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Racial Justice Consultant


Mary R Ferguson currently serves as the Racial Justice Consultant for the YWCA of Metro St. Louis. Her background includes teaching and administrative positions at a number of private and public institutions. Most recently Mary was Diversity and Inclusion Leader at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, after serving as Indiana State University’s Diversity Officer from 2009-2011. She has also been on faculty at Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Mary came to higher education after spending year in preK-12 education, adult and community education, arts education, and English Language learning.

Mary brings extensive knowledge of the non-profit and human services world to her work as well. She has held positions with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the American Youth Foundation. In St. Louis, Mary has been associated with every major community-based equity organization including the National Conference for Community and Justice, the Anti-Defamation League, FOCUS St. Louis, and the Diversity Awareness Partnership. She provided training to the Ferguson Commission and remains connected to the work of Forward through Ferguson.

Mary is a St. Louis native with a commitment to lifelong learning, engaged citizenship, and equity and social justice. She earned a doctorate in education with an emphasis in social justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Along with a colleague at UM-St. Louis, Mary co-hosted the 7th Annual White Privilege Conference – Youth: A Call to Action in 2006. She is a proud mother and a mentor to many in the social justice arena. Email Mary at mferguson@ywcastlouis.org.