Speakers

Nuala Cabral
Nuala Cabral, a Rhode Island native, is an educator, activist and award-winning filmmaker, who has taught media production and media literacy in high schools, colleges and community centers.  While earning a Master’s degree in Media Studies and Production from Temple University in 2010, Nuala co-founded FAAN Mail (Fostering Activism & Alternatives Now!) a media literacy/activist project formed by women of color.  Currently, Nuala manages communications and youth media programming at the University Community Collaborative, a youth leadership organization in Philadelphia.  In addition to her media interests, Nuala is a founding member of the Black Feminist Working Group and board member of Stop Street Harassment.

 

Ginetta Candelario
Ginetta Candelario, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Sociology, Director of the Program in Latin American and Latina/o Studies and a faculty affiliate of the Study of Women and Gender Program at Smith College. Her first book, Black Behind the Ears: Dominican Identity From Museums to Beauty Shops (Duke University Press, 2007), received the 2009 Best Book Award from the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association and the 2008 Best Book Award from the New England Council of Latin American Studies. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Scholars Program, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the City University of New York Graduate Center, Smith College Mellon Fellowships, Five Colleges, Inc., and the Rappaport Foundation. She was the Latina/o Studies Program Track Chair and the Gender Section Co-Chair for the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) for 2006–2007. In addition, she is on the editorial boards of various journals including: Meridians: Race, Feminism, Transnationalism and Latin American and Caribbean Ethnicities.
Annie
Annie Delgado is entering her sixth year of teaching women’s studies at the high school level. Since launching in January 2008, over 450 students have completed the course. In June, the class received the “Civic Learning Award of Merit.” A second high school course is currently in development, with an emphasis on global women’s studies. Students enrolled in the course have had the opportunity to meet and interview such female trailblazers as Gloria Steinem, Dee Dee Myers and Maria Shriver. The long-term goal, for Ms. Delgado, is to see a women’s studies course in every high school in the nation. Ms. Delgado earned her undergraduate degree from Trinity University in Washington, D.C., her juris doctor from The Catholic University of America and Master’s in Education from Chapman University.

 

Barbara Easley was a classroom teacher, department chair and social studies coordinator for Hazelwood School District, St. Louis, MO for 35 years. She presently teaches social studies methods courses and is a studio school liaison for University of Mo.-St. Louis. She works with teacher candidates during their year-long preparation to become teachers. During her tenure in Hazelwood, she worked with teacher to create curriculum for all required and elective courses in social studies and helped see the new women’s studies elective created. She has also received fellowships to study in Japan, Korea, and Indonesia and focused on women’s issues in these countries. She has three children, five grandchildren and enjoys not only staying involved in the academic arena, but gardening, walking, and creating special events for her grandchildren. She has degrees from Webster University.

 

dana
Dana Edell, Ph.D., is an activist-scholar-artist and has been the executive director of SPARK Movement since May 2011. She teaches education, qualitative research methods, and theater and social change courses at New York University and the City University of New York. From 2002-2012, she was co-founder/executive director of viBe Theater Experience where she produced and co-directed more than 60 plays, 7 CDs of original music, 8 music videos and 3 radio episodes all written and performed by girls. Before moving to New York City, she co-founded and directed Inside/Out Performing Arts, a theater-making program for girls affected by the juvenile justice system in San Francisco and worked for three years as a theater artist-in-residence in NYC public elementary and middle schools. She has spoken as an expert on girls’ issues on ABC’s 20/20, Al Jazeera’s The Stream, Fox News, Fox & Friends, BBC and NPR. She has a BA with honors in Classics/Ancient Greek from Brown University, an MFA in Theater Directing from Columbia University and a PhD in Educational Theater from NYU.

 

sarah-ghabrial
Sarah Ghabrial is a feminist scholar and activist living in Montreal, Quebec. Since 2005, she has been a founding member of The Miss G Project for Equity in Education, a grassroots collective dedicated to fighting oppression in and through the public education system and to increasing safety and accessibility for all students. Under this mandate, the main goal of The Miss G Project has been the inclusion of a Gender Studies course in the Ontario secondary school curriculum. In 2012, the Project and its supporters were thrilled to see this dream realized, after eight years of advocacy, organizing provincial campaigns, stakeholder consultation, and a highly photogenic round of croquet on the front lawn of the provincial legislature. Currently, Sarah is an advanced doctoral candidate in History at McGill University, where she teaches African and Middle-Eastern studies, and is about to complete a dissertation on family law reform and the legal management of sexual and racial difference in French Algeria. Her interest in the politics of difference and the intersections of feminism and ‘multiculturalism’ extends to Canadian current issues, and she also writes about the cultural meaning of the “boy crisis” and “Asian invasion” moral panics in public education.

