Ujju Aggarwal, a community organizer and educator, has participated in efforts for immigrants’ rights, the intersections of arts and social justice, public education, and violence against women of color. She is an organizer with the Parent Leadership Project, has taught at the Educational Opportunities Center and at Hunter College, and recently completed her doctorate in anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center, where her research explores what contestations over public schools can illuminate about race, class, and gender, social reproduction, and urban space. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas, Austin.
Dinu Ahmed is a community organizer working on educational justice in the South Bronx. She has a strong commitment to community-based work that builds power in working-class communities of color and challenges systemic abuse.
Leticia Alanis hails from Monterrey in Mexico, where she worked as a youth educator and directed educational programs for 18 years. Active in the immigrant rights movement since arriving from Mexico in 1996, she co-founded and now directs La Union, a member-led organization in Sunset Park, Brooklyn that works to advance social, cultural and economic justice for transnational families living in Brooklyn and for their communities of origin.
Gary L. Anderson is a professor in the Educational Leadership program in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. A former high school teacher and principal, he has published on topics such as participatory action research, critical ethnography, school micro-politics, and school reform and leadership. With Kathryn Herr, he has co-authored two books on action research; The Action Research Dissertation: A Guide for Students and Faculty. (2005, Sage Pub.) and Studying your own school: An educator’s guide to practitioner action research. (2nd ed. 2007, Corwin Press). His most recent book is Advocacy Leadership: Toward a Post-Reform Agenda (2009, Routledge).
Marilyn Barnwell has been a part of the Early Childhood field for almost 50 years – serving as a teacher, teacher-director, and adjunct instructor. She has been an education director at Bloomingdale Family Program–Head Start for the past 31 years working closely with teachers, children, and their families. The past two years she has been part of the Parent Leadership Project, a collaboration between Bloomingdale and the Center for Immigrant Families.
Edwin Mayorga has been involved in organizing for educational justice with the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE) for 8 years. He is also a participant in the National Latino Education Research & Policy Project (NLERAP) and has been part-time faculty at Hunter College and New York University. He was a NYC elementary school teacher, and is completing his doctoral work in Urban Education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His dissertation examines the racialization of Latinos through contestation over education reform in NYC in the current period of racial capitalism. He is currently an Instructor in the Department of Educational Studies at Swarthmore College.
Tina Pack, LMSW, has been an active public school parent for over 15 years. She has participated as a parent leader within schools and in numerous campaigns for educational justice. In addition to her commitment to her own children, she has advocated for children, youth, and families within public education systems serving grades pre-k through college.