October 2018: Jordan Seaberry, Luke Anderson, Isabelle Yisak, and Reid Henkel at Business Innovation Factory

"Education is the entry point of disruption"

  • Do you want to connect with leaders and educators of color to disrupt inequitable systems?
  • Are you commited to educational equity?
  • Or do you just want to chill, be inspired, and be surrounded by leaders and educators of color while enjoying some food, wine, and beer?

Come and join us for our October meetup at the Business Innovation Factory.

Our speakers hail from different fields and have unique backgrounds. They are all committed to equity and the empowerment of underserved communities.

Jordan Seaberry
Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Jordan became deeply involved in the Providence social justice community, while studying painting at Rhode Island School of Design. He began as a prisoners’ rights organizer, helping to pass multiple criminal justice reform milestones including the "Unshackling Pregnant Prisoners” Bill, Probation Violation Reform, and the recent “Comprehensive Community-Police Relations Act.” In 2014, he began The Violences Project, a continuous suite of paintings that memorializes each of Rhode Island’s homicide victims. He currently works as the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, and maintains a painting studio in Providence.

Luke Anderson is presently on the faculty of the Gordon School in East Providence, RI, where he is an 8th grade Humanities teacher. Before that he taught 9th grade English at Blackstone Academy Charter School, Pawtucket, RI, where he also led the school's Non Profit Academy and taught a Non-Profit Studies Community Improvement Project. Previously, he served for five years as a Program Director for the Chicago office of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, where he oversaw the implementation of educational programs in 46 local schools. He then worked for another five years as a teacher and Chair of the English Department at North Lawndale College Prep High School in Chicago where he led a team of 22 teachers across two campuses. He holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University, and is a former graduate fellow in Northwestern University’s Department of Sociology. Luke was recently named the founding principal of Wangari Maathai Community School, a progressive K-8 charter school whose mission revolves around environmental sustainability, culturally responsive pedagogy, and personalized learning. Wangari Maathai is set to open in Providence in the fall of 2019.

Business Innovation speakers:

Isabelle Yisak is an Experience Designer at the Business Innovation Factory. “Why?” and “What if?” are the top questions that drive her work in the social sector, and she brings her experience in participatory design, facilitation, and social research methods to translate data into meaningful insights that can spur more inclusive and equitable outcomes. She has led initiatives around youth development and leadership within the Philippine diaspora, climate change resilience, and exploration of racial equity issues in K-12 education. Additionally, Isabelle serves as an instructor at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Continuing Education.

Reid Henkel has a background in youth development and psychology and extensive experience in workshop design and facilitation. At BIF, he has utilized these capabilities on projects for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and CVS. He holds a BA in Psychology from Rice University and an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons School of Design, where he used design methodologies to address complex social issues. He also is an educator at DownCity Design where he works with local high school students on projects within the Providence community.

We hope to see you there!

As always, we want to keep you fueled and ready to engage so we will provide food, wine, and beer.

In solidarity,
EduLeaders of Color Rhode Island