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2020 COSEBOC Gathering of Leaders

Speakers

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Bettina Love

Dr. Bettina L. Love is an Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. Her research is in the areas of anti-blackness in schools, hip hop education, and urban education.

In 2016, Dr. Love was named the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellow at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. She is also the creator of the Hip Hop civics curriculum GET FREE.

Dr. Love is a public speaker on a range of topics, including: antiblackness in schools, black girlhood, queer youth, and diversity and inclusion. In 2014, she was invited to the White House Research Conference on Girls to discuss her work focused on the lives of black girls.

She is an author of many books and journal articles and has also provided commentary for news outlets including NPR, The Guardian, and the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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Christopher Chatmon
Christopher P. Chatmon serves as the Senior Advisor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Oakland Unified School District and was named as a "Leader to Learn From" by Education Week magazine. Chatmon was also selected as a Campaign for Black Male Achievement “National Social Innovation Accelerator” in recognition of his commitment to improving life outcomes for all youth, especially African-American males.

Chatmon is passionate about uplifting the African-American community, and it is his life work to create pathways to success within Oakland and beyond. His leadership motivates educators and community members to engage, encourage, and empower young people regardless of gender or non-binary identity, race, class, or nationality.
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Michael Tuncap
Michael Tuncap was born in Guam, the son of Pacific Islander public servants, and raised in Tacoma, Washington. His was the first generation in his family to graduate from college. Tuncap graduated from University of Washington at Seattle with degrees in both Communications and Political Science. He received his M.A in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2005.

Professor Tuncap has worked in education and race relations since 1998. His experience includes: communities of color, Native Americans in Puget Sound, LGBTQ activists, and urban Pacific Islanders. From 2003 to 2009, he taught Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley; he now teaches in the School of Education at UW Tacoma. His pedagogical framework blends ancient Chamoru and Pacific traditions with contemporary social science approaches.

Tuncap is the founding Director of the Pacific Islander Studies Institute. He testified on their behalf before the United Nations Fourth Committee presenting his research on the right to self-determination of Guam.
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Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant
Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant, EdD is co-director of Forward Promise, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. An expert on child/youth development and education policy, Dr. Bryant has worked for over 20 years as an advocate for America’s young people, especially children of color.

Dr. Bryant’s work on behalf of early care and learning for low-income and migrant workers’ children has been recognised many times over the years. In 2013, she was appointed as a Senior Policy Analyst for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans.

Dr. Bryant is influenced in her work by the love she has for all the children and youth in her life, especially her own two children, Andrew and Leigha.
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Trish Millines Dziko

In 1996, Trish Millines Dziko co-founded Technology Access Foundation (TAF), a nonprofit leader focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in public schools as a tool both for realizing educational equality in low income communities and to ensure students of color have access to the skills needed to compete in the growing technology industry.

TAF's first efforts were out-of-school programs designed to prepare teenagers for tech-focused summer internships and towards college. The next step was TAF Academy, a 6th through 12th grade school co-managed with a public-school district. In 2014, TAF launched the STEMbyTAF School Transformation program to re-create public schools as transformative systems of learning for students and teachers of color by eliminating race-based disparities in an increasingly diverse society.

Trish is a committed, proactive leader serving on boards of directors for organizations that focus on children and education.

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