Lisa Graustein, M.Ed.
Lisa has over 20 years experience as an out youth worker, teacher, activist, and teacher trainer. Currently, Lisa works with district, charter, and private schools in Boston to increase racial and gender equity. She holds an M.Ed. in Racial Justice Education and is a facilitator for both Beyond Diversity 101 (a 5-day intensive workshop) and White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action.
Marta has more than 25 years of experience working in communities throughout Boston as a Civic Leader, Youth Advocate, and Parenting Educator. Marta has been involved with numerous civic groups and organizations. Currently, she works with Families First Parenting Programs, Greater Boston Latino Network, and Mission Hill Youth Collaborative. She is also the Board President of Sociedad Latina, a non-profit organization that addresses some of the most pressing issues facing Latino youth today through a vast array of programs. Ms. Rivera’s experience growing up in public housing in Mission Hill during one of Boston’s most violent times fuels her passion for developing communities that thrive, where children are safe and youth are optimistic about their future. Of Puerto Rican descent, she is deeply committed to issues affecting families, youth, and marginalized communities.
Anna Tesmenitsky, J.D.
Anna immigrated to the United State from the former Soviet Union in 1988. She has experience leading dialogues between groups with diverse viewpoints and spent five years as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of New England (Maine), where she taught several Sociology courses included “Race, Class, and Gender,” as well as “Globalization & Identity.” The granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor and raised within a “refusenik” family, Anna unapologetically identifies as Jewish and a Zionist. She believes the U.S. Jewish community has a unique history which makes discussions of identity and “white privilege” especially challenging, but argues that the community must define its identity more precisely relative to the notions of “whiteness” in order to effectively engage the African American community and be part of positive change at a time of continued national racial tension. Anna earned her B.A. in Government from Colby College and J.D. from Northeastern.
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