Our Founder

Dr. Jessica S. Samuel is an Afro-Caribbean woman who hails from the U.S. Virgin Islands. She is an educational equity expert whose academic scholarship and professional experiences focus on race, education, colonialism and the environment, including where they all might converge, in the United States and Caribbean. For over a decade, Dr. Samuel has taught and coached K-postgraduate students as well as advised school districts and education organizations hoping to advance systemic change. She is an appointed member of the Racial Imbalance Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and is a member of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC).

Her dissertation, “Consuming the U.S. Virgin Islands: Conservation and Education in America’s Paradise,” interrogates conservation colonialism’s impact on educational aims on the island of St. John where she grew up. Dr. Samuel's research has been supported by The Social Welfare History Project, Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Social Science Research Council and Mellon Foundation.

Dr. Samuel holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University, an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri, and a B.A. in Anthropology and African American Studies from Wesleyan University.

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Our Mission

The Radical Education & Advocacy League provides historically marginalized students and those who serve them the tools and resources they need to thrive, rather than just survive, in their academic programs and beyond.

Our Vision

We imagine a world where students are supported by a radical love that transforms their relationships to themselves, their communities, and their futures.

Why Us

We employ a specifically decolonial, black feminist and anti-racist framework in order to both assess and resolve some of the most pertinent issues in education. Moreover, we are one of the only organizations to take a comprehensive, K-University view of education and create integrated programming that charts the educational journey from beginning to end for BIPOC students.

Our Values

Be Intentional 

We know that in order to be transformational leaders we must have an orientation of critical reflection and engagement. We constantly analyze and evaluate our work to ensure our actions align with our mission. 

Act Boldly

We realize that the stakes are too high for timidity. Through a spirit of activism and unwavering faith, we strive to show up as courageously as necessary in our work. 

Pursue Equity

We commit to giving those most vulnerable among us exactly what they need to succeed. We meet our students where they are in order to get them where they must go.

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