Donielle Berg

“Joyell led a fantastic workshop where we did a deep dive into our individual identities and how those relate to the broader society and systems of oppression. We learned how our axises of identity are contextual and that intersectionality and different scenarios change the way we navigate the world around us. She created a brave space for us to explore these concepts through group conversations and solo activities - all the activities were very interactive and hands on! Everyone I spoke with learned a lot from the workshop and said it was time well spent. I highly recommend this workshop!”

—Donielle Berg, Salesforce

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Phillip Clark

“They thoughtfully, yet courageously, explored the topic. They did so in a manner that called both white participants and participants of color to delve into the depths of their minds, bodies, and spirits, to uncover previously hidden attitudes or mindsets we have overlooked or dismissed as we go about our daily lives.”

— Phillip Clark

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Jackie Thomas

“Joyell’s demeanor, tone, pace, and true understanding of how to make the content real and relatable for everyone was amazing and truly telling of her amazing facilitation skills.”

-Jacquelyn Thomas, Dent Education

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Aaron Kaufman

“Very open, inclusive, welcoming, non-judgmental, well thought out. Enjoyed my experience.”

-Aaron Kaufman, Central Baltimore Partnerships

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Anee Korme

“Joyell has a presence and presenting style that I have never experienced as an audience member and it was so refreshing and affirming. I appreciated her acknowledgement of African history and contextualizing the practice in its rightful home.”

-Anee Korme, Director of Student Diversity & Development

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Sam Zucker

“Joyell Arvella does the deeply challenging and necessary work of creating intersectional equity every day at her company Harp + Sword. I’ve seen her turn tough situations into moments of grace and progress for herself and her community.”

-Sam Zucker, Designer and Strategist

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Precious Blake

“Joyell has the ability to hold brave, curiosity-filled, and restorative justice-centered spaces for conversations to bloom into action. Her DEI work is intersectional, and she describes anti-blackness/whiteness as a philosophy that discriminates against different racial groups. She leads us to investigate how it affects our daily lives and what we can do to support/dismantle all forms of discrimination.”

- Precious Blake, Visual Journalist and Program Director

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Katie Sutton

“Joyell's workshop for our AFP Small Shop Roundtable about the role of diversity, intersectional equity, and inclusion in nonprofits was one of the most valuable we have had all year. Joyell is an incredible facilitator; she created a space in which participants could engage in thoughtful, meaningful, and at times personal discussion about race and equity. She made it possible for our group to discuss weighty topics that we might not otherwise have the opportunity to address. Joyell is a thought-leader in this space, and we learned so much from her workshop.”

-Katie Sutton, AFP Small Shop Roundtable Member & Coordinator

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