Dio E. Aldridge

Social Justice & Wellness Educator    Poet    Speaker    Consultant   Community Builder

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My Story / Mi Historia

Dio Aldridge, pronouns he/él, is a Blatinx Trans man born in Limon, Costa Rica and raised in Southern California. Growing up in the household of a Baptist minister and Social Worker proved to be formative in shaping his passion and work in community building, engagement, education, art and poetry.


Dio currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Dean and Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the School of Art Institute of Chicago and has launched Chosen Collective Consulting, LLC. Chosen is an education and community centered consulting firm that supports organizations in shifting towards a climate of equity, justice and inclusion while centering care and support for BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ folks. Chosen Collective also hosts retreats in Costa Rica and hosts community spaces for  BIPOC and/or LGBTQIA+ in education, arts, social work, social entrepreneurship and/or community organizing.

Dio also believes in a good nap! 

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"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

James Baldwin, 1924 - 1987