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Justice Yu was appointed to the Washington Supreme Court by Governor Inslee on May 1, 2014, after serving 14 years as a trial court judge in King County Superior Court. She was elected in 2016 for a full six-year term on the Supreme Court.
The daughter of immigrant parents, she is the first in her family to receive a college education. She is the first Latina, the first Asian, and first member of the LGBTQ community to serve on the Washington State Supreme Court.
Travon Free is an Emmy winning writer and comedian who has written for “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” “The Daily Show" with hosts Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah, and for HBO's "Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons." Travon is currently creating a series at HBO with Issa Rae called "Him or Her."
Michael Adams is the Chief Executive Officer of SAGE - Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders. SAGE is the oldest and largest organization in the United States dedicated to transforming the LGBT aging experience. In partnership with SAGE affiliates countrywide, SAGE serves countless LGBT older people nationally via technical assistance, trainings and services as well as advocacy at every level of government. In 2009, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services selected SAGE to establish and run the country's first and only National Resource Center on LGBT Aging.
Prior to joining SAGE, Michael was the Director of Education and Public Affairs for Lambda Legal. Prior to that, Michael spent a decade leading cutting edge litigation that established new rights for LGBT people, first as Associate Director of the ACLU's Lesbian and Gay Rights Project, and then as Deputy Legal Director at Lambda Legal.
A graduate of Stanford Law School and Harvard College, Michael has authored numerous publications on an array of LGBT issues. He has taught law school courses on sexual orientation and gender identity and has served on advisory councils for AARP, the American Society on Aging, and the New York City Department for the Aging among others.
Samuel Dorison currently serves as Chief of Staff at The Trevor Project, the nation's leading suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. In this role, he is particularly focused on positioning the organization to serve even more young people. Since 2014, he has also volunteered as a crisis counselor for Trevor, directly supporting LGBTQ youth. Prior to joining Trevor as Chief of Staff, Sam was an Engagement Manager in the Washington, DC, office of McKinsey & Company. There, he advised private sector clients on technology investment, and public and social sector clients on growth strategy. Sam graduated with highest honors from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He also earned an LLM from Cambridge and an MSc from University College London, where he was a Marshall Scholar. His preferred gender pronouns are he, him, and his.
Dr. Jillian T. Weiss is a nationally recognized transgender rights attorney and law professor with three decades of legal experience. Her cases have resulted in landmark settlements and rulings increasing protections for transgender employees. She was previously the Executive Director of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, a tenured Professor of Law and Society at Ramapo College of New Jersey and the founder of the Law Office of Jillian T. Weiss P.C. She has a Ph.D. in Law, Policy and Society from Northeastern University and a J.D. from Seton Hall Law School. Among her milestone cases are the first cases brought by U.S. government agencies on behalf of transgender employees, which she co-litigated with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Jillian is a past board member of Lambda Legal, past Chair of the annual Trans Law Symposium, founding and former Executive Director of the National Transgender Bar Association, and past Board Chair of GetEqual. She has consulted with private and public organizations regarding transgender policy and diversity training, including Harvard University, Boeing and New York City.
Michael Roberson is a public health practitioner, advocate, activist and leader within the LGBTQ community, as well as an Adjunct Professor at The New School University/Lang College, NYC. With a focused commitment on the health disparities of Black gay men and Black gay men within the House/ball community Michael created The Federation of Ballroom Houses, co-created the nation's only Black Gay research group, The National Black Gay Men's Advocacy Group, and the Nationally Diffused CDC Behavioral Change HIV Prevention Intervention “ Many Men, Many Voices.” Michael was also the Executive Director of one of the largest black gay community based organizations, and currently is a consultant working with several national community based organizations focused on national HIV Clinical Trial/Bio-medical, and home-grown evidence based interventions, as well as national community capacity building assistance and mobilization strategies designed to combat the disproportionate health disparities impacting both the black gay and black/Latino LGBTQ house ball communities. In addition to his many roles as activist and leader Michael is a sought after lecturer nationally and internationally, manages Vogue Evolution, a national dance crew engaging in social justice and HIV Prevention through vogue. Above all Michael is a father to many men and women within the House/ball community, as well as a co-instructor for a course on the history of the house/ball community at the New School University in New York City.
