Date: October 17, 2020
Reina Robinson, M.A. is a Youth Development Services Specialist for the Contra Costa County Office of Education. She founded the Center For Urban Excellence, a nonprofit organization that supports youth affected by incarceration and violence. Through the Center for Urban Excellence, she provides supportive services, trainings, event coordination and creates a youth-focused curriculum for Bay Area youth. She is a 2020 candidate for the Vallejo City Unified School District’s newly created Trustee Area 2.
Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble is an Associate Professor the School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA and the author of the best-selling book on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines, entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press), which has been widely-reviewed in journals and periodicals including the Los Angeles Review of Books, featured in the New York Public Library 2018 Best Books for Adults (non-fiction), and recognized by Bustle magazine as one of 10 Books about Race to Read Instead of Asking a Person of Color to Explain Things to You. Prof. Noble is also co-director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2I2).
Dr. Douglas Kellner is a Distinguished Professor of Education in the School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. Professor Kellner is engaged in an ongoing exploration of the disciplines of cultural studies and the philosophy of education, examining the relationships among technology, education, and society. Utilizing print literacy as a focus for literacy skills, he emphasizes the need for other basics in education, including media literacy and computer and information literacy, to better enable students to read and creatively interact with emergent technologies such as the Internet. Prof. Kellner is the author of a comprehensive range of books on social theory, politics, history and culture.
Raelene Holmes-Andrews is a Media for a Just Society Award winner in the category of youth media. Her winning documentary is Life Under Suspicion. Growing up in Harlem, Raelene Holmes-Andrews dreamed of being in the film industry. At the Educational Video Center in New York (EVC), she honed her skills, collaboratively producing three youth documentaries on the stop-and-frisk policy, environmental justice, and bullying. An emerging filmmaker and activist, Ms. Holmes-Andrews also interned as an assistant instructor at EVC, Deep Dish TV: Waves of Change, and MIST Harlem. She is now a freshman majoring in new media technology at LaGuardia Community College in New York City.
Dr. Antero Garcia is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University exploring how technology and gaming shape youth learning, literacy practices, and civic identities. His two most recent research studies explore learning and literacies in tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons and how participatory culture shifts classroom relationships and instruction. Based on his research, he co-designed the Critical Design and Gaming School–a public high school in South Central Los Angeles. Prof. Garcia’s research has appeared in numerous journals including The Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, and Teaching and Teacher Education. His most recent book–Good Reception: Teens, Teachers, and Mobile Media in a Los Angeles High School—is an ethnographic look at technology and gaming in an urban high school. Some of his other books explore critical research methodologies (Doing Youth Participatory Action Research: Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, and Students–with Nicole Mirra and Ernest Morrell), techniques for shifting English language arts pedagogy (Pose, Wobble, Flow: A Culturally Proactive Approach to Literacy Instruction with Cindy O’Donnell-Allen), and changes in the consumption of young adult literature (Critical Foundations in Young Adult Literature: Challenging Genres).