Jerod Q. Grant, BA
Jerod graduated from Mariner High School in Everett, WA where he received the Achievers scholarship to pay for college. He is the first in his family to attend and graduate from college. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Communications from Eastern Washington University. Following graduation he served in the Retention Project through AmeriCorps and then went on to serve as a regional Admissions Advisor for EWU. Jerod currently works as Program Manager in the Outreach, Diversity and Equity Center and advisor for Black Student Union at Everett Community College. This position allows him to serve diverse populations in the community as a leader and role model to first-generation, low-income, and/or students of color. He plans to get a master's degree in Education. He is passionate about athletics and has coached 9th-11th grade football along with 3rd-6th basketball in his community.
Randy C. Corradine, MPA
Randy Corradine is a first generation college student. He has a Master's in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in Philosophy both from The Evergreen State College. Randy is an advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion work in higher education. He currently works at Gonzaga University as the Assistant Director of Unity Multicultural Education Center. He spent eight years on staff at The Evergreen State College as an Admissions Counselor. He held multiple responsibilities including managing conditionally admitted students, strategic diversity recruitment, and designing and administering training specific to inclusion and equity. He is currently working on a novel with a working title, Memoir: Being Between Blue-Line Boundaries. He also enjoys hip-hop music, spoken word, and rap concerts, all of which inspire him and are in part a cultural recognition of race in America. Randy's personal mantra is, "being with purpose, passion, and perspective".
Aaron Reader attended Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh NC, where he received his BA in Psychology. Aaron has worked in higher education for the past 8 years. He is the Director of Multicultural Services at Bellevue College. Aaron received his Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University, Seattle. In addition to his work in higher education he has a passion for poetry and spoken word. He also facilitates workshops on creative writing with an emphasis on social justice. Aaron has been recognized as a local spoken word artist who has a powerful, emotional, real, and conscious style. He has been invited to perform in front of large audiences; Benaroya Hall as one of them. He has also opened for well know poets such as Def Poetry Jam Artist Black Ice, Tasha Jones and Laura Piece Kelley. He has a strong commitment to helping students be prepared and succeed in college and life.
Joshua Magallanes, BS, MA, LMHCA, NCC
Joshua earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University. He moved to Seattle in February 2004 and began working at Highline Community College in Fall of that same year. He has worked in Higher Education for the last 11 years for both Four-Year Universities and Community Colleges. Joshua received his Masters in Community Counseling from Seattle University. He provides therapy in his private practice for Individuals, couples, families, and facilitates process groups. Josh has worked as a consultant for Edmonds School District, where he provided Professionally Development for K-12 staff and administrators. Josh explores the societal expectations placed on communities of color and Queer communities across the state, regionally, and nationally as a way to bring about awareness and create change through facilitated workshops and presentations. Mr. Magallanes is also faculty at Highline College where he teaches in the Human Services Department.
As a former high school drop-out who, at the age of thirty six, began college at Whatcom Community College, Dr. Carlos Adams saw college as a foreign, bewildering and uninviting environment. He began college as a single parent from a working class background. Through hard work and support, Carlos was able to graduate from Whatcom Community College as the recipient of the Laidlaw Award for the Outstanding Graduate. He transferred to Western Washington University and attended Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies majoring in American Cultural Studies. Today, Carlos teaches the American Minority and Ethnic Studies courses at Green River Community College and continues his dedication to improving the lives of historically excluded and marginalized individuals and communities.
Michael Tun'cap was born in the village of Aniguak, Guam and raised in Tacoma. Michael was the founding Director of the Pacific Islander Student Commission at UW Seattle in 2000 and co-founder of the PIONEER outreach program in 2001. Michael graduated from UW Seattle with degrees in Communications and Political Science. From 2003 to 2009, he taught Ethnic Studies courses to over 1,200 undergraduates at the University of California Berkeley. He received his M.A in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley in 2005. From 2010-11, he worked as a coordinator and teacher for the TRIO Upward Bound program at Evergreen State College. He served as Chair of the Guam Delegation to the United Nations from 2008 to 2010. Tuncap served as an adjunct faculty member at City College of San Francisco in 2007 and at South Puget Sound Community College 2012-13. Tuncap is the former Director of the Pacific Islander Studies Institute, a native research group working to implement PI curriculum in K-12 and higher education in the state of Washington. His most recent work is featured in Matamai: The Vasa in Us (2010), an anthology of indigenous writings from the Pacific Northwest. Tuncap serves on the Board of Directors for the Asia Pacific Cultural Center and for the Executive Council of the Northwest Association of Pacific Americans.
