Arielle is an Education Specialist at EVOLVE. She is a part of the UMOJA MN team. Through UMOJA MN, Arielle and her team empower transracial families to raise children that have positive Black identities and are able to talk about race in an honest and open way. These powerful weekend experiences, which happen three times a year, include large group sessions for parents and age appropriate breakout sessions, which Arielle oversees.
Arielle joined EVOLVE with a BA in Communications and several years of experience as the Director of Events & Volunteers, at a non-profit in Indiana, where she encouraged and empowered over 60 African American students. She has led hundreds of volunteers in cross-cultural mentoring, helping them to navigate questions regarding trauma and systemic racism. She has lead workshops on race and taught college courses as a paraprofessional on culture, poverty, and service. She has also been the event curator for volunteer trainings, leadership development programs for African American youth, and community wide events. She is passionate about community development and advocates for under-resourced families.
Outside of work, Arielle is a musician, a reader, an illustrator, a retired colligate track athlete, and newlywed. She and her husband enjoy exploring Minnesota, camera in hand, and establishing friendships within their new community.