Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz is one of the most sought after educational experts inspiring and captivating audiences by utilizing his creative storytelling approach. He has mastered the art of addressing the delicate topics of 21st century education, immigration, and Black/Brown male youth development. He has been featured in a documentary that focuses on contemporary civil rights activists and has traveled internationally as an inspirational ‘Spoken Word’ storyteller. His fresh and compelling vision is that we cannot have educational excellence without equity.
Dr. Arauz received his B.A. and M.A. in Social Science Education from the University of South Florida. He received his Ed.D. in International and Multicultural Education at the University of San Francisco. His dissertation focused on the racial identity development of undocumented Latin@ youth. He is the founding Executive Director of E3: Education Excellence & Equity and an adjunct professor at Dominican University. In addition, he has served as a trustee for several independent schools and educational organizations.
Fun facts are that JuanCarlos is a proud member of a family that includes his spouse, a woman of grace, and many children have extended their family to include 27 wonderful children (there’s a story!). He is bilingual in Spanish/English, was born in Brazil to Nicaraguan parents and immigrated to the U.S. & moving a lot, taught in the classroom and coached female and male high school basketball championship teams of which he is inducted into the Hall of Fame
Austin is in his fourth year at the University of California Santa Cruz and studying politics with an emphasis on international trade and the environment. Eventually, he hopes to own his own consulting business to help other people grow their businesses in a way that doesn’t harm the environment or people.
Some of his interests include Track & Field, watching documentaries, and cooking new recipes. As a social media intern, Austin will be curating all of our E3 activities and items connected to the mission of E3. In Austin's words "The future was changed by the people at E3, this past summer they created a dual internship program for me where I split my time helping both E3 and a fashion company called Rossi & Rei in Italy with social media and marketing. Before this opportunity I’d never even been out of the country now I know that I can go anywhere in the word if I work hard enough."
Anna Guzman is a former college basketball scholar athlete who is now focused on graduating with a nursing degree.
Albert Anciso is a graphic designer, digital artist, and illustrator. Born in Austin, TX he was raised primarily in Mercedes, TX, a small town in the Rio Grande Valley along the Texas Borderlands. He is a first-generation college graduate, earning his BFA in Graphic Design from The University of Texas-Pan American. Anciso possesses over five years of experience in Graphic Design and digital artwork, specializing in illustration. Trained through more traditional forms of Fine Art, including but not limited to drawing, painting, photography, and printmaking, Anciso incorporates his extensive experience in the arts in his graphic design work, and draws particular influences from contemporary urban art and graffiti. He is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Diedra is an education equity and compassionate empathetic enthusiast. She appreciates the hard but imperative conversations necessary to empower, engage and explore next-level thinking for true systemic change. She believes in growth and evolving thoughts. She has done much work and continues to strive develop the courage to speak her truth with self-awareness and respect. She enjoys supporting the same growth in others.
As a Black-Puerto Rican, Gay, GenX woman born on the East Coast of the U.S., blue collar parents, she has a keen self-interest in social justice work that produces systemic change locally and globally. She is a proud nerd and science-fiction lover, who enjoys and is particularly good at strategy, business development, youth engagement, team management, decision making and power dynamic clarity and coaching. Check out her amazing work at http://diedrabarber.com/ or http://filamentconsultinggroup.com/
As a proud product of New York City public schools and a teenage idealist, I moved to Atlanta in 1992 with the intention of pursuing law as a doorway to being a public servant in service of those that had not been served by our society and its systems. However, in my sophomore year of college I read Jonathan Kozol’s Savage Inequalities and realized for the first time how dramatically different my educational experiences were from those less than 10 miles from me based on race and socio-economic status.
While this outraged me, it also fueled me to engage in public service through education. After almost 20 years of work in education and private sector (non-profits and for profits), I feel even more strongly that we must engage tirelessly in our governmental and educational systems with an emphasis on interrupting our personal and systemic perpetuation of historical disparities. Check out her amazing work at www.Educationisavitalsign.org and www.maureenbenson.org
Tommy specializes in helping socially conscious change makers and their organizations increase their positive impact on the world by providing business acumen, financial knowledge, and increased profitability. Prior to founding Choose Goodness, Tommy was on the Board of Directors, a shareholder, and the International Practice Leader for an Atlanta-based regional CPA firm where he advised large international and domestic companies on financial and tax strategies. Tommy and his international practice team won the 2012 Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Global Impact Award. Tommy enjoys traveling, experiencing new cultures and food, lake life, and strives each day to put his positive mark on the world. He and his wife, Heather (aka Mrs. Goodness), live in Atlanta with three adorable four-legged children. Check out his amazing work at: https://www.facebook.com/choosegoodnessnow/