Cathleen Marie Antoine: My people hail from the island of Ayiti (Haiti as y’all know it). I believe education is our birthright and our civil right.  I am passionate about teaching, learning, being creative (I’m a glitter, glue and scissors enthusiast) and the future of our black and brown babies. Ayibobo!

I am a 15 year veteran of the classroom currently working as an educational consultant and community activist. I continue to work to build connections and collaborations with community and arts organizations that provide culturally relevant and empowering programming for our children and youth.  In addition, I am an adjunct for Touro College in the Department Career and Applied Studies.

S. Khalilah Brann: I am the daughter of two proud Antiguan parents. I am an educator. A writer. A lover of my people. A coach. A freedom fighter. One who listens to my ancestors.  I am a black woman living a purpose driven life chasing authenticity.

Oh, my 9 to 5, I am an associate research scientist at New York University. I work in the Metropolitan Center for the Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools. We are an equity and social justice center. My area of focus is on the ways race, power and privilege affects teaching and learning. I work with schools across the country; public, private, parochial and charter,  K-12. I support them in transforming their institutions into schools based on equity, culturally responsive and relevant education and on the decentering of whiteness as a school norm and standard.