Dionne Grayman facilitates paradigm shifts: whether providing safe space for black and brown mothers to create networks of internal supports to effectively address external challenges or ensuring that marginalized communities have access to democratic deliberative processes, her work is grounded in amplifying voice.
As an educator, Dionne has worked with a range of young people from incarcerated youth to students who attend specialized high schools.
Dionne Grayman has been a staff developer for Morningside Center since 2014, and writes a regular blog for the organization, See and Be Seen. Dionne became an English teacher in 1993, and her first classroom was in the Rikers Island Education Facility (C-74) teaching male adolescent inmates.
In her current role, she provides training and coaching support to administrators and staff in the implementation of restorative practices in New York City schools. A second-generation Brownsvillian, she credits her grandparents for instilling in her the importance of roots and her parents for insisting that being a smart black girl with glasses was an act of revolution.
Dionne holds a dual BA in English and Journalism as well as an MS in Special Education. A recipient of a few awards, she is most proud of being the mother of her three amazing children-Sean, Silas and Sonia.