Lydia Mercer is a dynamic and holistic coach, creator, facilitator, and trainer. She leads with love, equity, and inquiry. She is empathetic, and her way of being reflects compassion, especially during courageous conversations. She builds authentic relationships through a holistic approach and uses differentiated coaching lenses to positively impact lives.
Lydia's current work is grounded in (Un)learning her own racist trauma and supporting others as they examine their own. The (Un)Learning Space is the converging of her lived experience and her soul's purpose.
Lydia has influenced the Chicago educational landscape for the past fourteen years. She has designed and facilitated numerous Diversity Equity and Inclusion workshops and coaching sessions, revised curriculum and resources to be more culturally relevant, and actively engages in her own (un)learning journey.
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).
The only thing that matches Mercer’s passion for antiracism work is her toddler daughter, and her husband 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.