Joanne is an IDI Qualified Administrator and an IDI Qualifying Seminar Instructor. Born and raised in the Midwest by two white women, Joanne had the unique experience of growing up in an all-white community as a biracial child who was perceived by others as Black. Her journey navigating life in this complex world of race, culture, and ethnicity while working simultaneously through her own complicated racial identity development led to her passion for educating and training around issues of intercultural competency and racial and social justice. Joanne is currently a doctoral candidate studying leadership through the education program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and holds a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Additionally, Joanne has 20 years of facilitation experience, including building her own consulting company United for Change Consulting, LLC. where she serves as founder and lead consultant. Joanne believes that providing individuals and organizations with the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to work effectively across cultures leads to environments where all are affirmed in the entirety of their identities and able to reach their full potential. Joanne has an 11-year-old son named Mateo and a rescue dog named Nova.