CJ began his career in 1999 as a Teach For America Bay Area corps member, teaching middle school social studies and language arts in Oakland, CA. After completing his graduate studies, CJ worked as the Program Development and Evaluation Manager for The Breakthrough Collaborative in San Francisco, CA, advising more than thirty sites across the country in the areas of curriculum development and program performance. From 2006-2008, he was Director of Talent Recruitment at Teach For America. In 2008, CJ became the founding Dean of School Culture at Achievement First Brownsville Elementary in Brooklyn, one of the highest performing schools in New York City showcased in The New York Times, Forbes Magazine, and Wendy Kopp’s book, A Chance to Make History. Based on his clear record of success in creating and sustaining transformative school cultures, CJ was asked to join Achievement First’s Network Support Team as the Director of School Leader Recruitment and Diversity Training. In addition, CJ was responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive curriculum that focused on diversity and inclusiveness. For the past two years, he served as the Chief Talent Officer for the Phoenix Charter Academy Network. CJ earned his B.A. in History and Social Studies Education from Syracuse University, and received his M.Ed. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
Kenyon Farrow is a writer and editor, activist and strategist. He is currently the Senior Editor with theBody.com, and the former US & Global Health Policy Director for Treatment Action Group, where he helped coordinate health departments and community activists to develop ending the HIV epidemic plans in several jurisdictions around the country. He published a qualitative research project exploring the role of community mobilization in the US HIV response in 9 US cities. Kenyon is also the former executive director of Queers for Economic Justice, and has a long track record of community organizing work on criminalization, mass imprisonment, homelessness and HIV issues.
Sue Hyde is the longest-serving staff member of the National LGBTQ Task Force and currently directs the annual Creating Change Conference. From 1995 – 2007, she was a leader of the successful pro-marriage equality political struggles in Massachusetts. Prior to becoming director of Creating Change, Sue ran the Privacy Project, a state-level organizing campaign to challenge sodomy laws post-Hardwick v. Bowers; co-founded the Military Freedom Project, the first campaign to challenge the US Armed Forces laws and policies forbidding open service by LGBTQ people; and collaborated with ACT UP on numerous direct action demonstrations to end the HIV epidemic.
E. Denise Simmons is a former two-term Mayor of Cambridge, currently serving her 9th term on the City Council. Councilor Simmons has spent her adult life working to better her community – including time spent as Executive Director of the Cambridge Civic Unity Committee in the 1980s and as a member of the Cambridge School Committee in the 1990s. Councilor Simmons has sought to make municipal government more responsive, more inclusive, and more effective. In 2008, she drew national attention when she became the nation’s first Black, openly lesbian mayor (and the first Black female mayor in Massachusetts). During her time in office, she has been particularly focused on working to preserve and increase the city’s stock of affordable housing, and she has worked to open opportunities for residents to obtain that housing. She has drafted and supported legislation promoting fairer affordable housing practices, she has counseled and advocated for constituents one-on-one, and she has released a guide to help people search for and navigate through the affordable housing process. She also leads efforts to open up job training opportunities for greater numbers of Cambridge residents, and to champion jobs that pay living wages and treat workers fairly. In addition to being a policy maker, she continually works to see that everybody has a voice in the conversations that shape the Cambridge community.
Gretchen Brion-Meisels is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research seeks to explore partnerships between youth and adults that support both individual and collective development. She is particularly interested in using Youth Participatory Action Research to investigate and reform student support efforts, as well as to build positive school climate. Gretchen has participated in a variety of research projects including investigations of: adolescents' perspectives of schooling and community-based work, social emotional learning in schools, holistic student support systems, and the intersections of bullying and discrimination in prevention research and practice. Her courses focus on supporting positive youth development, creating loving educational spaces, and partnering with youth in educational research and practice.
Jared Fox is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Liaison at the NYC Department of Education. In this position he works to ensure the NYCDOE is safe and supportive for all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. He is the first person to hold this position.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Fox received his B.A. in Community Organizing/Activism and Politics from Lake Forest College outside of Chicago. He then launched a career driven by his conviction that all students should receive an excellent education, which took him to New Orleans, Louisiana. He relocated to New York City in 2012 and began working for the New York City Department of Education.
