Alum of Expressive Arts Therapy
Beja Alisheva, MFTI (previously called Becki Tinsley) is a queer-identified visual artist, writer, yoga teacher and community organizer, currently working as an intensive case manager in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. She graduated from the EXA program in 2008. Since then, she has been primarily working as a case manager and therapist focusing on crisis intervention and community mental health. She blogs and leads dialogues with the White Noise Collective, a collective of folks dedicated to racial justice and exploring the intersection of white privilege and gender oppression. She organizes with HAVOQ (Horizontal Alliance of Very Organized Queers), a queer organization fighting for social and economic justice for all. Her work with HAVOQ includes doing legal support for imprisoned queer and trans folk with TGI Justice Project, recently starting a monthly prisoner penpal night, and supporting the Migrant Justice and Wells Fargo Divestment campaigns. She is also a member of the Bay Area Childcare Collective, which provides free childcare for grassroots organizations comprised of low/no income immigrant m/others and m/others of color. She has also been accepted to become a blogger for a soon-to-be-published website on anti-racism and mental health and is excited to explore and expand writing between her work and her activism. Her interests include decolonization, solidarity with Indigenous peoples, divestment from big banks, prison abolition and queer two-step. She rides a bike, grows food and dreams of starting a radical think tank.