Antiracist and Anti-BIAS COALITION PARTNERS
Antiracism and Anti-Bias work in schools takes coalition- building, collaboration, and partnerships. The folks listed in this section are all antiracist/anti-bias change agents and leaders in their own right. I have partnered with all of them on several projects or workshops. I would like to highlight their work and include them as potential workshop partners, future collaborators, and/or as referrals who may better fit your needs.
Ashley M. Jones
"Anti-racism and social emotional learning are at the core of my pedagogy as an educator and in my mission as a poet. When I teach in my own classes or in those to which I travel, I take special care to share ideas, literature, and cultural concepts which work to not only educate students about the multi-layered culture and history which makes America, but to challenge them to think empathetically and critically about the lives and struggles of others. When I teach a poetry workshop, I source the example poems from writers of diverse backgrounds, and the historical context of said poem is part of the writing lesson--it becomes a more holistic educational experience in that way, allowing history and sometimes politics to play a major role in the lesson.
When I'm reading my own work or giving an adult/teacher workshop, I make sure to establish norms of respect and mutual empathy by telling my authentic story and inviting all listeners to respond with their authentic experiences. I have seen, in all of my teachings and travels, a real willingness to have open dialogue when these norms are established, and I've been very happy to see students and adults alike engage in transformative conversations which result in a more anti-racist learning and living environment." - Ashley M. Jones
Chiara Di Lello
"As a white teacher, I believe I have a responsibility to model positive, antiracist white identity for my students, and teach them to identify and interrupt systems of injustice. My teaching is grounded in building empathy and self-awareness that are the foundation of genuine advocacy.
I am a writer, elementary teacher and native New Yorker. I began my teaching career in museum education, where I specialized in creating accessible programs for students with disabilities. That led me to a special education degree, where I further developed my commitment to equitable teaching and anti-bias work. I am excited to work with parents to support the positive racial identity development of children, and to work with school leaders implementing anti-bias work in curriculum, policy, and institutional structure" - Chiara Di Lello
Darius V. Daughtry
"Much of my life's work has been to help students process their experiences and emotions through creative expression. At the core of any creative practice is honesty. I work with young people to help them have honest conversations about themselves and the world we live in. This exploration of who they are is both an exercise that encourages identity exploration and certainly contributes to social-emotional health. And it usually comes out in poem or song or dance." - Darius V. Daughtry
James Samuels was raised in Hempstead, NY and graduated from Uniondale High School on
Long Island. Sacred Heart University, a Division I school located in Fairfield, CT, is where he received a
full athletic scholarship and his degree in Psychology.
James’ athletic and educational background merged into a passion for mindfulness and
meditation. He understands the cognitive, emotional and physical benefits of operating from a space of
total clarity in order to improve performance as well as overall wellness. His education and life
experiences make him a dynamic Mindfulness Coach with the ability to captivate and connect with
people of all ages and backgrounds.
"As a white school librarian, my commitment is to ensure that all students have access to literature that serves as mirrors, windows, and sliding glass doors. When a book acts as a window, children have the ability to see into another world, one that is real or imagined. The window can also become a sliding glass door, allowing the reader to step into that world created by the author. Books as mirrors provide the opportunity to affirm a child's identity, and find comfort in a world where they may feel like "the only one." In addition to recommending and reading books to students that foster their social emotional learning and growth, I am continuously partnering with parents to help them better understand the role their white identity plays both in their personal lives and in the larger school community.
I have been an educator for over twenty years, teaching in both public and private schools in Chicago, and in New York City, where I currently teach in a private independent school. I am deeply committed to abolitionist & antiracist teaching pedagogies, and strive to consistently model these practices for my students and their parents." -Jen Gladkowski
Richard M. Wright
Richard M. Wright is a healthy masculinity and consent culture specialist. He studies Expressive Arts Therapy at the California Institute Of Integral Studies, where he got his Masters. He also did a profound training on Healthy Masculinity and Bystander Intervention with Men Can Stop Rape. Fusing both of these skills, Richard created an art-based workshop that fosters consent culture and healthy masculinity for all ages and genders. It is worthy to mention that the workshops are age-appropriate as sex is not discussed, only honoring our own, and each other's boundaries. Richard has also been published in the timely anthology "Ask: Building Consent Culture" edited by Ktty Stryker. For more information, please refer to www.richardmwright.com.
