Jenna Chandler-Ward

Co-FOUNDER

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Jenna has been an educator in non-profits, schools and colleges for over 20 years, working with students from kindergarten to graduate level. Most recently, Jenna has been a middle school English and drama teacher outside of Boston for the last ten years. Jenna is also a founder and co-director of the Multicultural Teaching Institute, which produces workshops and a conference for educators on issues of equity and inclusion. Jenna currently lives in Cambridge, MA and is a teacher and diversity consultant, specializing in professional development for educators on issues of whiteness and its impacts on teaching and learning. She holds a M.Ed. from Pepperdine University, and a bachelor’s degree from Marlboro College. 

 

Elizabeth Denevi

Co-FOUNDER

Elizabeth works with schools nationally to increase equity, promote diversity pedagogy, and implement strategic processes for growth and development. She also serves as an adjunct professor at Lewis & Clark College in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Previously, she served as the director of studies and professional development at Latin School of Chicago. In this position, Elizabeth was responsible for the stewardship and integration of curriculum from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, as well as for the oversight and coordination of professional development and evaluation for all faculty. She also served as a co-leader of the School’s accreditation team. At Georgetown Day School (DC) she served as the co-director of diversity and a senior administrator for 10 years. Elizabeth also worked at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School (VA) to create a comprehensive professional development program. She has taught English and history at a number of schools including Castilleja School (CA), San Francisco University High School (CA), and Vail Mountain School (CO). Elizabeth has published and presented extensively on diversity and academic excellence, social justice, and equity issues. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of London, Institute of Education, a master’s degree from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. She also holds an Oregon Preliminary Administrative License.

Randolph Carter

Senior ConsultanT

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As both the founder of East Ed and a member of the Black Panther Party, Randolph has devoted his career to promoting equity and diversity in education and communities. He is currently directing the campus diversity efforts at Portland Community College, Cascade Campus. He was a Fellow in the Harvard University School Leadership Program, Graduate School of Education, where he received a master’s degree in education with a school leadership qualification. He is currently a doctoral student in the School of Education Leadership and Change at Fielding University. He was a middle school reading specialist, a school administrator, and while at the National Association of Independent Schools, he directed their equity programming and founded two of their signature projects: People of Color Conference and Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Randolph has also served on numerous school boards, including Fielding Graduate University and the Institute for Community Enrichment. He is a member of the Education Committee of the New Press. His publications include peer-reviewed articles and book reviews published in national journals.

 

Yocelin S. González

executive assistant

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As an admission professional and diversity practitioner for over ten years, her experiences includes schools in New England and Los Angeles. Through the years, Yocelin work has been dedicated to the recruitment and retention of students of color in independent school as well as the development and implementation of equity and inclusion programs and curriculum focused on identity and development and anti-racist and anti-bias work at the K-12 level. Yocelin has also served as a faculty member of NAIS’ Student Diversity Leadership Conference and is currently the co-director of the Multicultural Teaching Institute, which produces workshops and conferences for educators on issues of equity and inclusion.

 

Production & Editing Team

Michael Brosnan

Senior Editor

Michael Brosnan is a writer, editor, and educator living in Exeter, New Hampshire. From 1997 to 2017, he served as editor for Independent School, an award-winning quarterly published by the National Association of Independent Schools. He has taught writing and English classes at the University of New Hampshire, Phillips Exeter Academy, Queens College, C.W. Post College, and Hebron Academy — and has led writing workshops for educators. He is the author of Against the Current: How One School Struggled and Succeeded with At-Risk Kids (Heinemann) and editor of The Inclusive School: A Selection of Writing on Diversity Issues in Independent Schools (NAIS). He has also written three diversity-related monographs for the Association of Independent Schools in New England. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines including New Letters, Barrow Street, Prairie Schooner, Borderlands, The Moth, Confrontation, and Rattle.

 

Kate Ellis

Story editor

Kate Ellis is an award-winning public radio and podcast producer recognized for creating groundbreaking documentaries and books on twentieth century U.S. history, race relations, and public affairs.

 

Lyra Smith

Sound Mixer/Editor

Lyra Smith is an editor and sound mixer. Most recently, she mixed S-Town, the highly acclaimed new podcast from the producers of This American Life and Serial.