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 Service Learning Manager in the Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement at Chicago Public Schools and a former middle school science teacher, high school chemistry teacher, curriculum coach, and associate principal.



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, and 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 Professor, a certified yoga teacher, and author of Being Bad: My Baby Brother and the School-to-prison Pipeline. Her work explores teacher development and wellness in the context of social justice with the goal of empowering educators to recognize, understand, and to address the school-to-prison pipeline.


Danny Morales-Doyle is an Assistant Professor of Science Education at UIC. His research addresses inequity in science education as a part of larger systems of oppression like structural racism, economic exploitation, and heteropatriarchy with a focus on engaging youth in learning science and learning to critique science in order to construct more just and sustainable communities. Before joining the faculty at UIC, he was a CPS teacher for more than 10 years.


David Stovall is a UIC African American Studies and Criminology, Law and Justice Professor and 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 an educator and former teacher and 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 the Associate Director of the Office of Early Childhood at the Illinois Department of Human Services, Co-Founder of Village Leadership Academy (VLA), and Co-Organizer of the 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.


Stacey Gibson is Jamaican born, American raised educator and facilitator who is curious about human dynamics, imagination reclamation, and pragmatic freedom making. Her writing has appeared in English Journal, Rethinking Schools, Uncommon Bonds, and her own journals. She is committed to raising her own courage practices and naming, framing, and re-imagining individual and collective power in order to create transformative environments.