Carolyn Brandy Carolyn Brandy

Adjunct Lecturer
Women's Spirituality
Philosophy and Religion Department
School of Consciousness and Transformation

BA, Holy Names College

Carolyn Brandy is a percussionist, composer, performer, and educator, and Cultural Worker. She started playing the Conga Drums in 1968, and has been a pioneer in opening doors for women in the male-dominated world of percussion. She has worked in the Bay Area for many years with many groups such as RhythMix, Jazz Camp West, The Jazzschool, Oakland Jazz Choir, Oakland Youth Choir, Redwood Cultural Work, Berkeley and Oakland Public Schools, Skin Talk, !Ojalá! and many other groups and artists. She is also an Adjunct professor at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and Sophia University.

Carolyn was the founder of Sistah Boom, a popular community based marching band that has been active since 1981. She was a founding member of the all women jazz quintet Alive! which toured nationally for ten years, and produced three albums, which have been released on a compilation CD, Always Alive! Carolyn released a self-produced CD of her own compositions in 1995, entitled Skin Talk.

Carolyn created Women Drummers International in 1998, which became a non-profit organzation [501(c)3] in 2009. The signature event of WDI is BORN TO DRUM, a women's drum camp which was created to inspire and empower women students, teachers and performers of hand percussion. The camps have been very successful, and have been produced every summer since 2006.

Carolyn has been a drummer and student of Cuban folkloric music for over 40 years. She has been a practitioner of the Yoruba-based Cuban religion, Regla de Ocha, also known as Santeria, since 1977. She was initiated as a priest of the religion in Havana, Cuba by Amelita Pedroso in 2000.

She has led six tours to the Island of Cuba to study Folkloric music and dance. She has organized workshops in Havana, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Camaguey, Santiago De Cuba, Guantanamo, and Baracoa where the groups have studied with masters of Afro-Cuban Folkloric music.

Carolyn has a degree in music from Holy Names University in Oakland.

30-Second Video from Camps and Concerts

This short video was created for PSAs. It shows a lot in 30 seconds! Footage is from drum camps and the Drum Maestra concerts. Carolyn Brandy created the video with footage shot by Annette Acosta and Estee Blancher.

WDI on Bay Sundays - Interview

Carolyn Brandy and Sonya Tafoya visited CBS' San Francisco studio for an interview with Tracy Humphrey on her Bay Sunday show. Here is the video of this interview.

Women's Spirituality Faculty

Alka Arora Alka Arora
Assistant Professor, Women's Spirituality
PhD, University of Washington,
BA, University of Southern California,
Asoka Bandarage Asoka Bandarage
Adjunct Distinguished Professor, Women's Spirituality
PhD, BA, Yale University,
BA, Bryn Mawr College,
Jennifer Berezan Jennifer Berezan
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
MA, Holy Names College,
BA, University of Calgary,
Carolyn Brandy Carolyn Brandy
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
BA, Holy Names College,
Susan Carter Susan Carter
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality & Transformative Inquiry
PhD, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, Lewis and Clark College,
Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum Lucia Chiavola Birnbaum
Professor Emeritus, Women's Spirituality
PhD, MA, BA, University of California, Berkeley,
Carol P. Christ Carol P. Christ
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
Director,
PhD, MA, Yale University,
Lisa Christie Lisa Christie
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MBA, Santa Clara University; BA, Coleman College,
Cheryl Dawson Cheryl Dawson
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
MDiv, Graduate Theological Union,
MA, New College of California; BA, California State University, Hayward,
Vivian Dzyak Vivian Dzyak
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
BA, California State University, Hayward,
Riane Eisler Riane Eisler
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Women's Spirituality Program
Philosophy and Religion Department, School of Consciousness and Transformation
JD, University of California, Los Angeles,
May Elawar May Elawar
Assistant Professor , Transformative Studies
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, American University, Washington DC,
Heide Goettner-Abendroth Heide Goettner-Abendroth
Adjunct Distinguished Professor, Women's Spirituality
PhD, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat of Munich,
Susan Griffin
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
MA, BA, San Francisco State University,
Miri Hunter Haruach Miri Hunter Haruach
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, University of New Mexico; BFA, University of Tampa,
Mara Lynn Keller Mara Lynn Keller
Professor, Women's Spirituality Program
PhD, MPhil, Yale University,
MA, Purdue University; BA, Gettysburg College,
Anne Key Anne Key
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, BA, Stephen F. Austin State University,
Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman Rabbi Jane Rachel Litman
Adjunct Instructor, Women's Spirituality
MAHL, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College,
MA, Hebrew Union College; BA, University of California, Berkeley,
Mary Mackey Mary Mackey
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
Phd, University of Michigan,
BA, Harvard University,
Reanae McNeal Reanae McNeal
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
MA, Texas Woman’s University,
BA, Western Illinois University,
Mytrae Meliana Mytrae Meliana
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
MA, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, MM, Ball State University,
Arisika Razak Arisika Razak
Professor Emeritus, Women's Spirituality
MPH, University of California, Berkeley,
Sara Salazar Sara Salazar
Lecturer,
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
Brenda Salgado Brenda Salgado
MS, University of California, Davis,
BA, San Francisco State University,
Charlene Spretnak Charlene Spretnak
Professor Emeritus, Women's Spirituality
Starhawk Starhawk
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
MA, Antioch West,
BA, UCLA,
Elizabeth Ursic Elizabeth Ursic
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, Arizona State University; MDiv, Yale University,
BA/MA, BA/BS, University of Pennsylvania,
Karen Nelson Villanueva Karen Nelson Villanueva
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,
MA, George Washington University; MA, Holy Names University,
Afia Walking Tree Afia Walking Tree
Adjunct Lecturer, Women's Spirituality
M.Ed, Bank Street College of Education,
Sara Webb Sara Webb
Adjunct Professor, Women's Spirituality
BA, University of California, Berkeley,
Annette Williams Annette Williams
Program Chair and Assistant Professor, Women's Spirituality
PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies,

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