Dr. Yvette Pye

Yvette Pye is an Educator, IDI Qualified Administrator, and Change Leader.

She believes in the collective power of change. She is an award-winning visionary educational practitioner. Resiliently forging collegial relationships toward closing opportunity gaps and optimizing potential through meaningful work is core to her vocation. Yvette is deeply fulfilled by courageously inspiring system change by increasing cultural competence, inclusion, and equity. For example, she led a team of professors to examine, alter, and include principles of Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT) into their curriculum.

With more than 17 years in higher education, coaching, and significant experience teaching adult learners in leadership, Yvette has done so through online, blended, and traditional modalities. Elevated learning challenges excite her because in her words, “it’s what I was born to do”! She is the founder of the Dream Big Institute and Pye Foundation for Literacy and Education.

Yvette’s been richer through diverse research, empathic professional development, and community and youth service for over 25 years. She is an author and educational consultant and has rich experiences in areas of professional speaking, IDI, CRT, academic advisement, community/youth development, education and evaluation, curriculum and instructional design, qualitative research, and urban issues.

Yvette holds a Ph.D. and an MA in Urban Social Geography from the University of Minnesota. She also has a background in K-12 education, receiving her teaching license in Illinois, as well as a Certificate in Leading for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Higher Education. Yvette also served two terms as President of the Association of Black Women in Higher Education (ABWHE) MN Chapter and a member of the Association of American Geographers (AAG).

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