Dr. Jason MÉndez
Jason is a Boricua nonfiction writer, screenwriter, and theater artist, and educator from the Bronx, NY. His work captures the people and shifting landscapes of the South Bronx, Boricua identity, and the concept of home. Jason's research examines education experiences of marginalized communities of color with a focus on Latinx students. Currently, he is a visiting assistant professor of education in the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Juan Carrillo
Juan is a native of working-class communities in south Los Angeles, California and the son of Mexican immigrants from the state of Sinaloa.Carrillo's interdisciplinary research draws from critical frameworks and qualitative methodologies such as narrative inquiry, autoethnography, and testimonios. 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.
Cameron is an activist and community organizer based in Washington, D.C. He is invested in providing spaces for Black folk to build, learn, and engage in campaigns affecting their community. Since 2015, Cameron has served as spokesperson for Black Lives Matter in Wilmington, NC and most recently a political organizer with Color of Change PAC. Additionally, Mr. Parker has over fifteen years of experience developing and filming documentary content for television.
Dr. Dara MÉndez
Dara is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health. Her work focuses on the complex intersections between racism, multiple forms of oppression, stress and place in understanding racial/ethnic inequities in pregnancy, birth and women’s health.
Tyler is a student at Berklee College of Music, pursuing degrees in Music Production & Engineering and Music Therapy. Born and Raised in New Jersey, Tyler was quickly drawn to music at an early age and was always intrigued by it. He eventually began to teach himself piano and guitar which only furthered his love for music. Tyler hopes to create interventions with technology as a vital asset in the future of music therapy.
Rodney is a videographer, graphic designer, & creative writer out of the North Side of Pittsburgh. His work intersects cultural studies, music, and spirituality. Recently he was awarded a Heinz Fellowship at the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh. The Heinz Fellowship program is designed to support the individuals through critical mentoring, social support, participatory action research, and arts & technology in urban contexts.
Matthew is an educator, writer, and cultural critic. As a Biracial Jewish man, Matt’s work explores race, spirituality, and masculinity. Recently, Matthew was awarded a Heinz Fellowship at the Center for Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh. The Heinz Fellowship program was designed to support individuals committed to mentoring and social support, participatory action research, and arts & technology in urban contexts. Matthew is currently developing a one-man-show exploring fatherhood, grief, pop culture, and everything 412 (Pittsburgh).