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2020 has done the most. Take a pause + come vibe with other educators + leaders who continue to push for educational equity for our students.

  • Are you committed to finding solutions that'll improve our education system?

  • Do you want to support a community of educators and leaders across the state of Rhode Island and beyond?

  • Are you interested in meeting and connecting with like-minded leaders and educators who are working to build a diverse workforce?

Join us for two days of connecting, healing, and building to wrap up this year. We are all
feeling worn down, exhausted, and perhaps stressed from this year doing the most in our lives. Take a pause and come vibe with other educators and leaders who continue to push for educational equity for our students. EduLeaders of Color RI was created to provide spaces for BIPOC educators and leaders to connect and build a strong network of like-minded people who believe in the importance of recruiting and retaining teachers and leaders of color. This year has been tough and we have felt immense challenges from all angles. Our in-person meetups shifted to virtual in March, and in October and November, we took some time to pause and reflect on how we can continue making our spaces meaningful. Despite all the challenges we have faced, we will continue to build spaces that bring joy, support and unity. Please join us for two days of meetups.

Day 1


Marquis Taylor
Marquis started C4C while in graduate school at the age of 27. He was an Echoing Green
Fellow and a Pahara Institute NextGen Fellow. Marquis’ passion is inspiring people to
understand that where you start is not where you have to end up. He works with young people to encourage them to fight negativity by taking action, evaluating, and thinking differently.
Marquis grew up in a low-income community in South Central Los Angeles, where he witnessed violence, experienced failure and overcame many challenges, all of which led him to dedicate
himself to motivating others to do the same.
After Marquis failed out of the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, RI, he graduated from
Stonehill College with a BS in Communication. He worked for four years in the world of real
estate finance but, sensing a different calling, he returned to school to obtain a MA in Teaching
from Smith College. He has been featured in, Harvard Business Review, People
Magazine, Huffington Post, CBS, and CNN.

Malliron Hodge
Malliron (she/her/hers) is a Black woman from Bunn, NC, who currently resides in Silver
Spring, MD. Malliron has experience in community engagement, nonprofit management,
job placement, higher education, liberatory design, and education entrepreneur coaching.
She currently spends her days working at Digital Promise and the National Charter
Collaborative. On most evenings and nights she is fulfilling her passion for early idea
coaching through her consulting company, Malliron L Hodge Education Innovation
Consulting LLC, and sharing stories of Black women entrepreneurs on her podcast Baddies
with Business.
She has a BS in Business Management from Winston-Salem State University, an MPA from
Indiana University with a concentration in Nonprofit Management, and a certificate in
Social Entrepreneurship. She loves walking barefoot in the grass, sipping craft cocktails
with friends, spending time with family, roller derby, and porch sitting with her Mom.

Jaime Paulk
Jamie T. Paulk is principal of Appling County Elementary School, a 3rd through 5th grade
school that is dedicated to helping students to discover their potential, achieve readiness
for college and careers, and become productive citizens. Jamie has over two decades of experience as a classroom teacher and administrator where he has led and supported significant school transformation efforts. He graduated from Claflin College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and teaching and obtained his education
specialist degree in educational leadership from Georgia College and State University.
Jamie is the pastor of Living Faith Baptist Church in Dublin, GA and is a proud husband and father. He’s an humble servant to his community and spends much of his time supporting community development efforts and mentoring young people.

Day 2
Liz Kleirock
Liz is an anti-bias anti-racist educator and consultant based in Washington, DC. A
transracial adoptee, Liz was born in South Korea and grew up in DC before attending
Washington University in St. Louis, MO. After graduating, Liz moved to Oakland, California,
where she served as an AmeriCorps teacher with Girls Inc. and Super Stars Literacy for two
years. Following her service, Liz moved to Los Angeles, where she attended UCLA's
Teacher Education Program, where she earned her M.Ed . After spending a year student
teaching a 5th grade class in Watts, Liz joined the founding faculty of a startup school in
East Hollywood where she spent seven years teaching 1st through 4th grades.

Trav Black
Trav is a local musician, lyricist, and educator.

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