Rochelle Younan-Montgomery
Pronouns: She | Her | Hers

“I am… a queer, cisgender, biracial Arab/white woman, mother, sister, partner, global wanderer, and lover of the natural world. I am a first-generation college graduate and daughter of an Egyptian immigrant. I am a mindfulness and yoga enthusiast, student of cultural somatics, and a writer. I #LiveInclusively by bridging divides and creating space for accountability, healing, and reconciliation. I am continually unpacking my own internalized white supremacy and gradually releasing the need to “have it all figured out.” I often ask the question, “Whose perspective might be missing?”

Rochelle is a consultant for The Winters Group, Inc. and a faculty member of The emPOWERment Institute™, our leadership certification program for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color). She is also the Founder of Holistic Workplace Inclusion (HWI), a DEIJ firm. Prior to launching HWI, she served as the Director of College Access with College Possible, where she led a team of staff to create more equitable outcomes for low-income students of color. Prior to this role, she was the Associate Director of Diversity Recruitment and Retention at Clark College, focused on increasing the diversity of employees and creating a welcoming campus culture. Early in her career, she was a community organizer and educator fighting for environmental justice and empowering students to use their voice to shift power and enact change.

She is a contributing author in Racial Justice at Work: Practical Solutions for Systemic Change (February, 2023) with her chapter Accountability through Restorative Dialogue.

Rochelle is a global adventure seeker, having lived in South Korea teaching English, and traveled throughout India, Mozambique, Italy, parts of Latin America, and the Middle East.

A graduate of Azusa Pacific University, Rochelle holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and is a certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®). She is also a YWCA Racial Justice Facilitator and certified in Somatic Abolitionism through the teachings of Resmaa Menakem. She is an avid yoga and meditation practitioner and utilizes healing modalities like breathwork, guided meditation and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) in her facilitation. She lives in South Minneapolis, on Dakhóta Land, with her partner and two daughters.


Rochelle’s vision for this work:

Together, we weave a complex, stunningly colorful tapestry of lives that are interdependent, truly liberated, and free to express the full humanity of ourselves. It looks as vast as the galaxy and sounds like the rhythm of a drum circle on a hot summer day. It is imperfect and oftentimes messy. It requires nurturing.

Together, we define the rules of the game. We dismantle power structures that no longer serve the collective. We co-create and rebuild institutions in such a way that value radical candor, community care, and the dismantling of white supremacy, patriarchy, and all other systems of oppression. It feels like a deep, long exhale.

Together, we take responsibility for causing harm, we practice humility and grace, and move little by little toward a collective embodiment of generosity, openness, and love.

“When you do something from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” – Rumi

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