Odelia Younge is a community builder, writer, and educator based in Oakland, California. In her life and work, she centers discussions about Blackness and resistance. She is the co-author and editor of A FLY Girl’s Guide to University: Being a Woman of Colour at Cambridge and Other Institutions of Power and Elitism, and the editor of this is my body: women of color reclaiming narratives of self and body. Her writing has focused on Black women collectives, historical memory, transgressions and resistance, and Black male youth identity. She has led work across the United States on racial equity, transforming education, decolonizing systems, and building out platforms for creatives of color. Odelia studied at Harvard and Cambridge.
Odelia is driven by her faith, radical Black love, and the concept of creating yourself to freedom — forgetting what your oppressors have told you is the truth, and building anew. Odelia is the co-founder of Novalia Collective, which builds spaces and opportunities for storytelling, community building, and racial justice through programs, facilitation, and strategic planning. You can follow her @Odelia_Younge.