Whitney McWilliams is a born and bred Alabama girl. She started her passion for community while in school at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Her passion then traveled up the east coast to Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia where she completed a B.A. in Gender & Women’s Studies.
While in college, Whitney focused on best practices in birth for marginalized bodies and began studying reproductive justice histories in an attempt to recenter medical norms. On campus, Whitney and a group of students sparked the Heritage Committee to expand the conversations of which histories were valued at her predominantly white, private institution. During Whitney’s time on the committee she focused on unearthing the stories of the slaves and their families that helped build, sustain and continue to serve the faculty and students. As a student success leader at Hollins University, Whitney found a love for creating curriculum, tailoring learning spaces to fit the needs of students and facilitating conversations around creating community and feminist theory. Her favorite intellectual genealogy of writers include bell hooks, Gloria Anzaldúa, Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown, Brittney Cooper, June Jordan, Jamaica Kincaid and Sun Ra to name a few. Whitney is also a birth doula and Founder of Collective Childbirth, a coalition of holistic and culturally competent birth advocates.
In her spare time, Whitney is practicing mindfulness, reading queer femme political literature and exploring NYC. Being at Day One is significant for Whitney as she believes that the spaces Day One creates foster a sense of progress towards a transformed and decolonized social climate.