Asa Sevelius, Ed.D., he/him/his, is the principal of the Heath School in Brookline, Massachusetts. He is the first out transgender principal in the Commonwealth and amongst the very few out trans school leaders nationwide. As an educator, Dr. Sevelius has a clear commitment to issues of social justice, closing opportunity gaps, high-quality early childhood education, and fair assessment and evaluation practices. School culture and professional development are particular passions of his. Before leading Heath School, Asa was the Principal of the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston. He has also taught in Northern California and Japan. In 2016, Dr. Sevelius earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Boston College. Before that, he earned degrees from both Lesley University (M.Ed.) and Indiana University (BA).
Tim’m T. West is a Cincinnati native who was raised and educated k-12 in Arkansas. He is an educator, poet, youth advocate, and Hip Hop artist who has, for decades, traveled the nation speaking about issues at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, and social justice. A graduate of Duke University, The New School, and Stanford University, he is a widely anthologized and celebrated author. A strong advocate for art education, Tim’m works to amplify voices of students from low-income communities as a gateway to self-determined existences and experiences in thriving. He served as Director of Youth Services at Chicago’s Center on Halsted by creating measurable outcomes for LGBTQ youth achievement and transformation through a program designed to create academic, vocational, and extracurricular concentrations in an affirming setting absent in many schools students attended. Currently, Tim’m is working to advance a more intersectional movement for educational equity at Teach For America as Senior Managing Director of its LGBTQ Community Initiative. In this role he works to advocate for safer and braver classrooms through what he has for years called #BraveEducation. Working alongside a diverse number of partner organizations, Tim’m builds strategic relationships to ensure all students receive a quality education.
Jessica Halem, MBA is the LGBT Program Director for Harvard Medical School where she leads inclusion efforts for faculty, staff, students and trainees throughout the school and its 15 hospitals. Previously, she worked with former Congresswoman Bella Abzug to organize women leaders from around the world to advocate at the United Nations. Jessica was then recruited to be the Executive Director of the Lesbian Community Cancer Project in Chicago. In 2008, she was invited to serve on Barack Obama's first LGBT Advisory Committee. While in Chicago, she trained at Second City where she cultivated her humor skills and led a successful comedy career for 15 years.
Kendra Thomas is the VP, Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Pearson. Kendra's primary focus is on partnering with Pearson's business leaders to create a dynamic, inclusive workplace the fuels innovation and facilitates Pearson's mission to help people make measurable progress in their lives through learning. Kendra is responsible for development and implementation of Pearson's global diversity and inclusion strategy.
Kendra has worked as a diversity and inclusion and human resources practitioner in large, complex organizations across an array of industries, including healthcare, transportation, and government. Kendra is a dynamic public speaker and diversity thought leader, speaking frequently on topics such as Leading Beyond the Buzzwords, Leveraging Gender Intelligence, and Fast Thinking & Unconscious Bias. She has been recognized by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association as a 2016 Rising Star and featured as a Top Woman Leader in The Boston Globe Magazine.
Kendra holds a bachelor's degree in socio-political communications from Missouri State University and a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law. Kendra is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
Timothy Patrick McCarthy is an award-winning scholar, educator, activist, and public servant. He holds a joint faculty appointment in Harvard's undergraduate honors program in History and Literature, the Graduate School of Education, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he is Core Faculty and Director of Culture Change & Social Justice Initiatives at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. He is also the Stanley Paterson Professor of American History in the Boston Clemente Course in the Humanities in Dorchester, MA, a free college humanities course for low-income adults and co-recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal. The adopted only son of public school teachers and factory workers, Dr. McCarthy graduated with honors in History and Literature from Harvard, and earned his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in History from Columbia. His courses-"American Protest Literature," "Stories of Slavery and Freedom," and "Arts of Communication"-are consistently among the most popular and highly rated at Harvard. In 2017, the Harvard Crimson selected him as one of Harvard's "15 Professors of the Year." A historian of politics and social movements, Dr. McCarthy is author or editor of five books from the New Press, including Stonewall's Children: Living Queer History in the Age of Liberation, Loss, and Love, forthcoming in 2019. Dr. McCarthy and his husband live in Cambridge, MA.
