Lenore Bajare-Dukes has spent years working with arts, media, and dialogue methods to elicit truths and prepare communities to acknowledge and transform historical harms. She currently serves as Project Coordinator for the Truth-Telling, Racial Healing & Reparations mapping initiative with Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), researching and building networks between grassroots initiatives to address violence against African-Americans across the United States. She also tracks debates on Confederate monuments and memorials in her hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia and her former practicum site of Richmond, Virginia. She holds an MA in conflict transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University.
Lenore is a member of EMU’s Inside Out Playback Theatre troupe; while at EMU, she co-designed and piloted workshops for her fellow white Americans engaged in anti-racism work, using Playback and dialogue methods to explore their own racial identity formation and support each other in uncovering and resisting their personal participation in white supremacy. She previously spent her practicum with The Conciliation Project, a theatre-based truth-telling organization in Richmond, VA. Lenore has presented at conferences on and is currently writing about her theory of the role of arts in weaving ‘multi-vocal relational truth’ in divided communities. In her spare time, she is a collaborating producer and member of the planning team of the documentary podcast The Trump Diaries: A People’s History of the Forty-Fifth Presidency, which documents the voices of people affected in very different ways by the current US presidency.
Previously, Lenore worked for the peacebuilding NGO Search for Common Ground in its first year in post-revolutionary Tunisia, where she helped design and support programs to help Tunisian youth build power across ideological differences to shape the country’s transition to democracy. Her background fuels her ongoing commitment to bridging conversations about conflict transformation in U.S. contexts and in the field of “international peacebuilding." She speaks fluent French and English and basic Spanish and Arabic, and is now based in central Pennsylvania.