About the Author

Jamie Utt is a diversity and inclusion consultant and sexual violence prevention educator based in Minneapolis, MN.

Born and raised in Western Colorado, Jamie Utt has had a commitment to truth seeking and justice from an early age.  He earned his Bachelor’s of Arts in Peace and Global Studies from Earlham College where he dedicated his studies to conflict resolution and Middle Eastern Peace Studies.  While at Earlham, Jamie spearheaded and supported many social justice efforts and worked as a sexual assault survivor’s advocate in a nationally-recognized sexual violence response, awareness, and prevention program.

Education, though, has always been his passion, and Jamie knows first hand that education is truly the key civil rights issue of the 21st century.  He spent years teaching social studies Chicago’s west side, working within a committed team to empower young people to unleash their brilliance on the world that often overlooks them.  Jamie teaches that this nation’s knowledge-based economy demands that we provide young people from all backgrounds and circumstances with the education and skills necessary to become groundbreaking advocates for change.  His consulting and training offers educators and students tools for transforming educational environments to ensure that every student realizes their full potential, for if we fail to help all young people develop their brilliance, the United States runs the risk of creating an even larger gap between the rich and the poor, which in turn, threatens our democracy, our society, and our economic future.

Since 2004, Jamie has been worked as a consultant, educator, and trained across the United States to build safer, more inclusive, and more justice-centered communities.  One of the most dynamic new voices for change and inclusion today, his dynamic workshops and presentations have empowered thousands to take personal accountability for making this world a better place.

Aside from writing at Change From Within, Jamie is a contributing writer at Everyday Feminism and occasionally publishes with The Good Men Project.

To learn more about Jamie’s work, please visit www.jamieutt.com.


14 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. I wanted to swing by to say thank you: The other day you posted a link to a recent blog post of mine on your Facebook page — this much I was able to sleuth out without actually being on Facebook (I’m the only person left in America, I think). But, without being on Facebook, I had to find another way to say thank you! So I came over here, and I’m glad to have found your blog. You cover a lot of issues that are very meaningful to me and which I also look at not infrequently — gender, sexual violence, inclusiveness and diversity, and so on (I even posted that same Jay Smooth video about how to have the “what you did was racist” conversation!).

    So, anyway, thank you. I’m glad you found the post, and that it spoke to you!

  2. Susan JOhnson-Royse

    Hi Jamie,

    My sister who was at HOBY sent me the change from within website because I teach diversity and social justice. I have a student who wrote an essay entitled “For Colored Girls,” and I told him I would try to find a way to get it published for him. My office staff and I read the essay and thought it was amazing. Just seems a waste to not share this gem…I briefly was able to look at the website and what I gathered was you could share stories? Please let me know how to do this.

    Thank you so much!

    Sue Johnson-Royse, Harper College

  3. Hey Jamie,

    Nice to meet you, love the blog, and really appreciated your post at GMP today on listening. Keep up the awesome work!

  4. Hello Jamie!
    I was one of the ones that came up to you after the assembly at PHS! It was really awesome to hear all that stuff and all of it pretty much parallels what I think and would like the world to look like.

    My friend and I were talking about the 1/4 statistic and it’s odd how it seems like there are more girls than that. Both of us are one of those 1/4 girls and I know that we both really appreciated what you had to say. It meant a lot to us that you felt passionate about something that most men couldn’t care less about.

    It’s people like you who I look up to and want to be like. Please keep doing what you do. It inspires me to go out and be a better person.

  5. Amazing! You spoke at my school today, and all I have to say is that it was simply amazing. You have inspired me to change my ways and I can honestly say that when I left that auditorium I felt both changed and inspired.
    Thank you!!

  6. You came to my school today and I just wanted to say thank you very much. I’m bisexual, atheist, half Hispanic, and I have a mental disorder; all which I have been bullied for my whole life, and coming from a military family; school to school to another school, it doesn’t get any better. What you did today made me feel better about myself. And I sincerely thank you for that.

    • Amanda – I am so glad that my words helped even in the slightest way. Stay strong! If I can support you in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to me on Facebook or by email!

      Sending good energy and love.

      • I’ve recently been going through a lot of pain and hurt recently since I moved, again. But today I was driving home about to give an MP my ID card so I could pass the gate (Army base). I had been crying the whole day, but a few papers fell out of my wallet. They were the ones that I ripped from the papers you had up for everyone. It brought a smile to my face and I remembered that I’m not alone. Thank you.

    • Amanda – Thank you so much for reaching out. You are most definitely alone. I am so sorry that you’ve been going through such hard times lately. If there’s anything I can do to support you, please do not hesitate to reach out: https://www.facebook.com/jamie.utt.9

  7. I just wanted to say thank you for standing up against white privilege and the use of the n word. I’m Mexican American and I absolutely loathe the n-word. I’ve lost friends for standing up against their use of it whether they were White or Latino. One of my closet friends in college was Black and he didn’t even use the word at all even we he rapped on a beat realizing the potential self-destructive context of it. Anyways if there’s anything more I can do to help stop this bigotry, please advise. Thanks

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