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Dr. Rachael Mahmood

Dr. Rachael Mahmood is a 5th grade teacher in a large school district outside of Chicago. In addition to teaching, she works as an equity ambassador designing and delivering equity workshops throughout her school district as well as in surrounding schools. Rachael shares ideas, lessons, and frameworks for culturally responsive teaching with other educators on her YouTube channel and on Twitter. Her doctoral research re-examined parent involvement models to credit the involvement of African American mothers with low incomes. In January 2020, she was featured in the Chicago Tribune: Naperville
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Lakota Pearl Pochedley (Shishibéniyek Bodwéwadmik)

Lakota Pearl Pochedley (Shishibéniyek Bodwéwadmik) is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO) for the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (also known as the Gun Lake Tribe). She is an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation located in Shawnee, Oklahoma. In 2013, Lakota graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in sociocultural anthropology and ethnicity and race studies with a specialization in Native American studies. During this time, she had the opportunity to work with a pre-K literacy Program, AmeriCorps Jumpstart, as a corps member and
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Maribel Valdez Gonzalez

Maribel Valdez Gonzalez is a Xicana educator and San Antonio-born daughter of Mexican immigrants with a goal to create academically and culturally engaging learning experiences through a culturally responsive framework that fosters empowerment, agency, and radical kindness. She is a STEMbyTAF Transformation Coach for Technology Access Foundation. She works directly with administrators and teachers to achieve educational justice for all students, especially Black and Brown students. Maribel partners with K–12 public schools as an instructional coach to shift pedagogy, transform curriculum using
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Jennifer Rowe

Jennifer Rowe is the Executive Director of Educational Equity for Indian Prairie School District in Aurora, Illinois. She has a strong passion for equity work and believes that through building relationships and providing opportunity, real change can occur. Rowe is the co-founder of the Valley Runway, a program that provides prom dresses and tuxedos to students, has partnered with FermiLab to create a summer STEM camp for Black and Latinx students, and has collaborated with 360 Youth Services to provide school-based mental health services in her district’s middle and high schools.
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Clint Smith

Clint Smith is a Ph.D. candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the author of the poetry collection Counting Descent (Write Bloody Publishing, 2016). His essays, poems and scholarly writing have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the Atlantic, the Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere.
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Melissa Stuart

Melissa Rivera Stuart is a copywriter at an advertising agency. She previously worked as a children's textbook writer and editor for a major publisher. Melissa has deep connections to Puerto Rico, including her beloved abuelo, Trinidad Rivera, who has been living on the island for nearly 96 years.
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Clarice Brazas

Clarice Brazas (she/her) holds an Ed. S. in Instructional Technology from the University of West Georgia. She is in her 13th year of teaching and is always looking for ways to improve her craft. The first three years of her career were spent working with students who had emotional and behavioral needs, which early on gave her the desire to educate students in a holistic and engaging way. Currently, Clarice teaches Humanities at The U School, an open admission, learner-centered school in the School District of Philadelphia. After moving to Philadelphia from Atlanta in 2017, she was introduced
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A. Tooley

A. Tooley works toward creating an anti-bias curriculum for their classroom and for K–5 educators. They focus on designing and integrating units for elementary classrooms that incorporate identity, diversity, justice and action. They began their teaching career in Apple Valley, CA in 2014 in an elementary classroom. In 2018, Tooley moved to Los Angles and now teaches within the Los Angeles Unified School District in the elementary classroom. They were a part of the January 2019 teacher strike and have continued their work to bring equity, access and integrated units into their classroom and
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Dr. Gregg Suzanne Ferguson

Dr. Gregg Ferguson is the daughter of West Virginia Human Rights Commission Judge, the late Gail M. Ferguson, and community activist and educator, Warne L. Ferguson. She is a mother, fiancé, sister and friend to people who serve their communities with an unwavering dedication to issues of equity and social justice. Ferguson is currently an adjunct for the psychology department of West Virginia State University and is a member of Marshall University’s Activists’ Archives. As a certified counselor and teacher, as well as an educational and environmental activist, she also consults for various
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