Selisse Berry is the Founder of Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Since 1996, Selisse has built the Global LGBT Workplace Equality movement by creating a network of multi-national companies and federal agencies to work toward LGBT education, empowerment, and visibility. When Selisse founded Out & Equal, less than 4% of Fortune 500 companies had LGBT protections. Through her tireless and fervent efforts 96% of companies now protect their LGBT employees. In the past 20 years, Selisse’s work has impacted more than 40 million people in over 50 countries and she has brought the promise of equality to Fortune 1,000 companies and US Government Agencies. Selisse has been awarded with honors from universities, corporations, media institutions, and legislators around the world.
Sasha Costanza-Chock is a scholar, activist, and media-maker, and currently Associate Professor of Civic Media at MIT. They are a Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Faculty Affiliate with the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Center for Civic Media, and creator of the MIT Codesign Studio (codesign.mit.edu). Their work focuses on social movements, transformative media organizing, and design justice. Sasha’s first book, Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets: Transmedia Organizing and the Immigrant Rights Movement was published by the MIT Press in 2014. They are a board member of Allied Media Projects (AMP); AMP convenes the annual Allied Media Conference and cultivates media strategies for a more just, creative and collaborative world (alliedmedia.org).
Fran is Executive Editor of Hello Mr., co-host of the Food 4 Thot podcast, and co-creator of Communion, a not-for-profit queer-only dinner gathering and artist collective. He has been published in Vice, Buzzfeed, Broadly, them., INTO, and Teen Vogue and has been recognized as one of Brooklyn's 30 Under 30 for his work in editing, researching, documenting, convening, and creating community for queer people.
Meredith Talusan is the Executive Editor of them., Condé Nast's LGBTQ+ digital platform, as well as an award-winning journalist and author. She has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, VICE Magazine, and many other publications. Her memoir, Fairest, is forthcoming from Viking / Penguin Random House.
Jennifer DeClue is Assistant Professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. Her research focuses on queer studies, black feminism, and visual culture. Jennifer’s most recent publications appear in the anthology No Tea No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies as well as the Black Issue in TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. Jennifer’s current research project, Ghosts of Visual Culture: Archives of Violence and the Black Feminist Avant-Garde, examines cinematic works by black women cultural producers who visualize archives of Reconstruction and Jim Crow era violence as well as imagine a past in which black women’s sexuality and desire has a place in the archive of U.S. racial formation.
Big Dipper is the raunchy big boy bear of internet rap. His unique sound and catchy wordplay challenge typical hip-hop tropes, and his fat boy style brings all the boys to the yard. Big Dipper’s live show has been performed all over the world; and with almost 2M views on his youtube channel, he is best known for his viral music videos: LaCroix Boi, Drip Drop, Meat Quotient, and Skank. Big Dipper was named one of Hip Hop's Queer Pioneers by DETAILS magazine and has been profiled by VICE , Red Eye Chicago, the Huffington Post, Out.com, Chicago Reader, and more. You can find his music on iTunes or for FREE on his website: bigdipperjelly.com
Jeff is an award-winning journalist, essayist, and author of Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America. A former staff writer at Time and editor at Fast Company, he has reported from more than three dozen countries on six continents. Jeff's work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Travel+Leisure, the Wall Street Journal, and numerous other publications. His 2016 series on the spiritual lives of LGBTQ Ugandans won an Excellence in Journalism award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. An alumnus of Princeton University and the London School of Economics, he is now pursuing an M.Div. at Princeton Seminary, and in his free time, you can find him weeding, composting, and planting at the Farminary, the seminary's 21-acre farm. Jeff offers as proof of life's inexplicable weirdness the fact that he, a suburban kid who lived in Brooklyn for over a decade and has managed to kill almost everything he has ever tried to grow, recently became a contributing editor at Modern Farmer magazine.
