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Yvonnie DuBose

Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Educator, Coach & Circle Keeper ,

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Location: Chicago, IL
Start Year: 2022
TRHT Pillar: Racial Healing and Relationship Building


Yvonnie DuBose is a JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion) educator, coach and circle keeper, and just as importantly, mom to three free, Black children. Having earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master’s in Nonprofit Management, Yvonnie worked for 15 years in corporate accounting and international marketing management. She left this arena after recognizing that she spent too much time defending her Blackness. She went on to independently coach and consult small nonprofits for 10 years. Meanwhile, she found great joy working for 30+ years in the healing arts and 12+ years in youth education, where she fine-tuned her skill and ease in communicating with and training audiences of all ages. Today, she uses her intuition, knowledge, and people skills to create spaces for difficult conversations, lessons, and efforts at inspiring and attaining a vision of equity for communities and organizations worldwide.

Yvonnie studied with knowledgeable instructors and coaches, such as Dr. Gail Christopher, Dr. Joy DeGruy, Monica Haslip, Yakini Ajanaku, Imani Barberousse, The People’s Institute of Survival & Beyond, and University of Illinois’ James D. Anderson. As a JEDI Educator, Coach, & Circle Keeper, she sub-contracts with The Evanston YWCA’s Equity Institute, National Collaborative for Health Equity, and other clients. For TRHT Chicago, she serves as a Trainer & Community Builder. As co-founder of New Roots, she develops workshops and curricula, and coaches organizations in developing their own de-colonized curricula and inclusive strategic plans.

Future Focus

Yvonnie is a community builder for TRHT Chicago’s practitioners. Within this community she utilizes her skills to create a space for gathering; create and share a vision of unity;; and empower practitioners to support one another in their efforts and lead within the community. She co-facilitates trainings and self-care sessions to provide varying methods of self-care and personal healing. It is an opportunity for practitioners to communicate, brainstorm, rant, and share the stories of how the work affects them and the changes they are experiencing in life. She is quite proud of the community they are building.

Additionally, Yvonne is in communications with key players as to how her services will be best assigned in working with communities that are evaluating and negotiating reparations from their local governments and organizations.

Post-Institute: Transformative Action Plans

With a holistic healing approach, Yvonnie dedicates her efforts to uplifting women and addressing intergenerational trauma within a safe space. Her initiative encompasses diverse forms of connection, including podcasts, racial healing circles, webinars, and collaborative visioning spaces. Through these platforms, she aims to create a resource hub, elevate the work of others, facilitate story sharing, and offer a variety of perspectives. The overarching goal is to impart holistic concepts in healing and liberation, inviting the BIPOC community to join in-person conversations. This initiative emphasizes recognizing and honoring stories and experiences globally, marking the commencement of a healing process.

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