2018 STEERING COMMITTEE

The AOCC Steering Committee comprises of three Tri-Chairs, Committee Lead, and Committee Members, who work together to drive forward the vision and execution of the AOCC conference. This year, the Steering Committee is especially dedicated to rooting our practices in the theme by continually radicalizing, reimagining, and reconstructing the ways in which we approach conference planning and execution.

 
 

TRI-CHAIRS

AOCC Tri-Chairs oversee the planning and successful execution of all aspects of the conference. Leading the Steering Committee, this year the Tri-Chairs are committed to driving forward the conference theme and vision of Radicalize, Reimagine, Reconstruct.

 A product of Los Angeles Unified Schools, Avriel graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. from UCLA as a Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar and Wasserman Scholar before beginning her PhD as a Presidential Scholar at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. While on full academic scholarship at UCLA, she led a digital-communication-focused research lab, studying racial identity and rap music online, before examining successful college counseling practices at UCLA's Graduate School of Education. Avriel's research garnered an invitation from the U.S. Department of Education to present her work for Congress in Washington D.C. and recognition as part of the top 10% of undergraduate social scientists in the world.  Focusing her career around the intersection of research, educational equity, media, and tech, Avriel's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue Magazine, Huffington Post, and Vice Magazine, among others. Now at Harvard, she studies how online learning ecologies influence youth of color as they construct and affirm racialized and gendered identities, as well as the conclusions adolescents draw about who they are and what they can become.

A product of Los Angeles Unified Schools, Avriel graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. from UCLA as a Ronald E. McNair Research Scholar and Wasserman Scholar before beginning her PhD as a Presidential Scholar at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. While on full academic scholarship at UCLA, she led a digital-communication-focused research lab, studying racial identity and rap music online, before examining successful college counseling practices at UCLA's Graduate School of Education. Avriel's research garnered an invitation from the U.S. Department of Education to present her work for Congress in Washington D.C. and recognition as part of the top 10% of undergraduate social scientists in the world.

Focusing her career around the intersection of research, educational equity, media, and tech, Avriel's work has been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, Vogue Magazine, Huffington Post, and Vice Magazine, among others. Now at Harvard, she studies how online learning ecologies influence youth of color as they construct and affirm racialized and gendered identities, as well as the conclusions adolescents draw about who they are and what they can become.

Avriel Epps

 

 Jen hails from Richmond, California and is currently pursuing an Ed.M. in International Education Policy. She proudly identifies as a first-generation college and now graduate student. Prior to HGSE, she worked in Washington, DC at global NGOs promoting cultural exchange, basic education and child protection. Jen also works with community programs to expand education access in the U.S., focusing on first-gen students and students of color, particularly AAPI youth. She deeply believes in the power of community programs, community development, grassroots organizations and informal education in addressing the gaps of access and equity for marginalized populations.

Jen hails from Richmond, California and is currently pursuing an Ed.M. in International Education Policy. She proudly identifies as a first-generation college and now graduate student. Prior to HGSE, she worked in Washington, DC at global NGOs promoting cultural exchange, basic education and child protection. Jen also works with community programs to expand education access in the U.S., focusing on first-gen students and students of color, particularly AAPI youth. She deeply believes in the power of community programs, community development, grassroots organizations and informal education in addressing the gaps of access and equity for marginalized populations.

Jen Kuang

 Tony DelaRosa is California by chance and Cambridge by choice. He’s a  Filipinx-American  Educator, Writer, Spoken Word Poet, and Sriracha Chef. As an educator he aims at co-empowering both the voices of students and educators through storytelling, spoken word poetry, public speaking, creating podcast and more. As a side hustle, in 2013 he cofounded  Indy Pulse , a city-wide youth spoken word organization in Indianapolis.  Since then he has scaled this organization to Greater Boston with the formation of  Boston Pulse Poetry . In 2016 he served as the 2012 Ambassador for Teach For America’s 25th Anniversary Summit. As a global educator he has led culturally responsive pedagogy workshops in both Mexico and the Philippines through Teach For All, and had the privilege to speak in front of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico on the importance of international exchange and education.  At Harvard, he is a current graduate student in the Arts in Education program. He serves as the Co-Chair of the Pan-Asian Coalition for Education, and as a Communications Fellow for the HGSE Voice Program. Find out more by visiting:    CNN ,  The Hechinger Report , and  NPR .

Tony DelaRosa is California by chance and Cambridge by choice. He’s a Filipinx-American Educator, Writer, Spoken Word Poet, and Sriracha Chef. As an educator he aims at co-empowering both the voices of students and educators through storytelling, spoken word poetry, public speaking, creating podcast and more. As a side hustle, in 2013 he cofounded Indy Pulse, a city-wide youth spoken word organization in Indianapolis.  Since then he has scaled this organization to Greater Boston with the formation of Boston Pulse Poetry. In 2016 he served as the 2012 Ambassador for Teach For America’s 25th Anniversary Summit. As a global educator he has led culturally responsive pedagogy workshops in both Mexico and the Philippines through Teach For All, and had the privilege to speak in front of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of Mexico on the importance of international exchange and education.

At Harvard, he is a current graduate student in the Arts in Education program. He serves as the Co-Chair of the Pan-Asian Coalition for Education, and as a Communications Fellow for the HGSE Voice Program. Find out more by visiting:   CNN, The Hechinger Report, and NPR.

Tony Delarosa

 
 

COMMITTEE LEADS

AOCC Committee Leads are responsible for organizing and facilitating the work of their respective committees. There are six committees total: Proposals & Programming; Youth Engagement; Keynote & Awards; Finance & Fundraising; Communication, External Engagement, & Publicity (CEEP); Logistics & Hospitality.

Anri Brenninkmeyer
Finance

Andy Ng
CEEP Co-Lead

Amberine Huda
Keynotes & Awards 

Brittney Williams
Youth Empowerment

 

Sheliza Jamal
Proposals & Programs

Sybil St. Hilaire
Logistics & Hospitality

Tonya Bryant
CEEP Co-Lead

Vanessa Chung
Graphic Design, CEEP Co-Lead

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COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Committee members are responsible for working with their teams to plan and execute the major deliverables of their committees.

Allida Warn

Amy Ng

Ayosike Akingbade

Brelynn Lombard

Diana Saintil

Edwin Coleman

Fiona Asiedu

Ielaf Altoma

Iva Markicevic

Janelle Fouche

Jolleen Filio

Jordan Harrison

Josh Onyango

Ivonne Ortega

Kelly Truong

Kendrick Perkins

Natasha Rivera

Meg O'Hara

Ranya Brooks

Rita Andrade

Sarrah Buker

Shanta Harrington

Sheliza Jamal

Simone Jadczak

Stephanie Fabro

Tamesha Webb

Ulises Serrano

Linda Sun

Yaquelin Perez

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