Kristin Henning

Kristin Henning is a Professor of Law and Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic and Initiative at Georgetown Law. She is an expert on Juvenile Justice, Adolescence and Policing, and Race. 

Henning was previously the Lead Attorney for the Juvenile Unit of the D.C. Public Defender Service and is currently the Director of the Mid-Atlantic Juvenile Defender Center.

She is also President of the Board of Directors for the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, and has served as an expert consultant on juvenile justice to a number of state and federal agencies. 

Henning has represented juveniles in serious cases, supervised and trained new Public Defender Service attorneys, and coordinated and conducted training for court-appointed attorneys representing juveniles. 

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Areas of Expertise: Juvenile Justice, Race, Adolescence and Policing, Juvenile Justice Reform

Location: Washington D.C. 

Contact Info:


       Phone: (202) 215-5754

       Twitter: @profkrishenning

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Donna Ford, Ph.D.

Donna Y. Ford is a Professor of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. She teaches in the university’s Department of Special Education as well as its Department of Teaching and Learning. Her research/writing focuses on multicultural/urban education of minority children and youth and practices of recruiting and retaining students of color in gifted and Advanced Placement programs.

She is the author of several books and more than 200 publications and co-founded the Scholar Identity Institute for Black Males at Vanderbilt. In 2014 she was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Literature Instruction in recognition of publication of her book, Recruiting and Retaining Culturally Different Students in Gifted Education.

 Professor of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

Areas of Expertise: Education, special education, youth of color, multicultural classroom practices, African-American identity, African-American family involvement, recruiting and retaining students of color in gifted education

Contact Information


Phone: (615) 322-4460

Twitter: @donnayford

Anna Maria Chávez

Anna Maria Chávez is the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. She is the first woman of color to hold this position and an expert on women’s leadership, youth development, and public policy. Previously, she served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Urban Relations and Community Development under former Arizona Governor, Janet Napolitano. In 2016, Anna Maria Chávez was the recipient of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s Medallion of Excellence Award. She works in New York, New York. 


CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA

Location: New York, New York

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Pedro Noguera

Pedro Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Prior to UCLA, he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at NYU and Harvard. He is the author of eleven books and over 200 articles and monographs. He has recently co-authored several books, including Excellence Through Equity (Corwin 2015) and School for Resilience: Improving the Life Trajectory of African American and Latino Boys (Harvard Education Press 2014).

Noguera currently on the boards of numerous local and national organizations, including Economic Policy Institute, the Young Women’s Leadership Institute, The After School Corporation and The Nation Magazine. He was previously Governor of the Trustees for the State University of New York (SUNY), and was appointed to the National Academy of Education in 2014. Noguera recently received awards from the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences/Sage, National Association of Secondary Principals, and the McSilver Institute at NYU for various achievements and research efforts. Dr. Noguera appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets.

Pedro Noguera

Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.

Areas of Expertise: School Reform, Community Engagement in Schools, School Violence/Discipline, Education Policy, Youth Development, Teacher Efficacy, Parent Involvement in Schools

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Contact Information:
Phone: 310 206-9208
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Heard on AirTalk, 89.3 KPCC: Obama decree reignites questions over how much is too much testing in schools

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Last Verified: November 2015

Bakari Kitwana

Bakari Kitwana is the Editorial Director of Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop, which conducts townhall meetings across the US on difficult dialogues facing the hip-hop generation, and the Senior Media Fellow at the Harvard Law based Think Tank, The Jamestown Project. Kitwana wrote the bestselling book The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African American Culture, which is used as a coursebook in over 100 colleges and universities.

Kitwana was former executive editor of The Source: The magazine of hip-hop music, culture and politics and editorial director of Third World Press. He also taught political science at University of Chicago and was a visiting scholar at Columbia College. Kitwana is the author of the forthcoming book Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era set to publish later this fall.

Bakari Kitwana

Editorial Director of Rap Sessions: Community Dialogues on Hip-Hop

Senior Media Fellow at the The Jamestown Project

Areas of Expertise: Hip-hop activism, youth culture and young voter political participation

Location: Cleveland, Ohio

Contact Information:


Twitter: @therealbakari

Phone: 440-779-9893 (Office)

Heard on NPR

Heard on On Point with Tom Ashbrook: Hip-Hop and Politics

Added October 2015

Last Verified: October 2015

Anthony Jack

Anthony Abraham Jack is a PhD. Candidate in Sociology and an Associate Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy at Harvard University.

