My greatest political asset, which professional politicians fear, is my mouth, out of which come all kinds of things one shouldn’t always discuss for reasons of political expediency.
— Shirley Chisholm
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Esther Albert, Esq.

Education/Criminal Justice Contributor.

Esther Albert is a young lawyer just trying to figure it out. Her motto is "DON'T BE RAGGEDY." Raggedy people stay losing.

Esther was born in Cap-Haitien, Haiti and grew up in South Florida. Esther graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2011. She was a double major earning a Bachelors in English and a Bachelors in Sociology. She minored in African-American Studies. 

After graduating from the University of Florida, she joined Teach for America and taught Elementary School in Atlanta Georgia for two years. Her refugee students are still close to her heart. While teaching,  she earned a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education.

Esther cares a lot about literacy, & inclusive curriculum. As nerdy as it sounds, she LOVES learning. Who wouldn't wanna KNOW ish?! Like Dr. Seuss said "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."  After teaching, Esther attended Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.  She graduated in May 2016. At Georgetown Law she served as the current events editor of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal.  

Esther is barred in Georgia but she works in Washington D.C. doing Education Law work for the Government. 

“Think and wonder, wonder and think.”-Dr. Seuss

All of Esther's Posts for Collectively UnBOSSED are done in her personal capacity; nothing she states should be taken as legal advice. 

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Dr. Bertrhude Albert

International Development Contributor.

Bertrhude ("B")  is a recent Ph.D. graduate of the department of Agricultural Education and Communication at UF specializing in Extension Education.

As a Haitian American, Bertrhude Albert finds herself enamored by the story of the Haitian people and committed to seeing Haiti rise to her full potential and destiny through sustainable development and human capacity growth. Currently, she is the CEO and co-founder of a Gainesville based 501(c)3 nonprofit, Projects for Haiti.

B is also a syndicated rapper.

No really, she has a reputation. Ask her about it.

Kristen
Wilson

Black/Brown Wealth Contributor.

You can find this music lover wherever the creative people are. Originally from the D (Detroit. East Side.) and a proud product of Detroit Public Schools, Kristen has a passion for creatives that she hopes will allow her to wear hoodies to work for the rest of her life. (Because, why not?) Kristen has a bachelor's in International Business from Howard University and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Georgetown University Law Center. In May 2017, she will receive her Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation and a Certificate in Estate Planning from Georgetown Law.

Kristen knows about monies. At Georgetown, Kristen had the opportunity to take courses such as Advanced Private Wealth Seminar and was a student attorney in the Social Enterprise and Non-Profit Law Clinic. Her career interests involve working with Black small business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, faith-based organizations, and Black entertainers & athletes. She’s specifically interested in:

Business planning and strategy; wealth planning and personal financial management; helping faith-based charities establish multiple streams of revenue while maintaining tax exemption; coaching non-profits on sound governance; helping entertainers/athletes realize social impact by advising them on charitable ventures; training songwriters and composers on copyright protection and business formation. 

Most importantly, Kristen loves Jesus, Trap Music, and all things Japanese (hashtag: Otaku).

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Michelle
Albert

Black/Brown Liberation
Contributor.

Michelle Albert is a 20-Something-year-old pizza queen inspired by Haitian culture, trained in public relations and specializing in the digital space. She's had the opportunity to experience the rich extension of the Caribbean in South Florida and developed a passion for it's diverse community. After graduating from the University of Florida in 2015, she took on a communication directorship in south Florida and continues to consult start-ups and non-profit organizations on accessible and affordable marketing strategy.

Michelle's fascinated by the intersection of faith, the Church and the black/brown experience.  She's into last minute flight deals, zero-base budgeting, CrossFit and all things SEO. 

All of Michelle's contributions to Collectively Unbossed are based on her personal opinions and experiences but feel free to take as fact if you're a wreck like that.

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Breanne Palmer, Esq. 

Immigration
Contributor.

Breanne is a licensed attorney in Washington, DC, doing immigration work for the federal government. She is a first-generation American, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, and was born and raised in South Florida. Breanne graduated with cum laude honors from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2016, and magna cum laude from the University of Florida in 2013. During law school, Breanne focused on refugee and immigration law issues, earning a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. Breanne has written about the merits of Black rage in the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, and the plight of Black immigrants and undocumented people caught in the crosshairs of the criminal justice and immigration systems in The Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives .She believes in the vital importance of including Black immigrants in racial justice and migrant rights conversations.

