A first-generation Tongan (Pacific Islander), trauma-informed clinician, social justice worker and political education facilitator, Vileti ‘Akolo dedicates her personal and professional work to upending oppressive systems of power. She is particularly passionate about centering and amplifying the stories and lives of marginalized BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) and creating spaces within these communities for insightful, collective healing. The bedrock of Vileti’s clinical approach to client and group centered work is in critical race and Black feminist theory, and is viewed through an intersectional, anti-racist, anti-capitalist lens. For over a decade, she has developed and facilitated numerous workshops for a multitude of clients and organizations, including topics that range from self & community care, radical self-love & acceptance, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout, to emotional intelligence, healthy boundaries, healthy communication styles, and restorative justice. Vileti grounds her facilitation work in an amalgam of holistic, liberatory and innovative praxis that has illuminated transformative change within her collaborative and clinical work. In order to stay abreast of the latest holistic and radical approaches to the therapeutic relationship, Vileti prioritizes research and attending trainings on cutting edge topics.
Vileti currently supervises an inter-generational, multi-ethnic team of staff who provide struggling New Yorkers across the city with mobile case management support and referrals to social service providers, for the Community Navigator Program at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She combines her multi-disciplinary background with critical therapy’s commitment to liberation, in order to empower, educate and heal individuals through collaborative group interventions.
Vileti has partnered with may organizations including: College of Staten Island School of Social Work, Nyack College, The Arthur Project, Community Connections for Youth (CC-FY), The Credible Messenger Institute. She has presented at Network Days, a conference hosted by The Sanctuary Institute. Vileti received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in political science from University of California, Los Angels (UCLA), and her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City.