warren Class of '08, Lynette Aytch Class of '08, Mary Fant Donnan Class of '99, Melinda Wiggins Class of '99, Milan Pham Class of '08, Omisade Burney-Scott Class of '99, Peter Skillern Class of '97, Sharon Elliott-Bynum Class of '11, Sterling Freeman Class of '01, Violeta Moser Class of '01, Zulayka Santiago Class of '06
MSW Management and Community Practice Nonprofit Leadership Certificate University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003
BS Psychology Loyola University of Chicago, 1998
Center for Participatory Change (CPC) Nuestro Centro, Asheville, NC Compañeros Inmigrantes de las Montañas en Acción (CIMA)
Marisol Jimenez McGee is originally from Chicago where she learned how to celebrate the Mexican, Irish and Puerto Rican cultures that so influenced her life while also struggling to navigate the strong racial divisions and inequities that demarcated the city. In trying to heal the ways she had internalized these divisions, Marisol found a community of activists, advocates and allies working for social justice and racial equity that welcomed her and all her intersecting identities. Within this collective, the work became and continues to be as much about personal healing as solidarity in our intersecting struggles. Marisol believes that transformative practice comes through constant self-examination, compassionate conflict, and visionary action by both individuals and communities.
Marisol earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She served as the Advocacy Director for El Pueblo, a NC statewide advocacy organization that worked on public policy issues at the local, state, and national levels. She was a steering committee member of the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform National Strategy Council (2007); and led statewide efforts to organize mass demonstrations for immigrant justice in 2006 and 2007. Through this work, it became clear that dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression were often replicated within social justice movements and contributed to her own professional advancement. Marisol made a decision to lean into a growing analysis of her own privilege and shift her position within social justice efforts towards organizational development and leadership development.
Marisol served as the Racial Equity Training Director for OpenSource Leadership Strategies, Inc. a national consulting firm committed to amplifying the work of social justice organizations for several years. In 2015, she transitioned into a contract role with the organization in order to invest deeply in manifesting her dream of a retreat and healing space for families, activists, artists, and healers of color in the mountains of North Carolina. She continues to collaborate with OpenSource through her presentations, trainings, and workshop facilitation. Marisol has worked with leaders in the areas of education, immigrant justice, workers rights, youth leadership development, health, and the environment. Through her own consulting firm, Tepeyac Consulting, Marisol has been able to work on a number of exciting projects, including: co-coordinating a racial equity circle in Western North Carolina with the Center for Participatory Change; partnering with the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to strengthen the statewide infrastructure of the NC Latino immigrant justice movement; and offering racial equity trainings and coaching with community leaders and organizations across the country.
Marisol lives in a house full of noise, laughter, and love with her son, Roan, and their menagerie of pets in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.