Founding member. Beaudelaine Pierre est née et a grandi en Haïti. Son premier roman Testaman a remporté le premier prix du Concours de Roman en Créole du journal Bon Nouvèl. En 2012, elle a coédité avec Nataša Ďurovičová, How to Write an Earthquake, une anthologie sur le tremblement de terre du 12 janvier 2010 en Haïti. Pierre vit aujourd’hui à Saint-Paul, Minnesota avec ses deux enfants, Max en Annie.
Elizabeth Sumida Huaman
Current member. The granddaughter of humble farmers with great love for their homelands, Indigenous educational researcher Elizabeth Sumida Huaman works to fulfill her ancestors’ visions for a beautiful world. She is Wanka/Quechua from the Mantaro Valley, Peru, and associate professor of Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her work focuses on the relationship between Indigenous lands and natural resources, cultural practices, and in and out-of-school educational development in the Americas.
Founding member. Hale is a lecturer and PhD candidate in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. Situated between political theory and feminist philosophy, their research attends to the junctions and conflicts of nationalism, archives, exhumation and testimony to document and name violence in Guatemala. They have been a gender violence victim advocate in St. Paul, Minnesota for four years. In addition to advocacy, research, and teaching, Hale is a creative writer and musician.
Founding/current member. Julie is a PhD candidate in geography at the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on struggles over resource extraction, particularly gold and uranium mining, in the Black Hills of western South Dakota. In this, she critiques the various ways that non-Indigenous worldviews attempt to minimize, eliminate, and otherwise do violence to Lakota knowledges of their ancestral homelands. Julie lives in Rapid City, SD, in the shadow of the beautiful Black Hills. She considers it an honor to live and work alongside creative, brilliant defenders of Lakota sovereignty.
Founding/current member. Keavy is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Minnesota. Her research explores the centrality of education landscapes to imaginations, negotiations, and enactments of urban futures in Chicago. Through her work, she examines how urban dynamics – whether gentrification, speculative development, neighborhood change – are articulated and negotiated through the education landscape. In addition, Keavy is interested in critical cartography, poetry, and questions of epistemic justice and solidarity.
Founding/current member. Richa writes, organizes, performs, shares, and builds in whatever languages, genres, and modes of learning are available to her. She has studied and worked in the US since 1989, but feels most alive when she is immersed in the thick honey of the everyday Urdu, Hindi, and Awadhi that she grew up with in the narrow lanes of Old Lucknow. An anti-disciplinary border-crosser, she believes in agitating stabilized ways of knowing and telling through collective creativity. Richa has learned from, and grown with, her colleagues-students-teachers at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she has been a faculty member since 1997. She has worked intimately with the Sangtin Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan and Parakh Theatre since their founding in the mid-2000s. To read more, click ‘Richa Nagar’ above.
Founding/current member. Sara was raised along the shores of two archipelagoes, Bahrain and the Philippines, with songs and stories of moon-swallowing whales, mountains bursting into flames, and giants reigning over ancient plains. Focusing on K-12 education in Bahrain, Sara’s research crosses multiple borders to bring into question the intertwining histories and structural conditions producing a particular knowledge about the desired girl citizen-subject. Through girls’ enactments of political agency and imaginations of success, Sara also traces how they creatively engage with this knowledge and move past its rationales and scripts. In her other life, Sara is a teacher, writer, storyteller, and community-organizer.
Current member. Sima’s work has been shaped by experiences of living through a revolution, a war, and displacement. Multiple itineraries, from Tehran to San Francisco, Oakland, Toronto, Houston, suburbs of Boston, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis have inspired Sima’s activism, poetry, and scholarship on immigration, queerness, refugeedom, and geopolitics. Sima’s commitment to social justice is informed by the relationship between people’s struggles transnationally. To learn more about Sima’s work, click ‘Sima Shakhsari’ above.
New York, USA
London, United Kingdom
Elizabeth Sumida Huaman
M. Jacqui Alexander
Mazhar Ahmad Al-Zo’by
Nayantara Sheoran Appleton
Wellington, New Zealand
Ruth Nicole Brown
Surafel Wondimu Abebe
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia