HumanizEd Tech

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Dr. Norris, Dr. Raygoza, and Dr. León
Dr. Norris, Dr. Raygoza, and Dr. León

Dr. Aaminah Norris, Founder, and CEO of UhHidden Voices a Black woman-owned educational consultancy based in San Francisco, California that contributes to the movement for Black lives by guiding educators to conduct antiracism work. She has more than 20 years of experience supporting schools and not for profit organizations in addressing issues of educational equity for low-income students from historically marginalized communities. Her background in education includes teaching, administration, and curriculum-development for thousands of students in grades K-16. She researches, teaches, and advocates the digital literacies of girls and women from nondominant communities, with a particular interest in their STEM practices, Culturally Responsive Pedagogies particularly as they connect to maker education, and the pedagogies of Black women teachers. Dr. Norris authored curricula for the films "Miss Representation" and "The Mask You Live In."

Dr. Mary Candace Raygoza is a STEMinist teacher educator and motherscholar. She is an Assistant Professor at Saint Mary’s College of California and teaches courses including Humanizing Education Methods, Teaching for Social Justice, Praxis Seminar, and Youth Participatory Action Research. Dr. Raygoza believes in fostering teachers to develop as transformative leaders who will create a more just world in solidarity with youth and communities. As a former high school mathematics teacher in California, she taught Algebra and Geometry with a commitment to teaching about the social and political world through mathematics and supporting her students as quantitative researchers and change agents. Dr. Raygoza is the PI on a National Science Foundation grant to design the STEM Teachers for Justice, Community, and Leadership teaching pathway at Saint Mary’s. Her publications include articles, book chapters, and a forthcoming co-authored book on teaching mathematics for social justice.

Dr. Raina J. León is an Afro-Boricua mother, writer, scholar, and teacher educator. She believes in collective action and community work, the profound power of holding space for the telling of our stories, and the liberatory practice of humanizing education. She supports teachers and teacher educators in the practice of using technology to support those aims. She is a founding editor of The Acentos Review, an online quarterly, international journal devoted to the promotion and publication of Latinx arts and a co-founder of the consultancy agency, StoryJoy, that focuses on supporting the development of transformative leaders, grounded organizations, and affirming work and learning for black people, indigenous people, and other people of color. She is a full professor of education at Saint Mary’s College of California, only the third Black person (all Black women) and the first Afro-Latina to achieve that rank there.

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