Dominique Marbley was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and raised in Lubbock, Texas. Dominique moved to Chicago in February 2017 to be a part of the movement to help advance social justice and equity. She joined CALA through an apprenticeship provided by Pubic Allies, an AmeriCorps program. Prior to moving to Chicago, Dominique, completed her undergraduate degree from Wayland Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Human Services.
Dominique's passion to help individuals became prevalent at the age of 10, when she volunteered at an event with her mother to help improve the conditions of an underserved community. She believes in equality for all and is dedicated to serving individuals in neglected communities by helping them gain access to resources that can help them end the cycle of poverty.
Before CALA, Dominique, worked at CRCL, a non-profit in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. The Carole Robertson Learning Center is a multicultural, community-based, family development organization providing quality programs to Chicago’s west side.
For Dominique, helping others is more of a calling and not just a career choice. She has spent time volunteering with the Girl Scouts of America, Space to Grow, Institute of Cultural Affairs, East Side Neighborhood clean-up of Lubbock, The Lauro Cavazos & Ophelia Powell-Malone Mentoring Program of Texas Tech University, U-can Share Food Drive, Family, Career and Community leaders of America and local elementary schools in her home town. She is also a member of the Honor Society.
In her spare time, she enjoys learning about various cultures and embraces multiculturalism. Dominique believes that culture needs to be discussed more often and that diversity & inclusion are dire to keep culture alive. She also enjoys cooking new recipes, reading about systemic racism, gender, pop culture and self-care. She often spends time doing craft activities with her two gifted and talented nieces, Ryann and Maya.