JaLisa Williams, M.S.W., LCSW

Lecturer | Chair of the Social Welfare Policy and Service Sequence

Office: Lilly Hall
Email: jlwilliams@smith.edu
Pronouns: she/her

JaLisa Williams smiles at the camera.

B.S., Metropolitan State University of Denver 
M.S.W., Metropolitan State University of Denver


JaLisa Williams, M.S.W., LCSW, is a fierce therapist, educator and curator who has worked to create intentional spaces and conversations regarding self-care, diversity and liberation. Within both roles as an educator and therapist, Williams enjoys the ability to help others grow within themselves and their understanding of the world. As a college professor, she challenges conventional ways of teaching by engaging students in experiences that shift their perspective and understandings of their own social positioning.

Based in Denver, CO she has worked at MSU Denver, Regis University and University of Denver teaching courses surrounding identity, power, systemic oppression, and creative lens to engage in change. She also has a small business where she teaches mindfulness based intervention in a multitude of settings. Her current research interests lie in transformational justice and social accountability, mindfulness and embodiment, racial trauma and healing and radical pedagogies. She is currently a mindfulness educator and therapist working with Black and other folks of color ready to put intention and action together to make magic.