ABOUT XHERCIS

Xhercis (pronounced SIR-sis) Méndez is the founder of The University TJ Project, which offers consultation and facilitation services to universities seeking an intersectional and transformative justice approach to relationship violence and campus sexual assault. She is currently a consultant at Michigan State University where she trains teams in assessing university resource gaps and identifying strategic sites of intervention for conflict resolution and healing. In addition to serving as a facilitator when conflict arises among team members, she works to develop best practices for responding to relationship violence and sexual misconduct in various colleges, departments, and units through the development of community values, toolkits, and adaptable accountability models. Her work seeks to expand the healing and accountability options available to and for a diverse range of survivors.

Prior to becoming a consultant at MSU, she was an assistant professor of Philosophy and African American & African Studies where she established the Transformative Justice Speaker Series. The speaker series consisted of talks, workshops, and teach-ins by survivor activists, and transformative justice practitioners and advocates, such as Tarana Burke, Mia Mingus, and Mimi Kim. Each speaker enriched the campus community discussion by introducing core values and key transformative justice concepts, accountability models and methods, and healing practices that were anti-racist and survivor-centered.  

Different from consultants who apply a standard corporate approach to conflict resolution and communication management and do not take into account the particular issues and concerns that arise in institutions of higher learning, she offers a particular expertise in harm reduction strategies that is aware of how universities operate.

She is currently an Assistant Professor in Women & Gender Studies and Queer Studies and an affiliated faculty of African American Studies at California State University Fullerton. She is an organizer, activist, transdisciplinary scholar, and decolonial feminist whose research focuses on developing decolonial feminist practices and methodologies for expanding our liberatory imaginations and building towards transformative justice.