Resilience Rising


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Avi Bowie, LCSW

Lead Trainer

Avi Bowie, LCSW (they/them) is a social worker with over 15 years of experience. Avi’s passion lies in working toward the collective healing and liberation of all historically marginalized groups and individuals through the processes of cultivating compassion, building community, and developing innovative and creative education and advocacy tools. Avi’s expertise lies in the areas of non-profit management, program development and evaluation, child and youth trauma, mindfulness awareness, racial justice and equity, and LGBTQ+ health. Avi received their BA from Hampshire College where they studied Medical Anthropology. After obtaining their MSW from Columbia University, Avi began their work with LGBTQ+ youth and families at the New York City LGBT Community Center, where they co-founded the Transgender/Genderqueer Parenting Group, and served as a consultant and trainer for the LGBT Foster Care Project. Avi worked with and for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness at the Ali Forney Center in New York City where they served as the Associate Director of Overnight Drop-in and Outreach. Upon relocating to Chicago, Avi continued to support LGBTQ+ youth in their role as the Director of Youth Programs at Center on Halsted.  Currently, Avi conducts research on Sexual Minority Women’s Health with the University of Illinois Chicago, and is the Officer of Training and Curriculum for Morten Group, a national, Chicago based consulting firm.

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