Now, What?: 

NAVIGATING  EDUCATION IN THE  WAKE OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION

#REALTalks
Join scholars and education professionals as we discuss the anticipated impact of the Supreme Court’s most recent ruling on K-12 and higher education. 
Friday, August 11, 2023
6pm EST

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Meet our host

Dr. Jessica S. Samuel

Founder & CEO of R.E.A.L.
Marketing Instructor
Dr. Samuel is an educator, interdisciplinary scholar, and decolonial activist whose work focuses on race, education, colonialism and the environment, including where they all might converge, in the United States and Caribbean. Dr. Samuel serves as 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). She holds a PhD in American Studies from Boston University, a Master of Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a Bachelor in African American Studies and Anthropology from Wesleyan University. Dr. Samuel is an alumna of the Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, Teach for America, and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.

Meet our panelists

Dr. Jallicia Jolly

Assistant Professor of American Studies and Black Studies at Amherst College 
Marketing Instructor
Dr. Jolly is a proud Black Mama and avid Reproductive Justice (RJ) organizer, she merges community-based research on Black women's health, grassroots activism, and political leadership with RJ organizing and practice in the United States and the Caribbean. A 2022 Ford Postdoctoral Fellow based at Yale University, Dr. Jolly’s first book manuscript, Ill Erotics: Black Caribbean Women and Self-Making in the Time of HIV/AIDS, is an ethnography of the reproductive justice organizing of young Black Jamaican women living with HIV that chronicles their everyday confrontations with illness, reproductive violence, and inequality in neocolonial Jamaica. Dr. Jolly connects her research to tailored strategies and community interventions that advance equity, systemic change & community-building within and beyond U.S. borders. She leads with justice and joy as her core intention while creating new legacies of equity and holistic wellness.

Mr. Ryan Jones

Senior Manager of Advocacy & Public Partnerships at Donors Choose
Marketing Instructor
Mr. Jones is a passionate diversity advocate and educator with over 12 years of experience working in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space and its intersection with K12 education and philanthropy. He began his career as a high school English teacher in St. Louis, Missouri and has continued to work as an education equity advocate with roles in program and grant management, community engagement and parent advocacy, and most recently the education technology sector. Ryan graduated from DePauw University with a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology and a minor in English Literature and received his Master’s in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri.

Dr. Arman K. Lakes

Redesign Director of District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) 
Marketing Instructor
Dr. Lakes has worked on behalf of black and brown students in education. Most recently at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, Dr. Lakes served as the school counselor and restorative practices practitioner focusing on early interventions, college and career readiness, and post-secondary opportunities. He believes every student is unique and with guidance and support they can use their special gift to make a difference in themselves and our world. Currently, Dr. Lakes serves as Redesign Director for DC Public School where his sole purpose of reimagining the high school experience for students. Dr. Lakes earned his Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations Management and Master of Arts in School Counseling from Clark Atlanta University before completing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Howard University.

Dr. Channon Miller

Assistant Professor of American Studies and History at Trinity College
Marketing Instructor
Dr. Miller is an interdisciplinary Americanist and Historian of Black women’s interior and exterior lives. She excavates stories about Black motherhood and Black diaspora from geographies often marginalized. The city of Hartford and the lives and activism of its Black communities since the mid-twentieth century, mass migration of Black people there from the South as well as the Caribbean – grounds and inspires her research. Within the classroom, she invites students to explore the Black past and present by hearing and dialoguing with the voices and productions of Black peoples themselves.