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.
Aiyana Sol Machado is a multi-talented, multi-cultural visionary dedicated to the liberation and healing of people and communities for nearly 20 years. She is an organizer, artist, scholar-activist, researcher, mother, partner, sister, daughter, community member, birthworker and lover of life!
Aiyana Sol began as an inner city dance instructor on the East Coast and in the Twin Cities, modeling and encouraging the use of the arts for liberation and activism. She studied Social Science at Metropolitan State University while also grant-writing, directing, and assessing youth programs in the Twin Cities. She has managed political campaigns and served as a board member for non-profit organizations. Aiyana Sol inspires integrity in diversity and positive educational outcomes through evidence-based approaches in youth, human, and program development.
As a Boricua of Caribbean diaspora heritage and trained dancer-choreographer, Aiyana Sol explores the organic historical convergence of the Indigenous Taino, African, and Spanish of Boriken (Puerto Rico). Currently she is the Partner and Community Liaison of John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary, founder of Karaya Guey, and a Collective artist member of Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center.