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Deidra Somerville

Deidra Somerville, PhD MSW

Deidra Somerville is a mother, scholar and healer whose work is intentional in coop development, healing from trauma, and advancing decolonized principles and practices in organizational spaces. Her workshop titled, “The Master’s Tools Will Not Dismantle the Master’s House: Organizations As Tools for Community Empowerment”, presented at the Society Community Research in Action launched her current interest in developing strategies that support structural change within nonprofits serving communities. Seminars taught at Forefront, the Breakin It Down Conference, and Axelson Center have further evolved her thinking and work around the ways that structural oppression and racism impede the work of nonprofit organizations. Her dissertation work, examining the strategies and networks of Black maternal activists in Chicago, has given her insight into the challenges, opportunities, and possibilities for communities to use disruptive practices while working with established systems to improve the quality of life in communities.
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