Breanne is committed to social justice and liberation for all Black people, because as #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Alicia Garza says, "when Black people get free, everybody gets free."  She takes time to speak out about social justice issues via social media, and believes in the concept and practice of servant leadership.  She is a fierce womanist and takes lessons from leaders like Ella Baker, Maria Stewart, Fannie Lou Hamer, Constance Baker Motley, Nanny of the Maroons, and others.  Breanne labors daily to be an engineer of change in her community.

All of Breanne's views and writings for Collectively Unbossed are done in her personal capacity as a private citizen.

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Erin Keith,
Esq.

Juvenile and Criminal Justice Contributor.

Erin Keith is a licensed attorney, focusing on juvenile and criminal justice policy and combating the over criminalization of youth of color. She credits her upbringing in Detroit, Michigan (West Side, stand up!) for sparking her dedication to community building and spirit of activism. Erin graduated summa cum laude from Howard University in 2013 with her B.A. in Political Science and from Georgetown University Law Center with her J.D. in 2016. In undergrad, she organized a free bus trip to Michigan for Howard University students, who were ineligible to cast absentee ballots as first-time voters. In law school, Erin continued her passion for reaching back by teaching a human rights course at a Washington, D.C. public high school and creating a “Know Your Rights” canvassing initiative. She also served as Attorney General for the Georgetown Black Law Students Association, Senior Editor of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives and as a student attorney in the Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic, where she represented accused youth in delinquency and school disciplinary proceedings.

In 2016, Erin was published in the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy and the Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives. Erin is a passionate advocate who is certainly “about that life” when it comes to speaking her mind, fighting oppression and mass incarceration, and helping others realize their own power. All of Erin’s views and writings for Collectively UNBOSSED are done in her personal capacity as a private citizen.

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Angela
Thorpe

Black/Brown History Contributor.

Angela is a petite, sweet-n-cynical, brown-skinned girl (70% cocoa) who resides in Charlotte, NC. Angela's life as an Air Force brat took her all over the world, allowing her to develop a passion for history and culture. Angela earned her BA in history (minor: African American Studies) in 2011, and her MA in Museum Studies in 2014. She has gone on to work for cultural organizations in Chicago, IL and Greensboro and Durham, NC. She is currently working to add a few pops of color to an institution dedicated to a dead white man near Charlotte, NC.

In her professional life, Angela is interested in exploring how to build diverse museum workforces, how to make museums more inclusive institutions, the museum's role as an agent of community-building, and how to make museums accessible to underrepresented populations.

In her personal life, Angela is interested in exploring how much Chardonnay she can drink in a weekend, bingeing on the Real Housewives franchise, listening to Lauryn Hill, as well as jazz greats like Herbie Hancock and Oscar Peterson, doing yoga, and, of course, visiting museums.

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Ashley Maxie-Moreman

Mental Health/Education Contributor.

Maxie is currently a Counseling Psychology, PhD student at UM. Things that make her happy: laughing, Beyonce and Solange (thank you black Jesus), aggravating her dog Max, cooking, eating, dancing while inebriated, and talking schmack. Things that make her slightly annoyed, pissed, or enraged: crumbs on the counter, Max when he doesn’t want to pee/poop outside because the grass is wet, people who constantly interrupt other people, bullying (just DON’T), quinoa (WHY?), THE ENTIRE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, and people who always got something negative to say (yo mama ain’t never told you about that?).
Maxie was born in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology and in 2015 with her M.Ed. and M.A. in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. Maxie worked for some time as a REACH Community School Director at FDA II in Harlem (check out REACH’s website if you are curious) before she started at UM.
Maxie’s research interests are negative race-based experiences, racial identity and their connections with academic motivation and achievement in Black youth. She is also passionate about mental health practitioners providing culturally/contextually appropriate care and breaking down the negative stigma associated with mental illness.

None of Maxie’s contributions for Collectively UNBOSSED represent the views/beliefs of the University of Miami or any other organization that she is affiliated with.

