Director of Programming and TrainingCompany: Peace Corps Vanuatu
Role: Webinar Presenter
Background: D’Lynn found her passion for exploring and understanding difference and intersectionality at an early age, making a commitment to promoting love-filled-inclusion for all. After matriculating through the independent school system in New England, D’Lynn left Boston to attend Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, where she majored in Comparative Women and Gender Studies with a media and film concentration. Her Spelman experience expanded her interest in exploring the rich diversity in the African Diaspora for personal and professional growth. She headed to Malawi as a Community health volunteer, focusing on gender equity projects, shortly after completing her undergraduate degree. Greatly missing her family, D’Lynn returned to Boston for graduate school upon completion of service. She was Assistant Director for the Upward Bound program (UMASS Boston) and a volunteer as an AmeriCorps leader in service as she worked toward a MA in Gender and Cultural Studies and a MS in Communications Management from Simmons College.
Prior to joining the Peace Corps Office of Civil Rights and Diversity team, she worked as the Director of Diversity for an independent school in Concord, MA. She worked with students, parents, and faculty to collaboratively build and revise curriculum, and foster nourishing affinity communities. She has served on various school boards and most recently served as the Community Training Coordinator for GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) where she trained teachers and administrators across New England. She reflects that all the positions she has ever held did not exist when she was growing up and they are in response to the inclusion needs that she felt while participating in various institutional programs; she is an enthusiastic change agent committed to raising systemic and organizational awareness of the importance of reflective intercultural engagement and understanding. She gardens, cooks, attends free DC events, surrounds herself with family and friends, and writes poetry for fun.