Our DEI Consultants


Dr. Keisha Green, Assistant Professor of the Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies at UMass Amherst. Dr. Green is a scholar in English Education, youth literacy practices, critical literacy and critical pedagogy. She is published in journals including International Journal for Qualitative Studies, Equity & Excellence in Education, Race, Ethnicity, and Education, and Educational Forum. She has authored chapters in edited volumes including Humanizing Research: Decolonizing Qualitative Inquiry with Youth and Communities, and Youth Voices, Public Spaces, and Civic Engagement. She also serves as a consultant for area educational institutions supporting their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Prior to her faculty appointment, Dr. Green was a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at Rutgers University. She earned her PhD in Educational Studies from Emory University.


Alisha Smith Jean-Denis is an experienced educator, administrator, and scholar. Her current doctoral research focuses on the experience of girls of color in elite independent schools while centering the needs of girls by honoring their differences and celebrating their cultural ways of knowing and being. Alisha served as Program Manager & Researcher of Yale University School of Medicine’s Urban Education & Prevention Research department, and her scholarly work has been published in the “Equity & Excellence in Education,” a peer-reviewed journal highlighting critical scholarship on equity and justice work with youth in K-16 schools. She has a master’s degree in Teaching and Foundations with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction from Fairfield University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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