June 19-21, 2018



 2018 Presenters:


Elizabeth Denevi is the Associate Director for Mid West Educational Collaborative, a non-profit agency that works with schools nationally to increase equity, promote diversity pedagogy, and implement strategic processes for growth and development. Previously, she served as Director of Studies & Professional Development at Latin School of Chicago. At Georgetown Day School (DC) she served as the Co-Director of Diversity and a senior administrator for 10 years. Elizabeth also worked at St. Stephens and St. Agnes School (VA) to create a comprehensive professional development program. She has taught English and history at a number of schools including Castilleja School (CA), San Francisco University High School (CA), and Vail Mountain School (CO). Elizabeth has published and presented extensively on diversity and academic excellence, social justice, and equity issues.




Estefania Rodriguez Sanchez is a teacher, coach, and consultant committed to challenging the master narratives that erase the histories of people of color and works to interrupt and dismantle racist practices and frameworks in education. Originally from Colombia, Rodriguez immigrated to Hartford, CT when she was five years old. As a first-generation college student, Rodriguez fulfilled her dream of becoming an educator and returned to teach in the community that raised her. Rodriguez is dedicated to increasing the numbers of teachers of color in the classroom and supporting all teachers i using critical pedagogy, ethnic studies, restorative justice, and community activism to empower students and their families. Currently, she is the K-8 History Instructional Coach for Cambridge Public Schools where she supports teachers in developing Culturally Sustaining practices and implementing social justice in the history curriculum. Ultimately, she sees education as liberation. Estefania holds a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Learning and Teaching Program focused in Instructional Leadership and a BS in Social Studies Education from Boston University's, School of Education.




Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, and former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist and researcher in independent and public K-12 schools as well as community mental health centers and teaches how children can develop healthy racial identities through racial stress management.


His most recent best-seller book, Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools: Differences that Make a Difference, shifts the focus on race relations away from “colorblind-ness” and avoidance toward racial literacy which involves managing racial stress by actively reading, reducing, and resolving racially stressful encounters when they happen.


Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University with a concentration in Culture, Institutions, and Society. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship with research interests that include mass incarceration, the sociology of race, and the history of U.S. inequality. Previously, he taught high school English in Prince George’s County, Maryland where, in 2013, he was named the Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council.


He has spoken at the 2015 TED Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, the U.S. Department of Education, the IB Conference of the Americas, the Aspen Summit on Inequality and Opportunity. He has been profiled in The Washington Post, NPR's Here & Now, Vox, The Huffington Post, The Root, NBC News, and The Boston Globe. His two TED Talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America, collectively have been viewed more than 5 million times.


Clint is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and a 2017 recipient of the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review. He is also a Cave Canem Fellow, a Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop Fellow, and has served as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Guardian, Boston Review, the Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere. His first full-length collection of poetry, Counting Descent, was published by Write Bloody Publishing in 2016. It won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award, and was selected as the 2017 'One Book One New Orleans' book selection.


Clint earned a BA in English from Davidson College and is an alumnus of the New Orleans Public School System.




Nathan Tanaka, a founding member of MTI, is a fifth grade Humanities teacher and Diversity and Inclusion Team Leader at the Prospect Sierra School in his El Cerrito California. In this capacity, he works to support teachers in nurturing inclusive classrooms in which all children thrive. His teacher workshops have highlighted identity safe teaching, implicit bias, microaggressions, privilege, and affinity groups. Nathan’s own humanities curriculum strives to teach 5th graders about difficult concepts like systemic racism and white privilege. In this way, he teaches students that the world is not an equitable place, and is one that needs changemakers. Nathan grew up in the Bay Area and attended high school at the American School in Japan in Tokyo. He holds a BA in International Relations, Japanese Studies and Child Development from Tufts University. He was trained at the Shady Hill School in Boston and holds an M.Ed from Lesley University in middle school humanities.