Lydia is healing. She is finding and centering joy, focusing on reimagining self and systems to see the full dignity of all of humanity.
Throughout Lydia’s fifteen-year journey in education as a student, teacher, administrator and non-profit leader, she found herself challenged to design, reimagine, and change the systems she worked within. By examining oppression and it’s conditioning on herself and all whom she engaged, she encountered a collective trauma that stifles change and possibility. Through this journey, she found her path towards antiracism. Her lived-experience created a path where she began to actively resist injustice. Her current journey is now not solely focused on resistance but in freedom dreaming. Lydia is finding hope in the possibility of liberation of her own mind and body, and loves to support others on their journey. She founded The (Un)Learning Space as a converging of lived experience and soul's purpose.
Lydia's work is grounded in (un)learning her own racist trauma and supporting others as they examine and excavate the impact of oppression in their lives, the lives of others and the system in which we all engage. As a dynamic and holistic coach, educator, creator, facilitator, and trainer, Lydia engages with all she meets with compassion and love. She leads with equity, and inquiry. She is empathetic, and her way of being reflects care, especially during courageous conversations. She builds capacity through authentic relationships, and loves every part of this “work.” She has designed and facilitated numerous workshops to support antiracism. She facilitates racial healing circles, offers coaching sessions, and also supports organizations in decolonizing curriculum and resources so as to build cultural competency.
Lydia has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from the University of Kansas (2005) and earned her Master's Degree in Cultural Education and Social Policy from Loyola, Chicago (2010). She is a proud 2019 Surge Alum, and will forever be emerging! #Emergents
The only thing that matches Mercer’s passion for antiracism work is her toddler daughter, and her partner Jason.
We are working towards an antiracist world. We acknowledge racism in ideas, policy and in the people who support these systems of power. We acknowledge antiblackness and white supremacy as tools of oppression that saturate the institutions we operate. We believe through an (un)learning process, we can work towards reimagining an antiracist world.
To create experiences that help people acknowledge and (un)learn socialized beliefs by recognizing and centering counternarratives, creating space for community, and embarking on an antiracist journey. We believe this introspective work is the first step in creating a more equitable society.