Anita Dharapuram, M.N.A. Anita Dharapuram is currently the Director of Operations at Rebuild The Dream, a 21st century progressive think tank that champions innovative solutions to fix the U.S. economy and uplift the next generation. In her role, Anita oversees the entire organization, maximizing resources and talent to ensure movements are not only built, but are successful. Anita has spent the last 15 years working for social, racial, and economic justice in the nonprofit sector in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has served as Executive Director for C.E.O. Women and Wardrobe for Opportunity. She also served as Chief Operating Officer for the Pleitez for LA Mayor campaign. Anita has served on the Advisory Board for ARSJ for five years.
M. Bridget White, M.S., M.A. M. Bridget White is a founding member of ARSJ and previously served as the organization's Vice President / Chair. She is an administrator at Kean University since 2009 and earned a M.A. degree in Behavioral Science - Human Behavior from Kean in 2004. Ms. White's thesis explored white privilege. Before moving to administration Ms. White served for 20 years in the Kean athletic department. During that time she also served for many years as advisor to the University's gay-straight alliance. Currently she is teaching "Issues in Diversity," a seminar course focused on LGBTIIQ issues. Ms. White holds another M.S. degree from Smith College in exercise science and a B.S. from Brooklyn College. In addition to keynoting numerous topics addressing oppression and gender equity, Ms. White is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor in New Jersey.
Mayida Zaal, Ph.D.
Mayida Zaal, Ph.D. is a researcher, educator, and activist committed to creating transformative change in education to address issues of equity. She has worked with learners 3 to 62 years of age within public and private school settings in the United States and abroad. Dr. Zaal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching in the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University. She is the recipient of numerous awards including several National Science Foundation Fellowships and the American Association of University Women's American Fellowship. She conducts Participatory Action Research (PAR) with youth in New Jersey. Recently, she and a collaborative of youth and adult researchers completed a PAR study that asked questions about the capacity of urban schools to implement the new high school graduation requirements in the State of New Jersey. The findings will inform the implementation of the policy.
"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality." - Desmond Tutu