The Educating Children of Color Summit provides a unique opportunity for educators, juvenile justice, and child welfare professionals to enhance their ability to retain and inspire the students they serve. It is also an opportunity for high school students to learn about themselves while they explore higher education. Through professional registrations at the Summit we award money to students to help defray the cost of higher education. Over the last 15 years, ECOC has awarded more than $380,000 in scholarships and educational gifts as well as 240 laptops to students attending the Educating Children of Color Summit. During the 2023 Summit, $146,000 in scholarships and educational gifts will be awarded to students in attendance. In addition, six $500 awards will be provided to educators for classroom enhancement or continuing education.
Izzy Nuñez (she/they) is the Adult Education Manager at Food to Power and a graduate of Yale-NUS College in Singapore. Izzy is from Colorado Springs and is excited help transform our local food system through education and community building.
Gregory Abukar-Duru was born in Missouri but later moved to Colorado.With these lessons, he will enter his first year at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with confidence and pride.
Neha currently attends Colorado College, where she plans to earn a major in Psychology and a double minor in Feminist and Gender Studies and Film and Media studies.
Jason A. Márquez has been practicing law since 2008, almost exclusively in family law. However, he has and continues to work in criminal defense.
Sumi Lee serves as the Head of Judicial Diversity Outreach at the State Court Administrator’s Office of the Colorado Judicial Department.
My name is Nick Karn and I currently the Athletic Director/Assistant Principal at Mitchell High School in Colorado Springs.
Bob Gemignani currently serves as Director of the Pikes Peak Business & Education Alliance (PPBEA) and Executive Director of the Business & Education Alliance (BEA) 501(c)(3).
Theresa Klinitski, Operations Manager and Education Coordinator with the Pikes Peak Business and Education Alliance (PPBEA).
Amy Scott Mind Body is a wellness organization with a mission to help sensitive, empathic, and conscious human beings to release systemic oppression and embody their truths through somatic experiences.
Antoine Lovell, Ph.D., MSW, MPA is a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Social Policy and Practice. Dr. Lovell is a social policy researcher studying how race and racism impact public policymaking and administration
Maynard Okereke, better known as the Hip Hop M.D., graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Chris Singleton is a former professional athlete drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2017. Chris has now become an inspirational speaker and best-selling author who has shared his message of unity and racial reconciliation.
Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor Candidate (LPCC) and is the manager of the RISE program at Denver Health, providing confidential peer support to Denver Health personnel.
Judge Sueanna P. Johnson was appointed to the Colorado Court of Appeals on December 2, 2019, and sworn in on February 13, 2020.
DARA HOFFMAN-FOX LPC (they/them/theirs) is a queer-identified gender therapist, writer, educator, and subject matter expert.
Dr. Wiggins enjoys spending his time with his family, friends, church family, and supporting student activities.
She has seen the impact human exploitation has had from multiple angles. Wendy has been a speaker on human trafficking, and has published on this topic.
Cordelia is the Volunteer and Youth Education Manager at Food to Power. She was born and raised in Colorado Springs and has watched the city grow and change through the years.
Erin is the Director of Education and Advocacy at Food to Power. She believes that food and land are some of the best teachers out there.
Jonathan McMillan is a keynote speaker, author, journalist, activist, consultant & advocate for the empowerment of communities/ youth of color and he is the founder of Be Better Than Average.
Dr. Jones began teaching for Colorado Christian University in 2016. Since then, she has taught undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, Dr. Jones serves in Student Services at Ascent Classical Academy in Douglas County.
Dr. Ivory loves and enjoys being a Therapist. She provides individual and couples counseling for adults in Texas. All therapy sessions are done via Telehealth. She supervises Associates who work with children.
I have been a nurse for nearly 20 years and worked as a flight nurse for 12 years. I am currently the Injury Prevention Specialist for Penrose- St. Francis Trauma Services.
Ms. Lee is passionate about cultivating caring relationships with students to harness their unique strengths and create an educational experience connecting their experience at school with life beyond the school walls.
Dr. Jim Smith serves as the was the Assistant Superintendent for Planning and Engagement in Academy District 20, in Colorado Springs.
Jennifer is a 23-year educational veteran serving the student, teacher, and counselor population within Spring ISD with behavioral interventions that support social and emotional learning.
Kristen graduated from Park University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology. She worked as a Social Worker in a hospital setting.
Julie graduated from Buena Vista University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. She worked as a case manager for the Department of Human Services in El Paso County and North Carolina.
LGBTQ Cultural Competency Trainer with 3 decades of experience
Stepheny Chen, M.Ed. is a student-focused leader with a passionate commitment to the development of students and educators, and being an advocate for the voiceless.
Pearl has recently come out of the classroom to focus on training other teachers, which has been a dream of hers since completing her M.Ed. She stands behind the vision; to rebuild the community by healing the family first.
Denise Carter, M.Ed. is the founder, owner and creator of Smarty Bunch™ Educational Consulting. She successfully trained leaders, coaches and teachers the last 25 years.
Michele Shampoe, M.Ed. currently helps lead literacy efforts, K-12, for Spring Independent School District in a Lead Development/Literacy Lead position for Instructional Services
Katherine joined RMIAN January of 2020 and works with both detained adults and children.
Cindy joined RMIAN in October 2018 as a Social Worker, she works with both the Detention Program and Children’s Program.
Dr. Carolyn Strong is an educator with an ardent belief in equity and anti-racist practices. She has been described as a cultural light bringer with plenty of shade as well as a firebrand for the culture.
Dr. Matthew Woods is a K-12 educator in Virginia, and hosts the podcast, Leading Out The Woods. He is also the author of the children’s book series, "I Wanna Be…". Connect on Twitter @woodfromawoods or visit his website www.leadingoutthewoods.com
Wise has been an anti-racism activist for 30 years. He has authored nine books including his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. His newest book, Dispatches from the Race War, came out in December 2020.
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