TWP Conference Speakers
Hugh Vasquez is a social justice educator, speaker, and facilitator working to build leaders who will work to transform institutions, organizations and communities so that equity and social justice becomes a reality for all. Liberation, freedom, and justice is a possibility for all people, but not without transforming ourselves and our social institutions. All of us have inherited a society (in fact, a world) where some receive advantages while others are discriminated against simply because of skin color, gender, social class status, and the like. If as individuals we don't work to change what we have inherited, we will continue to reproduce a world where there are haves and have nots.
Dr. Joy DeGruy
Dr. Joy DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher, educator, author and presenter. She is an ambassador for healing and a voice for those who’ve struggled in search of the past, and continue to struggle through the present. Dr. Joy is the acclaimed author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome — America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: The Study Guide, with a second book in the works, Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Part 2: Be The Healing.
Gyasi Ross is a Blackfeet author, attorney, rapper, speaker and storyteller. He is the author of two books Don't Know Much About Indians (but I wrote a book about us anyways) (2011) and How to Say I Love You in Indian (2014) and he is a regular writer for The Huffington Post, Gawker and Indian Country Today.
Dr. David Stovall
Dr. David Stovall is an Associate Professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In the attempt to bring his theory to action, he has spent the last ten years working with community organizations and schools to develop curriculum to address issues of social justice. His current work has led him to become a member of the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School of Social Justice High School design team, which opened in the Fall of 2005 where he also serves as a volunteer social studies teacher.
Principal Baruti Kafele
Award-winning educator, internationally-renowned speaker, educational consultant and best-selling author, Principal Baruti Kafele is on fire! He’s on a personal mission to motivate, educate and empower educators, parents and children toward the elimination of the attitude gap, the world over. A highly-regarded urban public school educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Kafele distinguished himself in the classroom and as a school leader. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, NJ, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.