 

hollykearl

Holly Kearl is the founder of the nonprofit organization Stop Street Harassment and author of two books about street harassment, including the just-released 50 Stories about Stopping Street Harassers. She also works as a consultant for the United Nations’ Global Safe Cities Initiative and for AAUW and she will join the Op-Ed Project staff as a senior facilitator in November. Previously, Holly worked at AAUW for nearly 6 years in the Legal Advocacy Fund department and co-authored the national study Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School. She received a Master’s in public policy and women’s studies from George Washington University and undergraduate degrees in history and women and gender studies from Santa Clara University.

 

IleanaJimenez
Ileana Jiménez has been a leader in the field of social justice education for the past 15 years. She is the founder and sole blogger at Feminist Teacher. Jiménez is the recipient of the Distinguished Fulbright Award in Teaching, with which she spent the better part of 2011 conducting research on LGBT youth in schools as well as leading workshops and talks on bullying throughout Mexico City. In New York, Jiménez is a high school English teacher where she also teaches courses on feminism and LGBT issues, bringing feminist theory and activism to a new generation of young feminists. NOW-NYC awarded her the Susan B. Anthony Award in 2012. In 2010, the Feminist Press named her one of their 40 Feminists Under 40. In 2009, she was named one of the 40 Women of Stonewall by the Stonewall Foundation as well as one of the 30 Women Making History by the Women’s Media Center.

 

Karon Jolna

Karon Jolna, Ph.D., is a nationally known lecturer and consultant on women, diversity and leadership.  She is a research scholar at UCLA, where she developed a seminal undergraduate course on women and leadership within the Department of Women’s Studies. The course was featured in Ms. magazine (Winter 2011), “A Roadmap for Leadership: Why Women’s Studies Needs the Sort of Course This Author Teaches.” With the support of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, she is writing a book based on her interviews with diverse women leaders about how they turn challenges into success – and make a difference in the world. Dr. Jolna directs the Ms. in the Classroom program, which is an innovative digital teaching curriculum based on Ms. magazine and designed for use in both online and traditional women’s studies courses across the country.  Dr. Jolna was among the first wave of scholars to earn a Women’s Studies Ph.D. in North America from Emory University.

 

ramesh-kathanadhi
ramesh kathanadhi is the Internship Coordinator at Men Stopping Violence (MSV).  He works with young and adult men through the internship and volunteer pools.   As a member of MSV’s training team  he engages fathers through Because We Have Daughters™, helps train violence intervention programs and communities through MSV’s Men At Work and Mobilizing Men Trainings.  He previously worked on a statewide public health project in California demonstrating strategies for teen dating violence prevention in middle schools.  ramesh graduated from UC Berkeley with a major in Legal Studies and a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and is lucky to have helped launch Bay Area Solidarity Summer and become a member of the Brown Boi Project more recently.

 

Jennifer Martin

Jennifer L. Martin, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of education at the University of Mount Union. Dr. Martin previously worked in public education for 17 years, 15 of those as the department head of English at an alternative high school for students labeled at-risk where she started a successful women’s studies program.  Dr. Martin is the editor of the two-volume series Women as Leaders in Education: Succeeding Despite Inequity, Discrimination, and Other Challenges (Praeger, 2011) which examines the intersections of class, race, gender, and sexuality for current and aspiring leaders from a variety of perspectives.  She has conducted research, published numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters on bullying and harassment, peer sexual harassment, educational equity, mentoring, issues of social justice, service-learning, and teaching at-risk students. Her other research interests include culturally responsive pedagogy, school reform for social justice, and women and leadership.

 

Kate McDonough
Kate McDonough is the new Director of Organizing at Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), a nonprofit based in Brooklyn, NY. As a genderqueer person, Kate has seen first-hand the various ways gender based violence manifests itself within our society and has a strong commitment to ending it. Prior to joining the GGE team, Kate was the Field Director on the Mel Wymore for City Council campaign. Before that, Kate was the Lead Organizer at the Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights and advocacy organization. Throughout their time at the Empire State Pride Agenda, Kate ran many of the organization’s statewide campaigns including the Pride Agenda’s transgender equality and justice advocacy and educational initiatives and the successful 2011 marriage campaign. Kate also organized communities to support the Dignity for all Students Act and coordinated the Pride Agenda’s statewide faith based organizing work.

