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Dr. Ishman Anderson

Ishman Anderson is a Faculty Lecturer with the Criminal Justice Studies Department at San Francisco State University (SFSU).  He is a first generation college student who grew up in West Oakland, and was a 2007 graduate of McClymonds High School. 


Ishman has spent over 11 years dedicating himself to guiding underrepresented students in K-12 and at the collegiate level including serving as a Mentor/High School Counselor for the UCLA Vice Provost Initiative for Pre-College, and then as an academic counselor for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB). During his time at CSUEB, he started the My Other Brother (MOB) Black male initiative, aimed at increasing college access and retention for Black males, and currently partnering with McClymonds High School and Castlemont High School in Oakland ,Ca


Ishman's research interest includes cultural relevancy, cultural capital, critical race theory, and Tupac Shakur’s construct of Thug Life as praxis for Black male success through forms of resistance, community and cultural authenticity.


Ishman has bachelor's degree from UC Davis in Sociology major and double minor in Education and Chicana/o studies and masters’ degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs from UCLA. Most recently, Ishman has earned his Doctorate degree from the San Francisco State University Educational Leadership Doctoral program in May, 2020



Brandon Brown

AKA Griot B

Brandon Brown is a dynamic educator of minds. He 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. He is a brother of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity inc, he is at your service today. Please welcome Griot B



Stevi Grimm is a Social Science teacher at Antioch High School. A Bay Area Native, Ms. Grimm received her Bachelor’s Degree from University of California, Berkeley, where she specialized in 19th Century global relations. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago, where she concentrated on urban sociology. Her work focused on understanding systemic oppression and inequality in the Rust Belt Cities in America. She uses what she learned to teach World and American History and to advocate for social, economic, racial justice and reform in education.


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Bob Just

Bob Just (He/Him) serves as the Assistant Director for Leadership Development at the University of San Francisco. He is a Gallup-certified CliftonStrengths Coach and is passionate about social change through liberatory leadership. Bob is a native Vermonter and moved to the Bay Area in 2013. Bob's goal is to make this world a better place by utilizing his strengths in building strong-collaborative relationships, to foster inclusive communities that promote a shared sense of inter-connectedness and well-being.



  • Master of Science, College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University 

  • Bachelor of Science, Human Development & Family Studies with a Minor in Business Administration from the University of Vermont


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Timothy Mays

Timothy is currently serving as the Assistant Director for Black Student Success at Northeastern Illinois University where he helps build infrastructural support for Black identified students, faculty and staff. He is a former Teacher at Antioch High School in Antioch, CA. He received his Master’s in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago in 2016 and continues to dig deeper into his research around exoticism, disposability, and the healing of Black bodies. Timothy recently released his first poetry and affirmation book entitled, “And Still I Rise to Fantasize” which attempts to channel Black resilience in the face of consistent trauma while having the unwavering courage to strive toward being holistically well.Timothy has devoted himself to making sure that people from low-income communities are prepared for and comfortable with the possibility of advocating for themselves to ensure that a true sense of community is accomplished.



My name is Shazmine Randle. I am currently a middle school Special Education teacher in the Bay Area. I was born and raised in Sacramento and attended Sacramento State University earning a Bachelors's in Sociology. I have earned my Master in Educational Leadership from Concordia University-Portland and finishing my credential from Holy Names University. Upon graduation, I will pursue my doctoral degree to research tools and strategies to decrease suspension rates for children of color with IEPs. 


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