Louis Guiden Jr
Louis Guiden Jr. is the Founder of GuidenU4Life. He has extensive knowledge and experience working with young men of color who are involved in the juvenile justice system. In part, this comes from his own experience as a youthful offender, beginning in his home state of Louisiana and continuing after his family moved to Washington State. His deep understanding of the circumstances that led many of the young men who are involved in gangs and other illegal activities, derive from his own background as a child of a single parent, growing up in poverty and a dysfunctional home life. In 2009, he began working with youth who are currently incarcerated in juvenile facilities. Louis Guiden services offers mentoring, outreach, youth development, support, and resources for young men both within juvenile facility and after their release. Mr. Guiden is a Certified Gang Specialist and Gang Counselor, credentialed by the National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago, and he was recognized in 2010 by the NGCRC for his contribution to gang prevention, intervention, and research. Louis Guiden Jr. has built a solid reputation for community mobilization, organizational capacity building, and intervention strategies reaching the growing population of incarcerated and juvenile delinquent young men of color.
Adam-Jon has worked professionally in student leadership development at several universities nationwide leading workshops, team builders, and trainings. Currently, Adam-Jon is a Faculty Counselor at Highline College where he helps students figure out career goals and personal conflict. Adam-Jon's professional areas of interest include: multiculturalism, gender identity, sexual orientation, anxiety/depression, healthy living, financial literacy, and men's issues. In his free time, Adam-Jon enjoys running, swimming, politics, pop culture, and shamelessly, (almost) anything on TV.
Andres Moreno works at Central Washington University as the Assistant Director of Admissions and oversees Student Visitation Programs. Born in Mexico and then moved to Yakima, WA at the age of 7. As a low income, seasonal migrant farmworker, Andres and his family of 7 worked in the orchards at a very young age and found that education was an important step to pursue a better life. Andres attended Central Washington University from 2003-2008, where he earned his Bachelor's degree. As former Achiever's Scholar, he now mentors local high school students in Yakima at Davis High School and Eisenhower High School.
Zac Stowell was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised all over the United States as a military dependent. He attended over 10 schools growing up as a kid and was at risk until a two teachers caught his attention and inspired his life in education. After graduating from Central Washington University he became a teacher in an inner city school and has been recognized in NPR's Tavis Smiley Show, The Dan Rathers Report, City Arts Magazine, The Washington Post, and more for his creative ways in reaching his students. He is currently a mentor in Seattle Public Schools supporting and coaching first year teachers. Zac has specialized in teaching with technology as well as increasing family engagement in his community. He will also graduate this spring from Western Washington University with a master degree in Leadership & Administration. His true passion is for making a difference for others the way his teachers did for him.
Michael Bethely, is the founder of BE, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring others to improve their lives, as well as those around them. A spoken word, poetry and hip-hop artist, Michael performs regularly at Phat House, hosting open mic nights. Michael graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's in interdisciplinary studies, with emphases in graphic design, communication and film. A production tech at KXLY by day, Michael volunteers at Operation Healthy Family, serves as youth director at Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, and is co-chair of the Inland Northwest Juneteenth Coalition.
Brendan A. Nelson, CNP
Brendan has a passion for service, and this is demonstrated in his personal and professional life. He is dedicated to working with individuals to identify avenues for unimaginable success and serves as an outstanding role model. He has influenced the community with his ten plus years of solid experience involving youth mentorship, counseling, planning service projects and conducting workshops in collaboration with city and civic leaders, faith based organizations, private and public ventures throughout the state of Washington. Brendan is the President and Founder of Nvision Professional Services, a company that offers coaching for personal and professional development. He is truly a leader that believes in creating other leaders by discovering, developing, and deploying these individuals back out into our community, ready and eager for success.