L. Frank Manriquez is a Two-Spirit Tongva/Ajachmem artist, tribal scholar, cartoonist, language advocate, and self-described "decolonizationist." L. Frank is co-founder of Advocates for Indigenous Language Survival and served on the board of The Cultural Conservancy and the Indian Basketweavers Association. L. Frank was a water protector at Standing Rock and is the author of two books: Acorn Soup and First Families: A Photographic History of California Indians. Her art has been featured in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. She has won several awards for her activities, including from the American Association of University Women, the James Irvine Foundation, the Fund for Folk Culture.
Our Lady J is a writer and producer on the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning series Transparent and Ryan Murphy's upcoming TV series Pose. As a singer/songwriter, she released her first studio album "Picture Of A Man" to critical acclaim in 2013. As a pianist, she has collaborated Sia, Lady Gaga, Scissor Sisters, and Broadway stars Chita Rivera, Christine Ebersole, and Justin Vivian Bond. Our Lady J holds the honor of being the first out trans woman to perform at Carnegie Hall and has been featured on Out Magazine's "Out 100," and the Huffington Post's list of "transgender icons."
The Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D., is pastor to Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Harvard Square and American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University. His books include, A Brief Guide to Ministry with LGBTQIA Youth (Westminster John Knox, 2017), Trouble the Water: A Christian Resource for the Work of Racial Justice (Nurturing Faith, 2017), Microaggressions in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church (Westminster John Knox, 2015), and Queer Lessons for Churches on the Straight and Narrow (FaithLab, 2013). Cody earned the Ph.D. in pastoral theology and pastoral counseling from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. He teaches on the adjunct faculty in pastoral care at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Mass., and is an Institute Associate at the Taos Institute.
Rabbi Steven Greenberg received his B.A. in philosophy from Yeshiva University and his rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He is a faculty member of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and a Senior Teaching Fellow at CLAL. Rabbi Greenberg is a founder of the Jerusalem Open House, Jerusalem's first gay and lesbian community center, advancing the cause of social tolerance in the Holy City. In 2001 he appeared in Trembling Before G-d, a documentary about gay and lesbian Orthodox Jews, and joined the film maker, Sandi DuBowski, carrying the film across the globe as a tool for dialogue in 500 post-screening dialogues. He is the author of Wrestling with God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition, (University of Wisconsin Press) for which he won the Koret Jewish Book Award for Philosophy and Thought in 2005. Rabbi Greenberg is currently the Founding Director of Eshel, an Orthodox LGBT community support, education and advocacy organization. He lives with his partner Steven Goldstein and daughter Amalia in Boston.
Knowing intimately that the borderlands are a place of learning and growth, Robyn draws on their identity and heritage as a Transqueer Latinx in everything that they do. From doubt to divine and everywhere in between, their call as an activist-theologian demands the vision to disrupt hegemony and colonialist structures of multi-layered oppressions. As an anti-oppression, anti-racist, non-binary Trans*gressive Latinx, Robyn takes seriously their call as an activist theologian and ethicist to bridge together theories and practices that result in communities responding to pressing social concerns. Robyn sees this work as a life-orienting vocation, deeply committed to translating theory to practice, and embedded in re-imagining our moral horizon to one which privileges a politics of radical difference. Robyn has a PhD in Constructive Philosophical Theology & Ethics from The University of Denver.
N. Ahmad Khan is a co-founder and co-facilitator of Queer Muslims of Boston, one of a trans-national network of grassroots, context-specific, and locally-organized third spaces for community and religious expression for Muslims who identify as LGBTQ+. Khan grew up in a Pakistani immigrant family in the Middle East and the US. He has worked with the Greater Boston Muslim Health Initiative and is starting to work with the Muslim Justice League. Having studied religion in graduate school and being part of the public health community as well, Khan believes in the cultivation of spiritual nourishment in all spaces and relationships as well as the need to understand and mitigate the health impact of the struggles of the LGBTQ+ community. Like Queer Muslims of Boston on Facebook!
Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown created and run Instagram’s @lgbt_history, which provides well-researched, inclusive, accessible, and often-overlooked details of queer history. Leighton is an attorney and he is working on a book for Ten Speed Press based on the account.
