Melanie Dillett-Dukes, EdD

Senior Manager, Learning Development and Facilitation

I am dedicated to creating new paths upon which future generations can thrive. My love of diversity, equity and inclusion work is inextricably tied to my personal and professional experiences. Living abroad for 15 years in post-colonial countries gave me great insight into the impact of racial injustices and economic dependency of colonial rule. My 20-plus years in the professional arena have granted me the opportunity to hear the stories of identity-shaping, foster liberation practices, facilitate conversations on racial healing and formulate actionable plans toward equitable practices.”

As a curriculum developer and facilitator in anti-racist, diversity and equity work, Dr. Melanie Dillett-Dukes leads seminars, coaches, develops content and fosters relationships to help people actualize their professional potential. In her current role as Senior Manager, Learning Development and Facilitation with Alignment Strategies, she supports initiatives designed to increase clients’ knowledge of diversity, equity & inclusion (DE&I) practices.

Melanie has more than 20 years of experience in the educational arena. She has taught children in preschool to high school, founded a nonprofit creative community to ignite student voices, coached teachers on culturally relevant pedagogy, designed curriculum and facilitated DE&I workshops for professionals. To deepen her contemplative practices, she completed intense training on Cognitive-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) through Emory University. Her experience as an Equity Facilitator Fellow through Georgia State University’s CREATE Teacher Residency enhanced her ability to facilitate conversations and create actionable items around identity, systemic oppression and anti-racist work. Melanie’s ability to listen for understanding, empathize and connect with others translates easily into organic and holistic coaching strategies that foster growth mindsets and stimulate environments for people to thrive.

Melanie graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Spelman College, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and an Education Doctorate in International and Transcultural Studies, with a specialization in family and community as educator, from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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