Summer Education Workshop Facilitators

The following facilitators participated in previous workshops. The facilitators and workshops may change from year to year in response to participant needs and the changing racial and educational context.


Alejandra Frausto is a CPS teacher at Goode STEM Academy & former curriculum coach & Associate Principal. She is leading a team from her high school in partnering with university scientists to study the impact of toxic metal contamination in their local community.


Alternatives Inc. is a Chicago organization that supports and empowers Chicago youth to build safer and more vibrant communities through an asset-based model that focuses on enriching young people’s lives by building upon their individual strengths within the context of their family and community.


Amanda Lewis is a UIC Sociology & African American Studies Professor & Director of the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy & Co-Organizer of Summer Education Workshop. Her research focuses on how race shapes educational opportunities and how our ideas about race get negotiated in everyday life.


Crystal Laura is a Chicago State Professor & yoga teacher & author of Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-prison Pipeline. Her work explores leadership preparation for learning in the context of social justice with the goal of teaching school administrators to recognize, understand, and address the school-to-prison pipeline.


Danny Morales-Doyle is a UIC Science Education Professor & former CPS science teacher. His research addresses inequity in science education as a part of larger systems of oppression like structural racism, economic exploitation, and patriarchy with a focus on engaging youth in learning science and learning to critique science in order to construct more just and sustainable communities.


David Stovall is a UIC African American Studies & Educational Policy Studies Professor & author of Born Out Of Struggle. His research interests include critical race theory, school-community relationships, youth culture and the relationship between housing and K-12 school systems.


Matthew Rodriguez is a facilitator for New Leaders-Midwest & former teacher & high school principal. He works to develop transformational school leaders and became interested in education because of the blatant inequality of a system that is supposedly dedicated to helping people break out of inequality but is instead perpetuating it.


Nakisha Hobbs is a School Principal & Co-Founder of Village Leadership Academy (VLA) & Co-Organizer of Summer Education Workshop. VLA emphasizes high academic standards, exposure to world history and geography, appreciation for cultural differences, the development of critical thinking and perspective taking skills, and socially just decision making.


Naomi Milstein is Executive Director of Chicago Freedom School. The Chicago Freedom School provides training and education opportunities through the lens of civic action and the study of the history of social movements and their leaders in order to create new generations of critical and independent thinking young people who use their experiences and power to create a just world.


Stacey Gibson is a 15-year veteran Chicago teacher. She works to help students and adults understand how oppression is covertly managed and normalized and works with groups that have a vested interest in moving beyond ‘diversity’ conversations to explore what is vital when establishing anti-racist, anti-oppressive learning and work environments.


Xavier MaatRa is a Chicago Freedom School Training Coordinator. For over a decade he has traveled the country as a organizer in the labor movement, social justice workshop facilitator and youth advocate.