Dee Shanti is originally from North Carolina, and has lived in Charleston, SC for over 20 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in special education and a masters degree in social science with a focus on political science and leadership. She is the Managing Director for The Peace Alliance and is also the Program Coordinator at Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc. Dee serves on the Gun Violence Coordinating Council and is herself a survivor of domestic violence and sexual abuse. She works daily on unpacking her own internalized racism which allows her to engage in anti-racist dialogues with an eye toward dismantling white supremacy within our systems. Throughout her journey she has always been dedicated to service, sharing her skills to increase the opportunities for those living on the margins of our society.
She is the proud mother of a grown daughter, who reminds her everyday of what is important in this life. Dee has unlocked her creative side as an artist, poet, and a writer. She is thrilled to announce the publication of her first book, Under the Radar- When Truth Hides in Plain Sight in stores by the end of 2020.