Bios in 140 characters or less.
Bethany M. Allen
Bethany is a still-evolving mother to three queer black kids and perennial daydreamer/occasional writer who stays tryna change the world.
Luraine is a teaching artist in the Boston area. Currently she is working towards her Masters in Theatre Education.
Suryani Dewa Ayu
Graduate of Cambridge public schools, mentored teens for five years, fortunate to have strong mentors.
After 40 years in education, Richard recently became a student of conflict resolution, and works in family, court, and prison programs.
Betsy creates plays based on issues of social justice. She is a social worker and manager of day care at Cambridge Rindge and Latin.
My class was called “bad”. I now work in prison as a counselor and I’m able to see how involuntary the path to incarceration often is.
Lauren is an artist enabler. She’s thrilled for the chance to use her skills in arts, education, and adult development through this work.
After teaching in a public middle school for 19 years, I now work as a gallery educator at the Bakalar & Paine galleries at MassArt.
A digital & performance storyteller for health activism with B.F.A from Emerson College & Ed.M from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Edward Byrne is an educator in Cambridge and has worked with other teachers and young people to interrupt the school to prison pipeline.
I strive to integrate research, pedagogy, and activism in my immediate communities and beyond.
After 30 years teaching, Abby Erdmann woke to racial inequity, challenged racism, developing equitable practices and curriculum.
As an educator, I feel implicated in how schools reinforce structural racism. I want–and urgently need–to be part of the solution.
Melissa Nussbaun Freeman
Performance artist playwright activist queer senior, prototyping creative, healing responses to hate is honored to be part of this project.
Molly has a Masters in Theatre Education from Emerson College, is a Teaching Artist, Actor, and Director and is honored to welcome you here.
is a life-long social justice activist, traveling between the worlds of higher education and the visual and performing arts.
graduated with her MDiv from Harvard Divinity School in 2016, where she supported incarcerated folks completing their bachelors’ degrees.
Black Lives Matter activist, playwright, and graduate student in gender and poverty studies.
A Roxbury native, a community activist and educator who specializes in social justice and equity in education, particularly in addressing disparities for black youth.
Ashley is blessed to be on her 16th year of being taught by young artists of all ages. She has been lifted and restored by her love of arts.
Artist and educator, my work focuses on using kinesthetic awareness as a catalyst to shape identity, foster empathy, and invite change.
Citywide Behavior Specialist since 2002, SPED & Behavioral Health expert, Outstanding Leadership in 2010 & 2013, Boston Public Schools.
dedicated to community building and social justice through dialogue and creative problem solving.
Quentin James is a teacher, writer, and comedian originally hailing from St. Louis, MO.
Master’s student in Gender & Cultural Studies. Interested in the the praxis of academia and activism, particularly through the use of media.
Nancy B. Kohn, MPH
Social change agent since 60’s Civil Rights Era. Co-convener of monthly Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Vigils in J.P. Cuba activist.
Kenny grew up in segregated Birmingham, Alabama. He teaches a seminar at Bunker Hill Community College on Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing.
Val is a mother, actor, teaching artist, and social activist. She is pursuing her Master of Arts in Theater Education at Emerson College
Mother, Researcher & Co-founder and President of The Robbins House, Inc.
Kathy is an assistant professor in teacher education at Wheelock College where she supports teachers to work for racial justice.
Educator, social worker, facilitator and relative of two incarcerated men. Excited to help people be brave enough to face internal struggles to then encourage positive social change.
June is honored to be among those supporting this innovative, timely work. Social justice is at the core of her practice as educator/actor.
Management consultant, trainer, facilitator, faculty, diversity assessment, executive coaching, training, and team-building.
Liz is an organizational development consultant and lives in Boston with her husband Jerry and their kids Liam and Nora.
Amanda is a gender specialist working in men and boys’ engagement in the gender justice movement.
Albert W. Pless Jr.
Albert W. Pless, Program Manager at the Cambridge Public Health Department has 20 years experience working in community-based programs.
Harvard College student; born and raised in Jackson, MS. Passionate about disrupting inequality, increasing opportunity, and sharing love.
An artist and oral historian with deep roots in Boston, Sammy believes that telling our stories is the work of personal and social freedom.
Fran Smith is a seasoned racial justice organizer working to dismantle racism within the Boston Public Schools.
Lifetime inclusive justice advocate. Harvard ’79. Episcopal priest for 14 years. Her political activism is inspired by liberal Christianity.
20+ year nonprofit professional bridging many sectors to promote economic development and community. Recently worked 3.5 years in Bolivia.
Sam W. Straus
Sam is an educator and consultant. He serves as a fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and with the Systemic Justice Project.
Brianna Suslovic is an MSW student at Smith. She holds a B.A. from Harvard and is committed to justice work as a queer woman of color.
Liza A. Talusan. Ph.D.
Liza is a mother-scholar-practitioner focused on identity consciousness. She is the Dir of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at The Park School.
After spending half of my life in the dark, I’ve finally awoken to the reality that we—as educators—usher urban kids into the prison system.
Black woman, Army brat, lives in New Hampshire who is a listener and facilitator looking forward to courageous conversations together.