Our outstandingly dedicated facilitation team comes together across multiple disciples including social work, education, organizing, and legal advocacy to create powerful learning opportunities. We are proud that the investment we hold in compassionate anti-oppression and difference-valuing praxis is mirrored within our professional standards and values.
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 concrete 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, multiethnic CIS-gendered woman. She is an established racial justice educator, facilitator, and social justice entrepreneur local to Boston. She is centrally concerned with moving the racial justice work of white and privileged folks beyond conversation and comfort zones and into one of action and risk-taking. She is a recent graduate of London University with a Masters in International Law focusing on the human rights regime and immigration rights. In addition to being a co-founder of Anti-Racism Collaborative, she is a co-founder of Freedom Beyond, a nationwide network of contemplative action circles, and she works locally with the Boston chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).
Samantha Viotty is a new media artist and educator located in Somerville, MA. Raised in New York City, she has always been inspired by urban areas to ignite her creativity. Sam received a Bachelor of Arts in Film & New Media Studies from Wheaton College in Massachusetts and a Master of Arts in Civic Media, Art & Practice at Emerson College. She has created a youth media literacy leadership development program to promote media literacy education. She has worked in education, the non profit sector, early childhood development, youth development, social justice activism, and media studies. She is currently teaching a Multi-Media Art & Social Justice course to teens at Castle Square Tenants Organization in the South End.
Hailey Chalhoub (she/her/hers) is a white-presenting, Arab American woman who grew up in Plymouth, MA. After working abroad as an international development practitioner for four years, she is eager to explore a career path that involves anti-racism education, community building and advocacy in the US. In college she co-created a democratic education program that empowers students to integrate their passions and academic expertise into one-credit courses and much of her facilitation style is inspired by this program. As a collaborator with agricultural entrepreneurs in Tanzania, a tutor for immigrant high schoolers in Cambridge, and a mentor for democratic education facilitators, Hailey has come to understand that human capital development is an integral foundation for creating change. By recognizing potential in ourselves and others and by amplifying our collective voices she believes we can get closer to a more just and equitable future.
Stephanie Guirand (She/Her) is a Haitian-American woman who grew up in Cambridge, MA. She received the Playwriting Award from Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School for her play The Ultimate Blessing loosely based in Nigeria about the importance and appreciation of women. Stephanie has interned at UNESCO and the ANC Partnership Archives at the University of Connecticut and has worked with a number of non-profits. She has a background in fundraising. She is a co-founder of Daughters of Yemaya Collective (DYC), an arts activism collective comprised young women of African descent. She is also a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Cambridge. Stephanie is an internationally acclaimed playwright, whose play She & He has received accolades as part of the Harare International Festival of Arts (HIFA). She has produced several plays with an African and African diasporic theme, including Little black Topsy and the Magical White Fairy Soap (Cori Spencer) and Fufu & Oreos (Obehi Janice). Stephanie is currently a graduate student at the School of Oriental and African Studies in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Aba Taylor 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.
Isaac Hunnewell spent most of the last decade bringing educational programming to various communities in North and Central America. He has created and delivered environmental and cultural programming to a bilingual community in New York City, developed the environmental justice curriculum for a project-based learning initiative at a K-12 school in Guatemala, and facilitated of student-led civic engagement programs in Mission Hill, Boston. His facilitation seeks to challenge the social conditioning and pushes participants to find ways to address those conditions and liberate one another from them through education and action. When not knee deep in social justice thought and work, he continues his love of the arts as a lyricist and musician. He also enjoys tennis, being in nature, and modern dancing. He is a candidate for a Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy at Lesley University and organizes on the campus for the primacy of racial justice initiatives.
Rachel Wahlert (She/her) is a multiracial Asian American. Rachel grew up abroad and in Minnesota. She currently attends Tufts University and will complete her BA in Sociology in 2018. Rachel facilitates multiracial communities on and off campus focusing on identity and community. Her nonprofit work includes interning at Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault, EVkids, and anonymous emergency hotline services. Outside of racial justice, she enjoys hiking the White Mountains of New Hampshire and reading fiction books. Rachel aspires to be a high school counselor in the future.
Lindsay Allen is a white, cisgender womyn living in Somerville. She is a farmer, educator, and activist. Over the past 8 years, she has been leading farm and nature based educational programing throughout the United States and abroad. Lindsay brings a social justice lens to her farming work and, no matter where she is based, focuses on food & environmental justice issues. She is interested in broadening the understanding of what we know about our food systems by focusing on the often untold stories of race and oppression within our farming and food systems. Lindsay is particularly interested in working with other white people on deconstructing and understanding what it means to be white in America today.
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.
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.