Yavilah McCoy


Yavilah McCoy, is the CEO of the Diversity consulting group DIMENSIONS Inc. Yavilah is a pioneer of the Jewish diversity and equity movement and has been an activist and mentor for the empowerment of Jews of Color for most of her life. Yavilah was voted one of “16 Faith Leaders to Watch” by the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC.  She is a certified coach for the Auburn Theological Seminary's Pastoral Coach Training Program and a fellow for their Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle.  Yavilah is a certified trainer for the” A World of Difference Institute,” the National Coalition Building Institute, and the National Center for Community and Justice. Yavilah was one of the inaugural recipients of the Joshua Venture Fellowship, and the founding director of Ayecha, one of the first nonprofit Jewish organizations to provide equity and advocacy resources for Jews of Color in the United States.  Yavilah is a renowned national speaker and educator and in celebration of the musical traditions passed down to her from three generations of her African-American Jewish family, is also the writer, producer and performer for the Jewish Gospel theatrical production “The Colors of Water.”

Presentations from Facing Race 2018

Uncovering our roots, exploding our binaries and embodying resistance in beloved community as we fight racism and anti-Semitism together

As rhetoric and policies continue to sanction White nationalism and make violence against our bodies and communities commonplace, Women of Color faith leaders are deepening their relationships and developing their resolve for standing together to resist the tropes and practices of white supremacy, uphold our connection to all movement people whose bodies, lives, families and futures have been put on the line, and grow beloved community and relationships, that hold the depth, honesty and commitments we know are necessary to secure our liberation together. Join Jewish Women of Color and Women of Color activists, across faith communities, to consider what is needed to decolonize our religious approaches to the work of ending racism and anti-Semitism. Explore activist work to dismantle racism and anti-Semitism intersectionally and consider what roles we can all play in building communities and power, across faith entry points, that address this work, deepen solidarity and strengthen our movement for the long haul.

Speakers: Yavilah McCoy, Lisa Anderson