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Angie Z.
Baez

Black/Brown Liberation Contributor.

Angie Z. Baez is a first generation Dominican-American born in the South (south) Bronx. By the age of 10 Angie's mother relocated her to South Florida where she would come to learn and grow her passion for social justice and community building. Spending every summer in the Dominican Republic, Angie tapped into the rich Caribbean culture where she wrestled with the juxtaposition of being marginalized within the context of systemic American racism while undoubtedly benefiting from the privilege anti-black Dominican racism afforded those who look like her.

As an adult, Angie returned to New York City where she works in HR at a rapidly growing tech company. While at work, Angie champions initiatives revolving around Diversity & Inclusion and adult education. In her personal life, Angie spends a large amount of her time caring for her Yorkshire Terrier, Winston Albert and her younger siblings.

Angie is dedicated to the liberation of all people with particular focus on the struggles of black folk both locally and globally knowing that her liberation is bound up in theirs. 

All of Angie's contributions for Collectively Unbossed are done in her personal capacity and do not reflect the opinions or positions of her employer.

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Dr. Priscilla Zelaya

International Development Contributor.

Priscilla Zelaya is the Co-Founder and COO of Projects for Haiti. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Florida in Elementary Education and recently completed her doctoral degree at the University of Florida in Agricultural Education and Communication with a specialization in Extension Education. She hopes to live her life inspiring others to pursue their dreams and use their God-given talents to change the world.

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Erian
Stirrup

Black/Brown Liberation Contributor.

Erian can’t stop talking about oppression. She is passionate about Mass Incarceration, Anti-Black Racism, Police Brutality, Hoteps, Education and Black Culture. On any given day of the week you’ll find her ranting about one, or more, or all of these topics. 

Erian's passion for these issues led her to enroll in law school in 2014 and on May 8, 2017, she will proudly duck walk across the stage at Emory University’s School of Law. Before law school, she attended the University of Florida (Go Gata), where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Political Science, Criminology, and African American Studies.

Erian grew up in the heart of Miami. A small, historic community named Overtown—a short drive across the bridge from the beautiful beaches highlighted in tourism advertisements and movies. She was raised by a single mother, who instilled in her the passion and power to say what she means, and mean what she says. She owes everything to her mother and the sacrifices she made for her & her siblings.

After graduation Erian is moving back home to Miami where she will begin working at the Miami Dade County Public Defender’s Office. After years of learning and organizing and talking about justice and equality, she will start her career in a place where she will be able to effectuate change in her own community. From there, she hopes to continue working in the name of justice and equality, by any means necessary.

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Sara
Mathewos

Public Policy Contributor.

Sara (pronounced Saw-DUH) is a high-energy, super smiley, youth policy advocate. Her pet peeves include people that walk slow and block the sidewalk, references to “black on black crime,” an individualism and personal responsibility argument without acknowledging systemic barriers,  racism, misogyny, cigarette smokers under the age of 30, and reverse racism (it’s not a thing).  

Sara is a senior policy associate at a  a national, nonprofit based in D.C., that focuses on advancing equitably federal policies that improve outcomes for older youth that are not in school and not employed. Her workdays are spent improving collaboration and promoting alignment across systems, sectors and issue areas so young people and their families have access to the comprehensive and coordinated supports they need. 

Sara is a proud daughter of a strong, selfless Queen; baby sister to five siblings who have showered her with infinite amount of love; Eritrean, who embodies her country’s motto Never Kneel Down; child of refugees; UF Gator; Delta Gal; and quintessential Virgo.

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Youkou G.
Damey

Public Policy Contributor.

Youkou G. Damey received will receive her J.D. from Howard University School of Law in 2017. She received her M.A.T. from Georgia State University in 2013 and her B.A. from the University of Georgia in 2011. During her time in law school, she served as the Captain of the Goler Teal Butcher Moot Court Team, and held leadership positions in the Howard Public Interest Society, the Education Law Society, and the African Law Students Association. She has interned in different government agencies such as the Office of General Counsel and Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Education, the Civil Rights Division (Educational Opportunities Section) in the Department of Justice, and the Office of Civil Rights in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She is interested in civil rights issues in housing and education, and she is passionate about mentoring youth from low-income neighborhoods.