We are thrilled to co-host our next EduLeaders of Color RI meetup with A Leadership Journey, a youth travel nonprofit that inspires young people to embody the essence of global citizenship, self-awareness, leadership and ubuntu through cultural exploration.

  • Are you committed to creating innovative solutions that empower students?

  • Do you want to meet and connect with like-minded leaders and educators who are committed to redesigning systems that meet the needs of all learners?

  • Interested in joining a community of leaders and educators after work to vibe, chill, and build?

Our education ecosystem provides a space where you can do all of the above. We unite and empower leaders and educators of color by creating spaces where we can build our network, social capital, and elevate our voices. This work involves everyone and so we welcome all but specifically focus on creating a supportive space for groups of people that historically have been underserved and marginalized.

Our November 2019 meetup will be hosted at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Providence. We will feature several local leaders from different backgrounds who are working to improve our communities.

Speaker line-up:

Akeem Lloyd

Akeem founded A Leadership Journey in 2017 to bridge the cultural exploration gap between young people of color and their peers. Activating their imagination and widening their perspective.

​Akeem was born in Brooklyn, New York; he grew up and was raised in Atlantic City, NJ. His grandparents instilled in him the importance of service, his teachers and mentors helped him understand his role in it.

​He received his B.A in African American Studies from Rutgers University-Camden Campus. He continued his education at Temple University where he earned his Master's in Urban Education, focusing on Youth Development.

Chanda Womack & ARISE Students

Chanda is the Founding Executive Director of the Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education (ARISE.) Chanda is a fearless and tireless advocate for equity and social justice. Chanda provided the inspiration and vision for the creation of ARISE as a non-profit devoted to educational access, equity and success. She is unapologetic for what she stands for and how she carries out her work. Her passionate, positive and proven leadership in the various organizations she serves is universally evident. Chanda has over a decade of experience in grassroots community advocacy and educational justice work. Her leadership and movement building have garnered local and national recognition for ARISE and Rhode Island. In 2017, Chanda was the recipient of NAACP Thurgood Marshall, the YWCA's Women in Achievement Award and the Providence Youth Student Movement POWER Award.

Tim Quainoo

Pastor Tim is a third generation preacher with a Master’s in Theology from Anderson University. He uses his theological training to help people understand functional ways to see their faith and spiritual wholeness; along with his exuberant preaching and leadership style. You can connect with Pastor Tim on Sundays at Hill City Church or catch him preaching at Sankofa, a campus ministry at URI. He loves being a father, good food, good music, basketball, and a good laugh. Feel free to connect with him on Instagram @pastortimq.

Jenny Li & Students

Jenny Li was a former Ethnic Studies teacher in Providence Schools and now an advisor at the Met High School. Outside of teaching, she works with the FANG Collective, serves on the board of Providence Youth Student Movement, and works at the Tooth and Nail Farm. She is originally from Queens, NY.

Keyon Lawrence and Jesslyn Vega

Keyon and Jesslyn are both juniors at the Met High School in Providence. Keyon is exploring education and Jesslyn is exploring social work.

The evening will also include complimentary food, wine, and beer. We look forward to seeing everyone!

In Solidarity,

EduLeaders of Color RI

EduLeaders of Color RI is an initiative of the Equity Institute. The Equity Institute develops innovative systems that cultivate culturally responsive schools and communities for all learners through organizational development, research, and networking.