Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators presents a vetted network of professional speakers, mentors, and consultants. It includes organizations and individuals that are experts in the areas of anti-racism and cultural relevant education.

Brandon Brown, aka Griot B

Brandon Brown is a former Assistant Principal turned artist. His music and message has been heard at over 50 colleges nationwide as well as multiple school districts. He is a Griot. In West African tradition a Griot was charged with knowing the history of the kingdom. He told this history through stories and music. Griot B does exactly that, his genre of rap is educational and his goal is to inspire this generation of students to know themselves and their collective power. His purpose is to uplift and educate all Americans about the histories of diverse populations. In 2017 he released the first ever Black History Album, entitled “Ourstory” and it has currently reached over a million streams on all digital platforms. His follow up Latinx History  album “Historia” was a success as well gaining a quarter million streams since it’s release. His Company Schoolyard Rap educates learners of all ages about culturally responsive and culturally relevant pedagogy.

Telephone: (323) 283-1481

Carlian Dawson, Ed.D.

Dr. Dawson has over 30-years experience in education and management consulting. Her clients range from corporations to municipalities, school districts, principals and teachers. She is the Director of Education for the Arizona Center for African American Children where the focus is on the social emotional development and mental health of African American children. She is a Master Trainer of Trainers and co-developer of the Adverse Children’s Experiences (ACEs) program in Arizona ACEs Consortium, she is also a Trainer of Trainers and co-developer of the Neurosequential Model program for Arizona trained by Dr. Bruce Perry (Child Trauma Academy) through the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers. Dr. Dawson has a Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education, a Principal’s Certification from Arizona State University, and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Illinois State University.

Telephone: (602) 677-9057 or (602) 896-9000

Colin Seale

Colin Seale was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, where his struggles gave birth to his passion for educational equity. Using his experience as a math teacher, later an attorney, and now a keynote speaker, contributor to Forbes and The 74, and author of Thinking Like a Lawyer: A Framework for Teaching Critical Thinking to All Students, Colin founded thinkLaw, an award-winning organization that helps educators close the critical thinking gap through powerful, practical instructional strategies and curricular resources.

Telephone: (646) 346- 9258 

Eva Marie Shivers, J.D., Ph.D.

Indigo Cultural Center provides equity-focused training and facilitation for individuals and organizations working within early childhood systems (Birth – Age 8). Indigo’s approach to facilitating training, consultation, and conversations around equity is relationship-based, and centers on mindfulness, transformational learning, systems thinking and setting our intentions on creating authentic harmony. Further, most of our training and consultation is firmly grounded and contextualized by key principles in early childhood development, early childhood mental health, and early childhood education (e.g., attachment theory; identity development; anti-bias education; parallel process; transactional theory; critical race theory). Before each training and consultation event, we work closely with our partners to co-create objectives for learning and anticipated follow-up activities. Our ultimate goal is to engage in partnerships where we can help build our partners’ capacities to continue and lead their own equity work internally.


Robert Jackson

Robert Jackson began his teaching career almost 25 years ago in Indianapolis Public Schools. He has become one of the most sought-after speakers in the country, delivering keynote addresses and workshops to educators, administrators, parents and students. Mr. Jackson has written and published 6 books and has written articles for ASCD EL Leadership Magazine. His new book, “Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets, and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students” was just released August, 2019 by ASCD. His “No More Excuses” Curriculum has been featured in publications nationally and Is being utilized in K-12 Schools, Colleges and Universities in the US and Canada. His books include, “Black Men Stand Up”, “A Boys Guide to Manhood”, “A Young Woman’s Guide to Womanhood”, “Put a Stop to Bullying” and “Solutions to Educating Black and Latino Males.”

Telephone: 323-270-0716

Tamika Sanders, PhD

Dr. Sanders is a cultural leader dedicated to developing programs to help bridge socioeconomic and cultural divides through scholarship and practice. She has over 10 years of experience working with schools and businesses in the areas of teaching, training, curriculum design, public programming, strategic planning, and professional development. Through her company Savvy Pen, Dr. Sanders has been creating multicultural programming and training since 2009 to improve community relations and provide access to greater resources and opportunities for marginalized groups. Dr. Sanders has a PhD in Higher Education, a Master’s in Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. The focus of her research is based on incorporating multicultural initiatives into educational and professional settings to improve communication and build sustainable relationships.

Telephone: (480) 266-9747

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