Zenique Gardner Perry
Zenique Gardner Perry is a writer, educator and community organizer committed to helping organizations cultivate diverse and equitable spaces that mitigate the further marginalization of people of color, immigrants and those impacted by incarceration. Zenique’s creative and relational approach to anti-racism and anti-oppression work incorporates media and literary works and encourages introspection through journal-writing prompts and thoughtful dialogue. Zenique is also a proponent of affinity groups and caucuses where white people are welcome to acknowledge and address their own racism without shame and where black folks and people of color may gather in an effort to process hurt and practice healing, absent of the white gaze.
Zenique is an East St. Louis native who began her advocacy for Diversity and Inclusion while she lived in Philadelphia, PA. There she worked as an organizer for The Philadelphia Urban League and The National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association. Since returning to St. Louis, Zenique has partnered with Rockwood School District to provide DEI training for teachers and administrators; participated in an antiracism and community development training with the Center for Urban and Racial Equity (CURE) as part of the Gravois-Jefferson Plan Initiative; and, as an NCCJ Facilitrainer for Anytown and Gateway2Change, has engaged St. Louis youth in anti-oppression workshops. Zenique has also formerly served as part of the leadership team at Safe Connections where she led the Prevention Education Program in its efforts to partner with schools and community organizations to prevent relationship and gender-based violence among teens.
Zenique earned her B.A. in English from Eastern University in Pennsylvania and is currently an MFA Candidate at Washington University in St. Louis. Zenique's husband, Jermar Perry, is the founder of The Village Path and a die-hard Philadelphia Eagles’ and Sixers’ fan. Together they parent their niece, nephew and a Rottweiler named Sevyn.