Jesula "JJ" Jeannot
Jesula “JJ” Jeannot is a senior majoring in international affairs with a minor in communication, who will be graduating in Fall 2020. Ms. Jeannot found her passion in public speaking and has been part of conversations and events put together by Community leaders. She’s always vocal when it comes to speaking and be the voice for the community in regards to racial injustice, both on a broad scale and her surrounding areas. She pushed the barrier that exist between community leaders and people in office. Finding the interconnection between those two create a space where uncomfortable conversation get its space because it’s needed. The change is not one race against America, rather it’s America against injustice.
Carrie Feit, Parent, Activist and Attorney
"At this antiracist moment that we’re in, the work is in deconstructing what we think we know to be knowledge and truth, to question baselines and merit and normativity, and to instead encourage people to bring their entire selves into spaces, especially academic spaces where discourse around knowledge and truth can birth new ideas. As a parent with growing awareness of my racialized white experience, particularly in academia, my role on the PTA and in my other spheres of influence as an accomplice to racial liberation has been to uplift to Black and Brown voices and experiences to broaden the frame in which education takes place, whether that be with regard to curriculum, particularly non-white washed history and contributions, culturally informed programs, looking to root causes of perceived “bad” behavior and biased discipline, or access." - Carrie Feit #DecolonizeKnowledge #DecolonizeEducation
South Florida People of Color
One of the things our Unity360 in schools program does well is helping with a culture shift. For most of the schools we have worked creatively with faculty, diversity councils, parent associations, and youth. The multi-pronged approach moves the needle more quickly, and roots out particularly problematic policies and individuals in the process. Additionally, the we-are-all-in-this-work- together sensibility of this approach often works as a balm, creating some patience, as problem areas are worked out.
We utilize experiential education and deep dialogue, as well as sharing key terminology, to explore aspects of identity, implicit bias, and structural and institutional oppression that affect all people.
Alex Louis RMHCI
Alexandra graduated from University of Massachusetts, Boston with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. She has worked with different patient populations from geriatrics to adolescents and aids in motivating people to overcome their toughest life challenges. She is passionate about incorporating cultural diversity and awareness in counseling clients who come from disenfranchised backgrounds and believes in providing everyone with a voice and empower them from within themselves. Her work with marginalized communities experiencing racial and oppression trauma is at the cornerstone of her practice.
"My mission is to cause and support positive, systemic change to happen for businesses, organizations and communities through advocacy, governmental affairs and community engagement. After graduating from the University of Central Florida and working with companies like Coca-Cola and Lebhar-Friedman, I took my love for management, community engagement and marketing to start The Idea, Inc. in May 2010. As the owner, I manage budgets, non-profit teams and liaise with governments and corporations to provide a seat at the table for diverse demographics to help create a kind, just, and equitable society. In 2019, we started working with Community Based Connections, Inc. a human services organization delivering youth development, family strengthening, and community empowerment services to under-served populations in Broward County. This summer, I launched the Summer of Justice campaign to let the absence of our dollars speak to the power we have when we’re united through collective action to curb police power and brutality in our communities and create a new reality with effective and humane policing."-Ebonni Bryant
Mavi began her career as a Culturally Sensitive Marketer and Communicator in 2005. Since then, she has worked with dozens of clients, multinational, medium and small, to help them develop strategies to speak to sensitive segments of the population effectively and sensitively. She has also worked in the HR industry developing training products and communications strategies to create inclusive workplaces and culturally sensitive organizations. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from Florida Atlantic University with multiple degrees in Business, Marketing Advertising and Accounting.
For many transgender and gender non-conforming youth, school can be a scary place. In a national survey by GLSEN, 75% of Trans youth reported feeling unsafe at school. This leads to significantly lower GPAs and higher drop-out rates for Trans students as compared to their cisgender peers. Our work at TransSOCIAL focuses on expanding safe and affirming resources for our Trans and LGBQ+ community, and that includes advocating for schools to adopt Trans-affirming policies and practices. We work directly with teachers, student groups, parents and school administrators to address bathroom and locker room policies, chosen name and pronoun use, and provide direct support services to families with Trans youth who need linkage to affirming healthcare, mental health services, legal name and gender marker change assistance, and other transition-related support. Our vision is for all Trans people to be treated with dignity and respect. TransSOCIAL provides the critical resources and support needed to ensure that our Trans youth are affirmed at home and at school, helping them thrive as their authentic selves.