Simone Dornbach Academy Trainer
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Simone Dornbach

Trainer for Confronting Racism and Colonial Continuities in Peace and Conflict Work

Simone Dornbach is a German and US-trained social worker (FH, MSW) who spent the early years of her career with the Civil Peace Service in Uganda. For the last 10 years Simone worked as a mediator, coach, and trainer, and volunteered in communities where she learned about and started supporting others in conflict transformation and anti-racist practices.

In 2010 Simone moved to the United States where she witnessed police brutality against Black U.S. Citizens, school segregation and everyday racism that led to her questioning her own whiteness, the beginning of her anti-racist journey. Informed by experiences in Uganda as a development worker and reflections with colleagues from the Global South, Simone started to interrogate and critically reflect on her own participation in an oppressive system disguised as development and peace building work. She is currently working as an adjunct lecturer at the City University of New York, John Jay College for Criminal Justice teaching dispute resolution and conflict resolution skills.

Offering this training is a deeply personal commitment as a trainer to support others starting their anti-racist journey as the world is in desperate need for more anti-racist activists and peacebuilders.