Athrettis Thrett Brown
Thrett Brown is a native of Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, but has called Tacoma home since 1995. Thrett mentors at several middle schools in the Tacoma area, while working for the YMCA. Thrett officially founded the non-profit organization, Young Business Men (YBM). He wanted to be an example, training young men to take responsibility for their future and avoid the pitfalls he fell into. YBM targets high-risk youth, offering programs that teach and encourage physical well-being, teamwork, role modeling and leadership. Thrett believes these life skills will be vital tools these young me can utilize, allowing them to become positive contributors to their families, their communities and to perpetuate these skills for future generations to come. YBM works to support a diverse group of young men, ages 13-17, whom negative influences and environmental conditions of the urban landscape, offer little hope and un-immeasurable help.
Michael Benitez Jr.
A leading national social justice educator, and activist-scholar with extensive experience in education and diversity issues, Michael is known for his down-to-earth insightful commentary and critical perspectives on social and cultural issues. Benitez integrates multifaceted teaching and learning techniques, scholarly inquiry, and personal narrative to provide multi-context and -issue frameworks for empowerment and transformation. Benitez has served higher education in different capacities for the last fifteen years, including academic affairs, student affairs, diversity and inclusion, and teaching. A highly sought out speaker and workshop leader at conferences and colleges across the nation, Benitez has authored book chapters and articles on topics of identity, cultural centers, ethnic studies, pedagogy and hip hop culture. He has been featured in educational documentaries, has received multiple awards and recognitions for his leadership and often collaborates with leading scholars and activists in the field of anti-oppression and social justice education across the nation.
Arvin C. Mosley, Jr
Arvin Mosley, Jr is a corporate headhunter, basketball trainer and the Executive Director of Dreams In Sight Foundation. Born in Tacoma, WA, earned his B.A. in English (Central Washington University) and his M.S. in Health and Kinesiology (Georgia Southern University). Since 1999, Arvin has held several student affairs positions on college campuses in the Northwest: Director of Outreach and Recruitment, Assistant Athletic Director, Student Athlete Academic Success Coordinator, WaTEP Program Coordinator, Coordinator of Marketing and Promotions, Interim Head Volleyball Coach. Arvin has also served 9 seasons as the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Tacoma Community College and The Evergreen State College. Arvin is a first generation college graduate who has dedicated his career to helping young people make their dreams come true. As a servant coach and solution-based leader, Arvin is excited about the opportunity to participate in the summit and will lead a session on "dream making".
Clinton is heralded as one of the most powerful and engaging new Inspirational Speakers and Life Development Professional on the speaking circuit today. Clinton has spoken locally and regionally at Colleges, High Schools, Middle Schools, Youth Academies, Drug and Alcohol facilities, Prisons, Correctional Institutions and Fortune 500 companies.
Jose S. Gutierrez Jr., M.Ed
Raised in Olympia, Jose S. Gutierrez Jr. and his sister were reared in a household led by a mother who personified hard-work, excellence and best efforts only. He is a professional writer/editor, music/film/TV producer/director, scholar and professional in the various areas of discipline, including Hip-Hop Culture, Media & Communications, Public Speaking, 'Gangology', Multicultural Education & Competence, Sexual Education & Rape Prevention and he is a college professor teaching at four institutions. Mr. Gutierrez has proudly served our communities as a law enforcement official specializing in communications, restorative justice, negotiations & mediation, special & joint operations and has worked from municipal to international agencies, having served with honor, integrity and award-winning distinction. Mr. Gutierrez is founder of The Edutainment Academy, Black/Brown Men Making A Difference, Hip-Hop 4 The Homeless and proud member of The Universal Zulu Nation, The Temple of Hip-Hop and The Union of Hip-Hop. Mr. Gutierrez continues to pursue his passions as an executive coach & consultant as well as a mentor and educator of those in need. His desire is to do his best at whatever he plans and attempts, and to achieve outcomes that benefits himself and our communities.