His work examines the present-day experiences of lower-income undergraduates at elite colleges and universities in the context of more expansive race- and class-based affirmative action measures. His dissertation, Same Folks, Different Strokes: Culture, Class, and the “New” Diversity at Elite Colleges and Universities, explores the experiences of lower-income undergraduates who enter college after graduating from boarding, day, and preparatory schools, those who he calls the Privileged Poor, and compares their experiences to their lower-income peers who travel the traditional path from local high schools to college, those who he calls the Doubly Disadvantaged.

Although they share similar origins with respect to family and neighborhoods, he documents how they live ever-more divergent lives before entering college which, then, influences their transition and integration into college. In outlining this overlooked diversity, he sheds new light on how class and culture matter in college. His research also examines how African Americans respond to racism and discrimination in their daily lives. His work appears in the Du Bois Review and Sociological Forum and has been featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and American RadioWorks. He holds fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation, and is a 2015 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellow.

Mather House resident tutor Tony Jack, is a first-generation college student now writing a dissertation on the same topic, which he says is more about class than race. Here he is seen in Mather House and the dining hall where he informally meets with students at meals at Harvard University. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer

PhD Candidate in Sociology and Associate Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy at Harvard University

Areas of expertise: (Higher) education, New diversity at elite colleges, Culture, Cultural capital, Race, Urban poverty, Inequality, Youth

Location: Boston, MA

Contact Info:


Phone: 617-496-5889

Twitter: @tony_jack

Heard on American RadioWorks: The First Gen Movement

Added May 2015

Rey Junco

Rey Junco is a Senior Researcher at Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, a research institute at Tufts University that focuses on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.  Junco applies his extensive experience in quantitative social science research to study various aspects of youth civic and political engagement. He has a background in several interconnected fields like education, cognitive science, and the use of technology.

Before joining CIRCLE, he was a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where he worked on the Youth & Media and the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence projects.

Junco’s publications include “Comparing actual and self-reported measures of Facebook use” and his book Engaging Students through Social Media: Evidence Based Practices for Use in Student Affairs. He has been on Tell Me More discussing kids’ online privacy and teenagers who post racist tweets.

Junco holds a doctorate in counselor education and a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Penn State University. He blogs at Social Media in Higher Education.

Senior Researcher, Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University

Areas of Expertise: Social Media, Youth and Media, Higher Education, Clinical Psychology, Library Sciences

Location: Cambridge, MA

Contact Info:

Phone: (814) 441-0339
Twitter: @reyjunco

Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

Tell Me More: Keeping Up With Kids’ Online Privacy

Added February 2013. Last verified January 2021.

Malik Washington

Malik Washington is the director of Penn Violence Prevention at University of Pennsylvania. Previously, he served as the executive director and CEO of The William Kellibrew Foundation, a community-driven advocacy organization “dedicated to breaking the cycles of violence and poverty.” He also worked as the training & outreach specialist with the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, an organization that serves as a “resource for the thousands of adults and children experiencing domestic violence in the District each year.”

Washington studied radio, television and film at Howard University. His community outreach experience includes organizing mission trips and providing disaster relief services with the Christian organization In His Presence Ministries. He’s a contributor to NPR’s Tell Me More blog and was previously a Tell Me More intern and editorial assistant.

Malik Washington
Director of Penn Violence Prevention

Areas of Expertise: Youth, Poverty, and Violence (especially Young Men), Mentorship, Community Outreach, Writing & Blogging, Media, African Americans

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Contact Information:
Twitter: @malikwashington
Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

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Added January 2013

Last verified January 2021.

Jamilah King

Jamilah King is a race and justice reporter at Mother Jones and hosts the weekly Mother Jones podcast on national politics. Previously, King was a Senior Staff Writer at MIC and serves on the peer review board of the Youth Media Reporter. She also wrote and edited at the daily news website, at WireTap Magazine, and YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia.

Jamilah has been on WNYC, MSNBC, and other outlets speaking about sports, race, class, fashion, LGBT issues, and journalism.Jamilah King

Race and Justice Reporter, Podcast Host at Mother Jones

Areas of Expertise: Youth, Basketball & Sports, Race,  Politics

Location: New York, NY

Contact Info:

Phone: (415) 755-8043 (cell)
Twitter: @jamilahking
Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

Tell Me More: Asian American Basketball Leagues About Survival

Added January 2013.

Last verified January 2021.