Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz is a sought-after speaker and facilitator, inspiring and captivating audiences through his creative storytelling approach. He has mastered the art of addressing the delicate topics of 21st century education, equity, immigration, and Black/Brown male youth development. He is 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 cultivates collaboration between the private and public sectors, providing solutions to humanize the educational process for every student and educator. He has worked in the educational sector for over 30 years.
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 youth. Dr. Arauz’s belief that we cannot have educational excellence without equity led him to found the nonprofit, E3: Education, Excellence & Equity, where he currently serves as the Executive Director. In addition, Dr. Arauz is an adjunct professor at Dominican University and has served as a trustee for several independent schools and educational organizations.
Fun facts: JuanCarlos is a proud member of a family that includes his spouse, a woman of grace, and they 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. He has taught in the classroom and enjoys coaching female and male high school basketball championship teams.
Elli Nagai-Rothe has over 15 years of nonprofit leadership experience, specializing in participatory group processes, training design, organizational operations, and inter-group dialogue facilitation on issues of race and cross-cultural understanding.
Elli completed her MA degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University. From 2004-2006, Elli served as the principal of a rural start-up school in southern India focused on providing a holistic education to students of socially and financially marginalized communities. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to New Zealand in 2010 where she conducted research in affiliation with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission on institutional racism and promising strategies to address racial inequity. Most recently, Elli served as the Manager of Restorative Justice Programs at SEEDS Community Resolution Center.
Kaira was born and raised in San Francisco to parents who had fled the horrible civil war in El Salvador. Due to her firsthand experiences with poverty, racism, and sexism, Kaira developed keen skills at balancing street smarts with book smarts. Becoming the first one in her family to graduate from a University (SFSU), and with Cum Laude Honors, Kaira then pursued a Bilingual Teaching Credential (SDSU).
Most recently, Kaira has become certified as a yoga instructor, which she credits as her saving grace after battling burnout and depression. Working in the educational field since the age of 17, Kaira now has over 20 years of experience in various capacities: peer educator, youth leadership program coordinator and facilitator, co-organizer of Ethnic Studies conferences, workshop facilitator, co-developer of interactive strengths-based curriculum, panel guest speaker, English teacher, after school program director, Summer program yoga instructor.
A creative being at her core, Kaira is also a published poet/author, maker of short films, performer of spoken word, amateur photographer, and lover of nature.