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Yorri is a native of New Orleans, La., who grew up with an appreciation for unique Creole cuisine, art, and diverse cultures. She is an educator, minister, mentor, motivational speaker, and activist for social justice—one who proactively seeks to be the change she hopes to see in others and the world. Yorri is a published poet who consciously infuses art to educate, empower, encourage social responsibility and restore the “Beloved Community” across the world.
Yorri attended Spelman College and received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and African studies from Loyola University in New Orleans. She earned a Master of Arts in religion (ethics) from Howard University School of Divinity, and is an educational administration and policy graduate student at Howard as well. Her academic research interests include arts-integrated teaching and learning, culturally relevant pedagogy, community and faith-based educational initiatives and equity, policy and reform in urban contexts. A rising doctoral student, her goal is to become a university professor and policy-advocate, while also working to advance local and national innovative educational programs.
She is interning in the CDF Freedom Schools® Department where she is conducting research on the Integrated Reading Curriculum Guide.