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Author, speaker, educator, and founder of The Berkana Institute, whose most recent book is Who Do We Choose To Be? Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity
Author, social justice scholar, executive director of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, and founder and chair of the National Black Women's Justice Institute
Education coach, and founder and president of Bright Morning consulting firm, and author of Coaching for Equity Conversations that Change Practice
Associate professor of Language and Literacy at Georgia State University, director of the Urban Literacy Collaborative and Clinic, and author of Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy
Educator, educational consultant, equity and justice strategist, yoga teacher, curriculum designer, and writer
Professor of practice and director of Leadership Development at The Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego
Guadalupe Guerrero is the Superintendent of Portland Public Schools, Oregon's largest and most diverse school district. With over 25 years of experience in several large urban school districts, including San Francisco and Boston, Guerrero leads with a proven commitment to a bold racial equity agenda, reimagining systems to be more responsive and supportive of student needs. In addition to his visionary leadership in Portland, Superintendent Guerrero serves on the Executive Committee of the Council of Great City Schools, the nation's voice for urban public education.
Assistant vice chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at UC San Diego
Associate vice president for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, distinguished professor of Education at San Diego State University, and co-director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab
Mike Strong, Rodrigo Arancibia, Dr. Martín Casas, and Dr. Adriana Lepe-Ramirez.
Mike is an educator at High Tech High, a School Retool designer and coach, and the founder of Blue Dot Education. He works with school and systems leaders around the country to help them design and redesign more human-centered schools.
Rodrigo, High Tech High Graduate School of Education, is the Director of Philosophy and Co-Directs the CARPE College Access Network. Rodrigo believes in the transformative power of relationships as a keystone to successful schools and school systems. It’s through these relationships that schools and communities can learn, improve, and thrive.
Dr. Martín Casas is Principal at San Pasqual High School in the Escondido Union High School District. Dr. Casas was recently recognized as the 2019 – 2020 ACSA Region 18 Principal of Year. He is an Our Voice Academy fellow, School Retool fellow, and currently serves as President of the North County Conference. You can follow Martín on Twitter at @MartinCasas.
Dr. Adriana Lepe-Ramirez is Principal at Escondido High School in the Escondido Union High School District. A Chrispeels Doctoral Fellow in Educational Leadership. Dr. Lepe-Ramirez is a life-long champion for equity and diversity. She believes in the power of student voice and developing teacher leadership in public education.
A full professor, Dr. Proudfit has been tenured three times in the CSU system. In addition to her academic positions, she was the first special advisor to the Honorable Cruz M. Bustamante, lieutenant governor of California, for California Indian Sovereign Nations in 2002.In 2016 she was appointed by President Barack Obama to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education (NACIE). She continues to serve on NACIE. She is the lead author and researcher on the 2012, 2014 and 2016 ground breaking annual reports on the State of American Indian and Alaskan Native Education in California. She is the series editor of ten (10) books addressing American Indian education throughout the U.S. The first book published in 2017 focuses on California. On Indian Ground-: A Return to Indigenous Knowledge—Generating Hope, Leadership and Sovereignty through Education. She is author of the forthcoming book titled Beyond the American Indian Stereotype: There’s More to Me Than What You See. Dr. Proudfit is also the founder and Executive Director of the California’s American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival (CAIIFF) is the largest AIAN film festival in the U.S. Dr. Proudfit and Chris Eyre (Director/Producer) formed The Native Networkers (TNN), a film and television consulting company which provided resources to improve understanding and foster authentic representation of Native American and Indigenous peoples in storylines, exhibition and marketing campaigns. Proudfit has worked on various media projects such as the 2017 film by Scott Cooper, Hostiles featuring Christian Bale and various television shows. Proudfit owns Native Media Strategies, LLC a consulting company providing full-service media consulting. Dr. Proudfit is the owner of Naqmayam Communications, an independent, full-service, California Indian-owned and -operated public relations agency. Naqmayam Communications, aka NaqCom, promotes socially conscious marketing and consumer and cultural education. NaqCom also offers expertise in developing and implementing communication strategies to successfully build consensus and brand loyalty among Native American communities. Dr. Proudfit holds positions on numerous boards and committees, such as: Vice chair for the Native American Caucus of the California Democratic Party, board member of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, board member for Vision Maker Media, and executive director of the California Indian Professors Association.
Board Member, Instructor, Kumeyaay Community College. Dr. Stanley Rodriguez is from the Kumeyaay Santa Ysabel Band of the Iipay Nation. He is a Tribal Councilman for the Santa Ysabel Tribal Government, Board member of Kumeyaay Community College, a Board of Directors member for Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, and a U.S. Navy Desert Storm Veteran with nine years of service. Dr. Rodriguez is an instructor with the Navy Drug and Alcohol Counselor School, Kumeyaay Community College, a faculty member at Cuyamaca Community College, and adjunct faculty at California State University, San Marcos.
Dr. Rodriguez learned from his Grandmother and other Kumeyaay Elders the methods and culture. He sits on the board of a group whose vision is to strengthen language and cultural revitalization, known as the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival. Dr. Rodriguez has been teaching Kumeyaay language classes at Kumeyaay Community College on the Sycuan Reservation since 2000.