Danielle A. Stewart
Danielle A. Stewart, Ed.D, MBA, BA is the President of iChange Collaborative. She is an innovative leader, organizer, educator, facilitator, and curriculum design expert in transformative racial equity education. She co-founded iChange’s first Summer Diversity Institute for Educators in 2013 and has facilitated virtual affinity groups for people of color ever since. In addition to developing iChange, she established The Community Empowerment Foundation and In School Spirit to ignite positive school academic outcomes for students of color and pursue continued research in improving their experiences in school. In addition to her love of teaching and learning, her passion is fulfilled when using her creative skills in a variety of ways, in order to give back to the community. Danielle currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
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Martha draws on the power of story to make the psychological dimensions of social identities visible. She has facilitated hundreds of conversations about race, gender, and social class experience with thousands of professionals. Her interactive, inquiry-based teaching style incorporates social emotional learning, identity formation theory, and ethics to achieve results that enhance empathy, inspire innovative thinking, and catalyze leadership development.
Treava Milton is an organizational development professional, teacher and advisor, committed to healthy organizations, explorative education and flourishing family life. Her global commitment is to foundational principles for building healthy systems.
Oman Frame has more than twenty years of experience in teaching and diversity leadership. He is a gifted motivator and educator who combines real world topics with academic rigor to makes learning personally meaningful. Oman conducts professional workshops in diversity, equity and inclusion issues at conferences and in schools around the nation. He creates curriculum that helps educators and students understand the effects of oppression on underserved communities and inspires commitment to social justice. Oman directs diversity, equity and inclusion efforts for the Paideia School in Atlanta, GA, where he also teaches sociology. He is active in coordinating Race Day, an annual full-day program that gives voice to the unique experiences of students of color in schools, and Gender Day, a day of focus on the struggle for gender equity. Oman was featured in Ned Hollowell’s Positively ADD: Real Success Stories to Inspire Your Dreams and has been an 11 Alive News Teacher of the week.
Eddy Hernández has twenty-five years experience in education. He is the Assistant Dean of Students at the Paideia School in Atlanta, GA, where he teaches courses in LGBTQ history; language, culture and history for Spanish heritage speakers; and Modern Languages, including French; Spanish; and Italian. Eddy also develops and implements student programming, including Race Day and Gender Day. He also advises Paideia’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance student group and is a faculty liaison for the LGBTQ Parent Organization. He presents his workshop “Talking about LGBT issues in Schools” at professional conferences and for faculties and staff in schools. Eddy has facilitated professional development training for educators in race, gender and sexuality issues for the past eight years with iChange. He also facilitates our LGBTQ Educators Resource Group.
José Cordero has twenty years experience teaching early elementary school. He develops diversity enrichment curriculum for younger elementary students, primarily five and six-year-olds. His curriculum units include: talking about race and gender using picture books, teaching slavery through stories of resistance; a inclusive social curricula based on Vivian Paley’s “You Can’t Say You Can’t Play;” and Puerto Rican history and cooking. He is the author of a series of story books designed to build empathy in his students. José is also a gifted musician and incorporates music from around the world into his classroom. He has a published CD of sing-a-long songs for children that features songs of the Civil Rights Movement. Outside the classroom José is a Floortime play therapy and Tomatis practitioner who works with individuals on the autism spectrum to increase capacity for interaction. He is a teaching consultant with Emory University’s Social Emotional and Ethical (SEE) Learning curriculum, a faculty group facilitator trained in the Critical Friends Group method of professional learning and community development, and has facilitated affinity groups for international and mixed racial family adoptees at the People of Color Conference.
Wendy Rose has 30 years of experience in business consulting and development. She has worked as a consultant for major corporations including Pfizer, Intercontinental Hotels, Siemens, and Georgia-Pacific. Ms. Rose has started her own company and been involved in a number of startup companies. She has extensive experience in financial management, work management, contract administration, communication management, marketing, and sales management. She holds a degree in business administration from Northeastern University.
Chuck is a graduate of General Motors Institute (now Kettering University) with a degree in electrical engineering. After a couple years full time with GM as a project engineer, he took a leave and decided to follow his passion in music and drumming and has been happy as a musician, music instructor and drum carver, concentrating in West African percussion music for almost 30 years. Chuck is also trained in several complementary medicine and healing modalities; he holds a 4-year certificate from the Barbara Brennan School of Healing and a 3-year certificate in Family Constellations and has a private practice. Since 2016 Chuck has been active in social justice and racial healing with Coming to the Table, both as a local group co-facilitator and on the board of advisors of the national organization. He dedicates this work to the creation of a more just and truthful society. Chuck lives in Lithonia, GA, a suburb of Atlanta, on the edge of an oak forest with his wife Kelly, two cats, and five chickens.
Kelly’s active journey as anti-racist began at an Outward Bound
Dr. Elijah Nicholas
Dr. Elijah is an author, actor, and advocate. Assigned the female sex at birth, he spent almost half of his life in the US Military as a woman. He retired as a Lt Col in 2012 to fully live and embraces his core values: authenticity, integrity, and transparency. He resigned from his pastoral duties when he started his gender reassignment from female to male in 2018. Dr. Elijah holds a PhD and an MBA in Business Administration, an MS in Leadership and Operational Art, an MA in Education Training & Leadership, and a BS in Administration of Justice. Dr. Nicholas attended the Harvard Divinity Executive Education program. Dr. Elijah currently serves on the Transgender Expansive Committee for OUT Georgia Business Alliance, the International Transgender Advisory Group for the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association’s Foundation, and the LGBTQIA+ Liaison for The Atlanta Veterans Administration Mental Health Advisory Committee. He is the author of Madoodle, a children’s book about a 10-year-old girl whose Uncle Pete was once her favorite Auntie.
Nikki provides educational coaching and consultation for teachers and school leaders. Her interest in social justice began in childhood, inspired by her strong feminist parents. Her commitment to women’s and LGBTQ+ issues grew through an internship at the National Organization for Woman (NOW) headquarters in Washington D.C. and evolved through her role as a peer sexual health educator. She is a Montessori career educator with over 25 years of experience. She has served as a classroom teacher, program developer, DEI coordinator, and school leader. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering for a mutual aid community fridge fighting food insecurity, racing to finish her next book club read, and puttering in the garden. Nikki lives in Atlanta with her wife, a fellow educator, and two adorable hound dogs.
Jeff has served as teacher and administrator in both public and private schools for the past 26 years. He is professionally certified in 9 educational content areas in the State of Georgia, including Educational Leadership and Gifted Education. He has a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University. There he studied under the tutelage of Dr. Joyce King. His dissertation focused on the development of pedagogical relationships in Multicultural Education. During his doctoral studies, he was a research associate for the United States Commission of Civil Rights and published a report on the school to prison pipeline. Jeff continues to develop and conduct professional development seminars on DEI initiatives for schools and association boards. In addition to his role as an administrator at the Trinity School, Jeff is currently an adjunct professor for Georgia Gwinnet College where is teaches Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education and supervises student teachers. He has also taught at both Georgia State University and Kennesaw State University.