Anita Fernández, Ph.D., Director, SJCO Online M.A. Program
Anita Fernández’s areas of teaching and research include social justice education, Ethnic Studies and teacher education. As a former high school English teacher in Tucson, she is devoted to preparing activist teachers who are both compassionate and critical and put their students’ lives at the center of their curriculum. Anita is locally and nationally involved in community and professional organizations that focus on Latinx rights, social justice activism, critical pedagogy and transformative teacher education.
She is currently the Director of Prescott College, Tucson, and the Director of the online graduate program in Social Justice and Community Organizing. She is the co-founder and Director of the Xicanx Institute for Teaching & Organizing (www.xicanoinstitute.org), an urban education consulting collective, and the co-founder of La Tierra Community School (www.latierracommunityschool.
Tim Russ, M.Ed.
Tim Russ is a professional organizer and educator. Tim is currently working in Kalamazoo, Michigan as a UniServ Director for the Michigan Education Association mobilizing rank and file educators to build power on the job everyday. Previously Tim was a high school social studies teacher and local union officer in Lansing, Michigan. Before entering teaching Tim was a community organizer and electoral campaign field organizer. Most notably Tim was an organizer for Teamsters for a Democratic Union working with a national network of UPS union activists across the United States. Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wayne State University in Detroit and a Master of Education in Teaching from Marygrove College in Detroit.
Geoff Boyce, Ph.D.
Geoff Boyce is an activist-scholar based in Tucson, Arizona. Geoff’s research applies Marxist, feminist and critical race theory lenses to examine the relationship between immigration, policing and everyday forms of financial dispossession in the United States and across nation-state borders. In 2004 Geoff received his BA in Social Ecology and Latin American Studies from Prescott College. In 2016 he completed a PhD in Geography at the University of Arizona, where he also earned an MA in 2010. Currently, Geoff serves as Academic Director of the Earlham College Border Studies Program. A long-time participant in social movement responses to the violence of border and immigration policing in southern Arizona, his writing has appeared in numerous academic books and articles, as well as popular venues like Z Magazine, CounterPunch and NACLA Report on the Americas.
Rachel Herzing, Ph.D. Candidate
Rachel Herzing is an organizer and educator. She is a co-founder of Critical Resistance, a national grassroots organization dedicated to abolishing the prison industrial complex. She has taught in university and adult education settings, been a grant maker, a health educator, and a researcher and organizer working on community-based interventions to violence. Rachel's writing has been featured in anthologies, academic journals, and magazine. She is also a frequent speaker and resource to advocates nationally and internationally on issues related to the prison industrial complex, community responses to interpersonal harm, and the impact of policing on communities of color. She is currently the co-director of the Center for Political Education, a resource for political education and social movements, the working class and people of color.
Kaitlin Noss, Ph.D. Candidate
Kaitlin Noss received her BA from Prescott College ('05) in Pedagogies for Social Justice, her MA from the University of Toronto ('09) in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education, and is currently completing her PhD in American Studies at New York University. She was raised as a radical environmentalist, and is a grateful student of the Black radical tradition, Indigenous resistance history, and the prison abolition movement. Her work focuses on the relationships between race, capital, and land in the post-WWII era of US imperialism between Kenya and the US South. Since 2005, she has worked with the Maasai Community Partnership Project with PC faculty Mary Poole and Maasai leader Meitamei Olol Dapash—an international solidarity network undertaking research to support Indigenous land rights cases and monitor the practices of US and UK NGOs in East Africa. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her dog Trotsky and some wonderful chosen family.
Cirien Saadeh, Ph.D. Candidate
Cirien Saadeh is a journalist, educator, community organizer, and doctoral student who works at the intersections of journalism, social movements, experiential education, and sustainability. Saadeh is an Arab-American woman of color who has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade and was trained as a community organizer by the former Organizing Apprenticeship Project (now Voices for Racial Justice). She has written for local, national, and international publications and is committed to using journalism as a tool in the pursuit of justice for all historically disenfranchised communities. Saadeh is an experienced food justice organizer, who has also organized around tenant rights, transit equity, and immigrant justice. As a Ph.D. student at Arizona’s Prescott College, Saadeh is developing “journalism of color,” a new type of journalism practice which includes a community-based journalism curriculum, as well as a cooperative journalism model.
Jan Bridenbach, Ph.D.
Jan Breidenbach started her career as an organizer in the social movements of the 1960s & 1970s and eventually spent 10 years as a union organizer for SEIU. From there she became interested in community development, founding the first women’s “solidarity circle” micro-lending program in the U.S. In 1991 she took the helm of the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) where she organized and advocated for affordable housing throughout the region. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UCLA where she also received an MA in Urban Planning, and holds a PhD in Sustainability Education from Prescott College where her doctoral research focused on the intersection of economic and environmental justice in community development practice. She is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and a contributing editor to Shelterforce, a national journal of housing and community development.
Carlos Hagedorn, M.A.
Carlos is a Xicano-Filipino teacher activist and has been a youth developer for the past 20 years, working with elementary, middle, high school and college students in San Francisco, New York City and the Napa Valley. Currently, he is a professor of Ethnic Studies at Napa Valley College and San Francisco State University. Carlos is the co-founder and Director of the LEGACY Youth Project, a 5th-12th grade youth program dedicated to supporting marginalized youth of the Napa Valley. He previously served as a board of trustee for the Napa Valley Unified School District and is a consultant in culturally responsive education. Carlos is a co-founder of the Napa Valley Ethnic Studies Advocates and Napa Valley Dream Team. He has engaged in extensive international solidarity work in Cuba, El Salvador and Venezuela. Carlos holds a B.A. in Raza Studies and an M.A. in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University.
Aletha Dale McCullough, M.A.
Aletha Dale McCullough is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago who currently lives on the island of Hawai’i. Aletha is an educator, writer and documentary filmmaker who is passionate about social justice for all living beings. Aletha's formal education includes a B.A. in Psychology and Women's Studies from San Diego State University; a post graduate teaching certificate for English Language Arts from the University of Hawai’i, Hilo; a Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking from Yavapai College and a M.A. in Social Justice and Community Organizing from Prescott College. Aletha's past documentary projects and writing addresses: food justice, Carnival, immigration, colonization and the First Peoples of the Caribbean. Aletha is currently working on a podcast series about social justice activists in Arizona, California and Hawai’i.