Jean founded Speak Out in 1990 after years of activism in the anti-war, labor, Central American solidarity and farmworker movements. She worked for the UFW, organizing Cesar Chavez's speaking tours. She holds a Masters in Poetics and has also worked as a Program Officer in the foundation world, focusing on water issues.
is a long-time activist in international solidarity, peace, racial justice and labor movements. She volunteers with Destiny Arts Center, a violence prevention/arts education organization for young people in Oakland CA where she also served as a board member for many years. She co-edited two SpeakOut publications, Crash Course: Reflections on the Film Crash for Critical Dialogues about Race, Power and Privilege and Turning the Tide: Challenging the Right on Campus. She also blogs regularly for War Times/Tiempos de Guerra, is a poet, writer, and photographer.
Victor Lewis, Curriculum Consultant
Victor Lewis is an internationally recognized leader in the field of anti-oppression diversity work and alliance building. As an educator, trainer and activist, he has conducted keynote speeches,
seminars, workshops and "train the trainer" programs throughout the
U.S.and abroad. He is co-author of the 4-volume curriculum, Lessons from "The Color of Fear,"
based on the award-winning documentary in which he played a pivitol
role and has consulted on a number of other curriculum projects.
Hugh Vasquez, Curriculum Consultant
Hugh Vasquez is one of the country's top diversity educators and a leading national consultant to campuses and educators working towards creating healthy multicultural environments. He is a Senior Associate at the National Equity Project and co-author of the 4-volume curriculum, Lessons from "The Color of Fear,"
based on the award-winning documentary in which he was a cast member. He has also author a number of titles and articles on strengthening cultural roots and eliminating privilege systems.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Andrew Jolivette PhD, President
Andrew is a professor of Ethnic Studies and Native American Studies at San Francisco State University and a founder of Fusion, an organization for bi-racial youth. He is author of three books - Obama and the Biracial Factor, Cultural Representation in Native America and Louisiana Creoles: Cultural Recovery and Mixed Race Native American Identity and is working on a fourth - Mixed Race Gay Men and HIV: A Community History.
Shakti is the producer and director of the groundbreaking documentaries, "Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity," “The Way
Home," “Light in the Shadows," and “Mirrors of
Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible” - all catalysts for dialogue on oppression through the lens of race. She is also a facilitator, trainer and lecturer and Executive Director of World Trust.
Orpheus is the President of StrateGenius, an educational placement firm dedicated to developing leaders of color in independent schools. He also works with the International Computer Science Institute, helping get girls and underrepresented minorities into computer science and engineering majors in college.
Jacqueline Elena Featherston
Jacqueline is a diversity activist and co-founder of Featherston & Associates, a collaborative group of
anti-racist and cross-cultural consultants, educators and trainers. She is a filmmaker (Alice Walker: Visions of the Spirit) and author (Skin Deep: Women Writing on Color, Culture and Identity).
Amelia is the owner and executive director of Casa de Chocolates in Berkeley CA. She has left behind 20 years in public media, most recently as Acting Assistant General Manager at KPFA Radio. Most of her career has revolved around using media as a vehicle to tell the story of social justice and empowerment including being a graduate and later the Training Director of the First Voice Apprenticeship Program, an affirmative action comprehensive radio training program. She is
also on the Board of La Peña Cultural Center.
Christina is a non-profit consultant currently working with the Progressive Technology Project and with groups working on issues related to water governance and scarcity.