Meet Our Interventionists

Nicole Richardson

I am a Senior Psychology major at IUSB with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, I will be going on to continue my graduate studies at IUSB in Mental Health and Counseling.

I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Bryant and SOCACT for almost a couple of years now, with projects such as the Lightbringer.

My core focus for doing this work, is on how to improve communities through mental health and social action, because it is important to recognize ALL factors that influence and ultimately affect individuals. 

Kirsi Schultz

My name is Kirsi Shultz and I am a student in the masters of Counseling and Human Services program at Indiana University South Bend.

I am also a mother who strives to raise her children to be respectful and accepting of others, despite any differences we may have.

I first encountered SOCACT through the Light Bringer project during my undergrad career and have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to become Dr. Bryant’s research assistant. The work that SOCACT is doing aligns with my goals for both personal and professional growth by pushing me to question my own thought processes towards topics that are difficult to talk about, as well as further examining the root of where they have come from. I am so thankful to be here and to learn and grow with this research team!”

Allyssa Kempf

My name is Allyssa Kempf and I am a senior at IUSB. My major is sociology with a minor in women’s and gender studies.

My passion for being a human rights advocate truly began when I took my first sociology course in high school. During this time, I had realized how blind I had been to so many social injustices in our world and wanted to make a change. 

I wanted to be a part of the Social Action Project because I am passionate about human rights and want to continue learning about others’ cultures, histories, and environments. I feel that joining the SOCACT team has encouraged me to view things from different perspectives, further educate me about important social justice topics, and push me to continue being the best human rights advocate that I can be.


Dé Bryant, Ph.D.

Research objectives are “to develop and replicate      arts-based, trauma-informed responses to reduce and prevent psychological burnout among social justice activists, advocates, and organizers for racial justice;     to establish university-community partnerships promoting empowerment and capacity building; and to establish an international coalition to address racial terrorism and gender exploitation.” Other interests: international service-learning, qualitative research methodologies, interfaith initiatives in social justice.

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