Ujju Aggarwal, an educator and organizer, has participated in efforts for immigrants’ rights, the intersections of arts and social justice, public education, and violence against women of color. She has been an organizer with the Parent Leadership Project, and Center for Immigrant Families, has taught at the Educational Opportunities Center, at Hunter College and elsewhere. She completed her doctorate in anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her doctoral research explored what contestations over public schools can illuminate about race, class, and gender, social reproduction, and urban space. Currently, she is an assistant professor of anthropology and experiential learning at the New School for Social Research.
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 directed La Union, a member-led organization in Sunset Park, Brooklyn that worked to advance social, cultural and economic justice for transnational families living in Brooklyn and for their communities of origin. Pastor Leticia is the mission developer for All Saints Lutheran Church & Iglesia Luterana de Todos los Santos.
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 over 31 years working closely with teachers, children, and their families. She has also been part of the Parent Leadership Project, a collaboration between Bloomingdale and the Center for Immigrant Families.
Edwin Mayorga has been a long time organizer for educational justice including with the New York Collective of Radical Educators (NYCoRE). 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 co-founder and co-researcher of the Education in our Barrios Project. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Studies and the Program in Latin American and Latino 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.