Testimonials

Bill Hughes

“Debby gave the diversity forum of our exclusive private school a gift greater than I could have imagined: she looked inside her own life and family history and told us the story of her own ethnicity.  Through this lens, she helped me see the connections between her life as a member of a family that traces its history back to the Mayflower, and mine that runs through Harlem and slavery -- a...Read More


~ Bill Hughes Diversity Forum Leader The Winsor School Boston, MA.
Claire Berman

Debby's passion for antiracism education, paired with her deep compassion for everyone learning with and around her, made her workshop one of the most positive and transformative learning environments I have ever been in, without which I would absolutely not be where I am in my racial learning today. Debby’s approach fosters meaningful reflection, often bolstered by stories from her own...Read More


~ Claire Berman, Director of Health Education and Communication Harvard School of Public Health Boston, MA.
Xóchi Kountz

Debby Irving is passionate about sharing her knowledge and understanding of justice and white privilege.  She has the ability to put people at ease in many different situations and uses this skill to create safe and unrestricted forums for the discussions of difficult topics.  Her non-judgmental teaching style allows people to share fears, feel heard, and heal hurts created by systemic divides....Read More


~ Xóchi Kountz, MS, White People Challenging Racism Co-Facilitator Burlington, MA.
Vivek Pandit

Debby has a passion and natural gift for seeing, understanding, and exploring issues of individual and group identity, sameness and difference, and sources of affiliation and strength.  Over the 3+ years that we have been peer collaborators, I have relished her spirited contributions and seen them energize our group dynamic. Exploring topics that can sometimes make us feel vulnerable can also...Read More


~ Vivek Pandit Fellow K-12 Parent and Diversity Forum Discussion Co-Leader
 Boston, MA.
Marty Hellman

Having the opportunity to be a student in a White People Challenging Racism class, co-led by Debby, opened my eyes and my heart further, to truths of the world in which I live, as well as truths that live in me. I continue to be grateful for the skills and passions she brings to this essential work.


~ Marty Hellman Multicultural Coordinator ManKind Project of New England Norwich, CT.
Hong Xu

Debby strikes me as a very motherly figure. You know everything is going to be fine when she is around. She is very organized and detail orientated. She is sensitive to others’ feelings and is willing to lend a helping hand at any time. She’s also very passionate about the diversity cause. It’s really a privilege to work with her.


~ Hong Xu Diversity Forum Planning Committee The Winsor School.
Arielle Levy, MPH

I am privileged to say I can call Debby Irving a teacher, mentor, and friend. Having first met Debby in her facilitator role of a White People Challenging Racism course I was enrolled in, I was immediately impressed by her honesty, compassion, and astute observations. However, it is her work outside of the classroom that has made the most impact on me. I appreciate her willingness to offer...Read More


~ Arielle Levy, MPH Community Outreach Coordinator YWCA Boston Boston, MA.
Stephanie S

With a unique blend of approachability, openness, and passion, Debby is dedicated to providing her students with the resources and support they need, no matter where they are in their racial identity and antiracism development. What made her perspective valuable to me was her understanding of her own journey, and how relatable her story was to my own life experiences as a white person.


~ Stephanie S., MPH White People Challenging RacismStudent Waking Up White test reader Somerville, MA.
Sarah Hahesy

Debbie is a masterful facilitator on the topic of antiracism.  She builds a powerful community in 5 weeks, where we discuss real issues surrounding race as well as giving us the space to reflect and be honest about this topic.  She also has become a friend and an ally to me.  I am constantly inspired to be more active by her actions.  She really mobilizes people to stop racism.  Taking her...Read More


~ Sarah Hahesy Teacher Brookline Public Schools.