 

KrystleMerchant

Krystle Merchant (@merchantkrystle) is currently pursuing an MA in Education and Society with a focus on Women and Gender Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Prior to her graduate work, she taught for five years at an all-girls’ independent school outside of Washington, DC.  Krystle taught United States History as well as two senior elective courses: Modern America and Women in America. The latter was taught as a women’s history course prior to Krystle’s tenure at the school. When she took over, Krystle stretched the course to include more of a focus on feminist scholarship, online organizing, and the personal meaning of feminism. In 2012, Krystle presented on feminism in the history classroom at the National Conference on Girls’ Education and the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference. She received a BA in History from Duke University in 2008.

 

Catherine Sameh
Catherine Sameh is Associate Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, and managing editor of The Scholar & Feminist Online. She is also in charge of BCRW’s Transnational Feminisms Project, which builds networks of movements for social justice across the globe so as to promote shared knowledge and resources with colleagues internationally. Catherine’s work at the Center draws on her expertise on transnational feminism developed in her dissertation, “Signatures, Networks, Rights: Iranian Feminism in the Transnational Sphere.” Her dissertation explored the role of transnational networks, cyber and print technologies in coalescing new political cultures, and considered how Iranian feminists reframe the putative opposition between religious (Islam) and secular (rights) discourses. Follow her on Twitter @czsameh.

 

Lara Shkordoff was the co-founder of the Miss G_Project for Equity in Education in Canada. She grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, but has lived in Boston since beginning law school in 2009. Since then, her work has focused on all aspects of U.S. health policy. She received her JD from Northeastern Law School and her Masters in Law and Public Health from Harvard University. She enjoys biking and boxing.

 

Dr. Stephanie Troutman

Stephanie Troutman, Ph.D., is the daughter of interracial, working class parents. A Black feminist scholar and first-generation college student, Stephanie received a Dual-Ph.D. in Education and Women’s Studies from The Pennsylvania State University in 2011. A former high school and middle grades public school teacher, Stephanie currently serves as Assistant Professor of Leadership & Education Studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. An interdisciplinary scholar, Stephanie’s research interests include issues of race, gender, and sexuality in relation to both popular culture and schooling- including educational policies, curriculum and pedagogy, media and youth discourses on issues of identity. Dr. Troutman discussed some of her work on empowering youth and female students of color on the KET program “Connections with Renee Shaw” earlier this year.

 

Michael Anthony Vargas
Michael Anthony Vargas, a first-generation college student, began teaching in the St. Louis area through the Teach For America program. He is now in his fifth year teaching in the Hazelwood School District, where he helped write and implement a first-of-its-kind course on Social Justice. With final approval from the Board of Education, Michael helped pilot the course during the 2012–2013 academic school year across the entire district. He also helped found So.J.A.M. (Social Justice Awareness Movement) at Hazelwood East High School, which is a student organization charged with creating awareness and promoting action in the community about social justice issues in our society. This year, Michael began teaching Women’s Studies. He has interned on Capitol Hill and worked with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and Presidential Classroom in Washington, DC. He has a Master’s in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri — St. Louis and earned his BA in Political Science from Brown University.

 

Geoffrey  Winder
Geoffrey Winder is a national queer youth organizer with over 10 years of experience in the Gay-Straight Alliance & LGBTQ student movement. Geoffrey entered youth organizing by starting and leading a GSA club in high school. He continued his activism at GSA Network as a youth leader on the Youth Council and then the Board of Directors. Now, as the Senior Manager for Racial and Economic Justice Programs, Geoffrey supports and advises statewide GSA networks on intersectional education policy issues and developing racial justice GSA/LGBTQ youth programming. He is nationally recognized for working to bring together the GSA movement and advocates working to end the school to prison pipeline such as the Alliance for Educational Justice and the Dignity in Schools Campaign; and pilots LGBTQ youth participation in statewide and national cross movement collaborations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Change Theory and Globalization from New York University’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study. Twitter handles: @GeoffreyWinder and @GSANetwork.

 

Wazina Zondon

Wazina Zondon is a sexuality educator, committed to justice and affirming and authentic spaces for all people. As an organizer and educator, she has trained in a variety of dynamic settings and communities on issues related to social justice, holistic sexuality and its intersections at the crossroads of race, class, gender and faith. Recently, Wazina was featured in the HBO documentary, The Out List, a series of intimate portraits of LGBTQ Americans. Currently, she teaches Sex Ed at a public school in downtown Brooklyn. When she is not teaching, she works on bringing the conversation of Coming Out Muslim: Radical Acts of Love to the public and is a member of the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE).