Dr. Nora Volkow is an expert in Drug Abuse and Addiction. She is the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her research focuses on the toxic and addictive properties of abusable drugs. She has made important contributions to research regarding the neurobiology of obesity, ADHD, and aging. She works in Bethesda, Maryland.
Ellen Oh is co-founder and President of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) a grassroots organization that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people. A former attorney and college instructor, Ellen is also the author of the YA fantasy trilogy, The Prophecy Series, by HarperTeen, and the middle grade book The Spirit Hunters, to be released in 2017. She was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Notable People of 2014.
Author and President of We Need Diverse Books campaign
Areas of Expertise: Children’s Fiction, Social Activism through Literature
Karsonya (Kaye) Wise Whitehead is an assistant professor of communication and African and African American studies at Loyola University Maryland. Her work focuses on the intersection of race, class and gender. An award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher, she has become a prominent, candid voice on race relations and African American culture.
In 2013, Whitehead was selected as one of four experts to present at President Obama’s first Black History Month panel at the White House. In addition to her academic work, she is an accomplished documentarian; her films “Twin Towers: A History” and “Life Lessons Learned in Last Place: The Zoe Koplowitz Story” were nominated for New York Emmys.
Assistant Professor of Communication and African and African American Studies, Loyola University Maryland
Areas of Expertise: Intersection of Race, Class and Gender; African American and African Culture; Race Relations; Working in Diverse Environments
Sociologist Claudia Galindospoke to NPR’s Claudio Sanchez about the academic shortcomings of Latino children compared to their white counterparts. Galindo was part of a team of researchers that studied Latino parents and how they prepare their kids for school.
“We found that Latino kids bring to school strong emotional skills and strong social skills, which means they know how to share with their peers. They know how to follow instructions. They know how to listen. And…these kids are being raised in very supportive and warm family environments.“