Author Biographies

Detroit native and resident, Dr. Raven L. Jones is committed to teaching and empowering children and youth to speak truth to power. As an associate professor of teacher education at Michigan State University, her teaching and work examine culture, equity and the lived experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in schools and communities. Dr. Jones loves Scrabble, tacos, and traveling with her daughter, Zuri Hudson Stanbrough.

Born and raised in Inkster, Tanya Upthegrove Gregory is passionate about supporting communities where residents can live, learn, and thrive. She is a learning officer at the Ruth Mott Foundation in Flint and a Ph.D. student in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on Historically Black Colleges & Universities and community engagement. Tanya lives in Saginaw with her husband Kevin, and enjoys collecting stamps (postage & passport) and the golden era of Hip Hop.

Originally from Seattle, Washington, Alexandra M. Sánchez has been a Michigander since she was ten years old. Raised by grandparents who instilled a passion for social justice, Alexandra entered education to make school more liberating for children. She currently teaches third grade at East Lansing Public Schools and is in the Doctor of Educational Leadership program at Michigan State University. Alexandra lives with her husband Eric Schultz and their dog Breslin, and spends her free time hiking and playing pickleball.

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