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.
Areas of Expertise: Juvenile Justice, Race, Adolescence and Policing, Juvenile Justice Reform
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
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.
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.
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
Phone: 310 206-9208 Heard on NPR
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.
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
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.
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
Call them what you will—Generation Y, Generation We, the Net Generation—but Erica Williams Simon says whatever you do, don’t call Millennials ordinary.
Simon is a Millennial social impact strategist and the founder of EWS Strategies, a consulting group that works with businesses and NGOs to engage young adults ages 18-30. She was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper and was included on both Politico’s Top 50 to Watch list and the NAACP’s 40 Under 40.
Simon regularly presents at conferences and has appeared on MTV, BET, CNN, PBS and HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, Huffington Post and ESSENCE Magazine.
Millennial Social Impact Strategist, Founder/CEO of EWS Strategies
Areas of Expertise: Millennial Trends, Civic Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship, Changing Demographics, Communications/Messaging Analysis
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.
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.
Director of Penn Violence Prevention
Areas of Expertise: Youth, Poverty, and Violence (especially Young Men), Mentorship, Community Outreach, Writing & Blogging, Media, African Americans