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Block Chronicles (BC) is a digital storytelling platform profiling the work of educators, artists, researchers, and community organizations in the fields of Education; Health Equity; Arts & Culture.


Meet The Team

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Dr. Jason C. Méndez
Cofounder & Executive Producer

Jason is a Boricua artist and educator from the Hunts Points section of the South Bronx.  As a writer and playwright, his work explores South Bronx culture and history, Boricua identity, and the concept of home. His scholarship focuses on arts as social justice, cultural studies in education, and public pedagogy. For more on Dr. Méndez visit:

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Dr. Juan Carrillo
Cofounder & Executive Producer

Juan is a native of working-class communities in south Los Angeles, California and the son of Mexican immigrants from the state of Sinaloa. His work looks at the role of agency in historically marginalized communities, with a particular focus on Latinx students. Juan is an associate professor at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University.

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Dr. Dara Méndez
Health Equity Editor & Producer

Dara is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology at University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. Her work focuses on the  intersections between racism, multiple forms of oppression, stress and place in understanding racial/ethnic inequities in pregnancy, birth and women’s health. For more on Dr. Méndez visit:


Cameron Parker
Political Editor & Producer

Cameron is an activist and community organizer based in Washington, D.C. His work creates spaces for Black folks to build, learn, and engage in campaigns affecting their community. Cameron has served as spokesperson for Black Lives Matter in Wilmington, NC and most recently as a political organizer with Color of Change PAC. 


Fernanda Ruiz Mendoza
P-LAR Program Coordinator

Fernanda is a proud Mexican immigrant, DACAmented educator, and community cultivator. She is passionate about building community and creating community healing spaces. These passions motivated her to teach elementary school Spanish through the Teach For America program in Memphis, Tennessee. As an educator, she strivedHer current to inspire and connect with community advocates and future educators

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