OUR FACILITATORS

Our outstandingly dedicated facilitation team comes together across a broad representation of professional disciplines including social work, k-12 and higher education, organizing, library sciences, and legal advocacy to create powerful learning opportunities. We are proud of our collective commitment and investment to professional standards and values.

 

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Martha Rodriguez (she/her/hers) is a Latina, woman of color community organizer and racial justice educator with a community organizing background. She is invested in culturally responsive teaching, and equitable outcomes. She focuses her facilitation and leadership development work with young people of color and students through student engagement, trauma informed approaches, and healing work. Her work as an active board member for the JPNDC and campaign work in support of local POC owned businesses and immigrant's rights spans 15 years of commitment to her neighborhood and community in Boston. 

Stella Panzarella (She, Her, Hers) is a white-presenting CIS woman. She is passionate about moving the racial justice work of white and privileged folks beyond conversation and comfort zones and into one of action and risk-taking. She holds a Masters in International Law from the University of London where she focused on the dehumanizing impacts of the human rights regime, immigrant community liberation, and the critical work of building enduring indigenous land rights. In addition to being a co-founder and the Director of Anti-Racism Collaborative, she is a co-founder of Freedom Beyond, a nationwide network of contemplative action circles, she is also a trainer with the Boston Public Heath Commission's Training Institute for Youth Workers on Trauma and Resilience Awareness. In her spare time she organizes with the Immigration and Refugee Justice Action Partnership of the Boston Chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) and volunteers her paralegal skills to immigration and housing legal clinics in her community. For fun, she runs long distances, picks up heavy things and puts them down again.

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Nicholas Johnson  (He, His, Him) was born and raised in Philadelphia PA, with roots in the Caribbean and the deep South. His experiences with inequality in the city in conjunction with wisdom of his community instilled a spirit of service and appreciation for human diversity. He works in multicultural leadership development and is invested is assisting marginalized groups in developing means of self-determination. He has a background community organizing and social justice activism and how it correlates with building social and political capital. He earned his undergraduate from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania where he majored in International Studies & Human Communications with a minor in Ethnic Studies, and he is now pursuing his master’s degree in Global Studies & International Relations from Northeastern University.  He is also the co-founder of Culturally Rooted Reformations, an organization geared towards empowering oppressed groups through education, action, and solidarity both nationally and internationally. 

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Elizabeth Baldwin (she/her) joined the Anti-Racism Collaborative Team in summer 2019. She holds a Masters degree from Northeastern University in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. She has extensive experience working with socially responsible agencies and nonprofit organizations in a wide variety of roles. She is the Vice Chair of the Cambridge Democratic City Committee and currently sits on two boards in the community, the YWCA Cambridge and Mudflat Pottery School. Her political work focuses on supporting women of color running and being elected to public office. Elizabeth is a Boston chapter leader for Resource Generation, an organization that mobilizes young wealthy people to be transformative leaders in advancing social justice. As a woman of color, Elizabeth operates at a unique intersection of privilege and marginalization. She has dedicated her life to envisioning a more equitable world through the redistribution of wealth and power.

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Cara Suriyamongkol (she/her/hers) is a white-presenting mixed race Asian American CIS-gendered woman. She grew up in Central Massachusetts and was active in her undergraduate multicultural community, where she was lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing activists and organizers who had a big impact on her worldview. After college she taught in China and traveled throughout Asia, landing back in Boston about 5 years ago. Since then, she has been looking for ways to give back and better the Boston community, strongly identifying with the city and surrounding area as her home.

 

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Aba Taylor (she/her/hers) has been involved in social justice work for over 15 years supporting immigrants, people affected by HIV/AIDS, LGBTQI advocacy, women’s rights, and racial and economic justice movements. Having worked for the United Nations, African Services Committee, Lambda Legal, Liberty Hill Foundation, ACT-UP and a host of other civil rights, social justice and cultural organizations committed to uplifting myriad communities, she has promoted anti-violence and anti-bias strategies and education, facilitated numerous cultural competency and civil rights trainings, used media and cultural work to shift public perceptions, and created and managed programs to create greater opportunities for some of society’s most marginalized people. Aba Taylor received her Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in New York City, a Master’s degree in Intercultural Service and Nonprofit Management from the School of International Training and is a Rockwood Leadership Institute Alumni. Taylor has also worked as a consultant for multiple community-based organizations, as a freelance writer for several cultural magazines and served on a number of boards. Prior to joining WMCN, Taylor was the deputy director of the Astraea Foundation for Justice.

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Anastasia "Stacy" Collins (she/her/hers) is a cisqueer mixed woman of color and an academic librarian at Simmons College where she provides research, teaching, and learning support with an emphasis in critical and anti-oppressive praxis. She developed an Anti-Oppression Guide available through her library and has delivered several talks and processing workshops on equity work in many facets of library & information science. Outside of librarianship, Stacy is a children’s literature scholar and reviewer, addressing the legacy of whiteness and cis-hetero-patriarchy in publishing, reviewing, and critical scholarship and the role of all these in the production of diverse books for children and young adults. Through all her professional roles, Stacy is an equity & justice educator and advocate, and her facilitation centers on the visibility of learned cultural distortions and dismantling oppressive institutional structures.

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Rosa Carson, a queer, white, cis-woman, grew up in Wyoming, which meant little exposure to notions of racial and ethnic difference prior to attending Williams College, where she got involved with the Multicultural Center. She was part of a small team of facilitators working in schools in western Massachusetts to introduce multiculturalism and engagement with anti-racism work to faculty and students in mostly white working class communities in the region. Rosa has a BA in religion and a Master's of Public Policy from Tufts, and has done group facilitation around conflict resolution and community building in addition to racism and multiculturalism.

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Emily Forsyth Queen (she/her) is a white cis queer woman who descended from settler-colonizers. She is working to become the best ancestress she can be and is committed to ongoing self-reflection and growth. Emily is inspired by the power of creative learning and design when crafted in community and feels fulfilled when facilitating such spaces, especially when they are aimed at creating a more just and equitable world. Emily grew up in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, lived in Burkina Faso for three years (working on girls’ empowerment and reproductive health), and continued working in the international development field for another 5 years before moving to Waltham, MA. Her focus on uprooting white supremacy and related injustices intensified in fall 2016 when she was inspired and challenged in graduate school by Ford Hall 2015 activists. She is currently focused on the magic that happens when bringing together trauma-healing, conflict transformation, and the power of arts and culture.

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Deidra Montgomery (she/her/hers) is a facilitator and arts and culture consultant with a professional and educational background in the arts and a personal investment in intersectional racial justice. She is particularly interested in helping organizations address issues of racial inequity and other forms of oppression in their programs and operations. Deidra holds a B.A. in Music from Amherst College and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Goucher College.