Brie "BC" Colston
Brie "BC" Colston (they/she) is a queer and genderqueer Black fat feminist, social impact strategist, guest lecturer, and community healer hailing from the South Bronx. She primarily serves as a core strategist for the Sunflower Strategists consulting collective, and founder and executive director of Brown Girl Recovery, an organization dedicated to providing holistic healing and community brave spaces for femmes and folks of color in the Bronx and northern Manhattan through social justice programming and events. Colston, affectionately known in the community as “BC,” is a body liberation activist and reiki energy healing level three practitioner, BC connects radical body liberation work to the radical life healing energies and practices of “laying hands” to promote healing and recovery from historical trauma. She serves as a racial justice, gender justice & political education consultant for an array of mid to high-level organizations, colleges, and universities including Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, The Center for Health Equity, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, Columbia University School of Social Work, Bryn Mawr College and the Audre Lorde Project.
Colston attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin as a Posse Foundation scholar, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Gender Studies and History. A proud alum of the Young People For Social Justice Fellowship, Colston received the 2019 YP4 Innovation Award for her activist work with Brown Girl Recovery and continues to support the program through her position as board chair of the alumni council. A recent Lawrence University Alumni Association 2020 George B. Walter ’36 Service to Society Award recipient, BC exemplifies what revolutionary service looks like: solutions by and for the Black and Brown community. They are eager to create magic with Black and Brown folks everywhere!
Brown Girl Recovery (BGR) is a Black and queer-led organization founded in 2017 that creates grassroots healing spaces for Black and Brown communitt members living in the Bronx and Northern Manhattan