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 14 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.
Anna Guzman is a former college basketball scholar athlete who is currently pursuing a degree in nursing at the College of Marin. She was born and raised in Marin County in a single-parent home with two brothers. Bilingual in English and Spanish, she brings her skills in leadership, adaptability, and teamwork to the Administrative Coordinator position at E3. Through E3, she hopes to continue her growth and expand her knowledge as she continues her educational journey.
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."