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Sunday, June 21 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Expanding the Imagination in Research & Organizing

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As academics and grassroots organizers in LA, NYC, and New Jersey, we will share the creative research, documentation, and communication practices used in our work, especially around policing, deportation, gentrification, and transformative justice. We will explore diverse ways of knowing and seeking knowledge which help us challenge interlocking systems of oppression. We will discuss traditional academic tools and processes and new practices for knowledge building and movement building.


Cory Greene

CUNY-Graduate Center
Cory Greene is a formerly incarcerated community organizer and PhD candidate.

Francisco Hernández

Raza Youth Collective
I’m 21 yrs old and a part-time student at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. I was born and raised in NYC; my growing up around various cultures has taught me to appreciate diverse forms of art. I am a member of RYC, helping provide political education for Latin@ youth in our communities.

Brenda Leon

Raza Youth Collective
Young mother, dancer, student, activist, programmer, media producer, teacher, radio host & journalist lover of life. Using dancing, story sharing, media to build community is my passion. I thrive to leave a positive mark through cultural advocacy so that my son may grow in a uplifting world.

Whitney Richards-Calathes

CUNY-Graduate Center
Whitney works with the YJC coordinating action-based research and supporting organizing work. She is a student that studies alternatives to mass incarceration at The Graduate Center in NYC. She is from the Bronx.

Sonia A. Sánchez

Graduate Center CUNY, Raza Youth Collective
I’m a sdq Chicana raised by a loving immigrant, farmworker community in California, now studying and organizing in NYC. I’m interested in substantive solidarity, matriarchal traditions, healing, and in ways of mobilizing, not for inclusion, but for dismantling systems meant to divide and oppress.

Tellisia Williams

Graduate Center CUNY
Tellisia Williams is a doctoral student that uses mix methods to study how college students complicate the narrative of diversity on campus. Through the lens of intergroup relations she is able to analyze the behavior of bridging students and to explore places of inclusion and exclusion.

Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Education Building: Room 189