Gonzalo Casals is the Director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York. His experience ranges from innovative cultural programming, authentic community engagement strategies, and progressive cultural policy. Gonzalo was part of the executive team that led Create NYC, the city’s first comprehensive cultural plan, commissioned by the NYC Department Of Cultural Affairs. He was also a member of the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers, a group that advised the New York City Mayor on issues surrounding public art and historic monuments and markers on City-owned property. Gonzalo teaches Arts, Culture and Public Policy at the Roosevelt House, Hunter College’s Policy Institute. As Vice President of Programs and Community Engagement at Friends of the High Line, he led the organization in a transformative process that shifted the focus of the organization to equitable cultural practices targeting neighbors and New Yorkers while becoming a model of equitable public space development in the US. For over 8 years, Gonzalo held various roles at El Museo del Barrio where his tenure was informed by ideas of cultural production as a vehicle to foster empowerment, social capital, and civic participation. He continues to explore these concepts as member of the Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts New York (NOCD-NY).
Joan Ilacqua is co-chair of the board of directors of The History Project: Documenting LGBTQ Boston. The History Project is a volunteer-driven community archives dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Boston’s LGBTQ history, and Joan serves on its Events & Outreach and Organization & Development committees. She also leads LGBTQ walking tours of Boston and conducts oral history interviews with LGBTQ elders. Joan is also the Archivist for Women in Medicine at Harvard Medical School where she works to ensure that the history of women leaders in medicine and the medical sciences are recognized in the Center for the History of Medicine’s archival collections. She serves on Harvard Medical School’s LGBT Committee, Equity and Social Justice Committee, and Joint Committee on the Status of Women. A graduate of UMass Boston’s Public History master’s program, Joan’s academic interests include the history of venereal disease, morality, passing women, and Sasquatch lore.
K.J. Rawson is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the College of the Holy Cross. He is also the Director of the Digital Transgender Archive, an online digital repository for transgender-related historical materials. His research and teaching interests include composition, rhetoric, digital media, and LGBT studies. His scholarship focuses on the rhetorical dimensions of queer and transgender archiving in both traditional and digital collections. With Eileen E. Schell, he co-edited Rhetorica in Motion: Feminist Rhetorical Methods and Methodologies (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010) and his scholarship has also appeared in Archivaria, Enculturation, Present Tense, QED, TSQ, and several edited collections.
Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown created and run Instagram’s @lgbt_history, which provides well-researched, inclusive, accessible, and often-overlooked details of queer history. Matthew, formerly an attorney, currently is working on a book for Ten Speed Press based on the account.
Arthur Lipkin, Ed.D., is a consultant to the MA DESE Safe Schools Program for LGBT Students and former Chair of the Massachusetts Commission on Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Youth. He taught the first course on GLBT school issues at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, directed the Safe Colleges Program of the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, the state Project for the Integration of Gay & Lesbian Youth Issues in School Personnel Certification Programs, and Project 10 East at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School. He is the author of Beyond Diversity Day: A Q & A on Gay and Lesbian Issues in Schools (Rowman & Littlefield, 2004) and Understanding Homosexuality, Changing Schools (Westview Press, 1999) and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Homosexuality. He also taught English and Social Studies in the Cambridge Public Schools for 20 years.
Estefania Rodriguez Sanchez is a teacher, coach, and consultant committed to challenging the master narratives that erase the histories of people of color and works to interrupt and dismantle racist practices and frameworks in education. Originally from Colombia, Rodriguez immigrated to Hartford, CT when she was five years old.. As a first-generation college student, Rodriguez fulfilled her dream of becoming an educator and returned to teach in the community that raised her. Rodriguez is dedicated to increasing the numbers of teachers of color in the classroom and supporting all teachers in using critical pedagogy, ethnic studies, restorative justice, and community activism to empower students and their families. Currently, she is the K-8 History Instructional Coach for Cambridge Public Schools where she supports teachers in developing Culturally Sustaining practices and implementing social justice in the history curriculum. Ultimately, she sees education as liberation.
Estefania holds a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Learning and Teaching Program focused in Instructional Leadership and a BS in Social Studies Education from Boston University's, School of Education.