Meet the Organizers

Free Minds, Free People is organized by a large team of volunteers from across the country–teachers, students, activists, academics and parents.

Mapping the Organizers

Our conference organizers come from all of over the country. Check out this link to learn more about where we all make home. Organizer Map

Anita Chikkatur
Carleton College - Minneapolis, MN
Excited to play a part in bringing together people who define education as the practice of freedom.
Asif Wilson
Harold Washington College, Teachers for Social Justice - Chicago, IL
FMFP is a space where we engage in praxis--actively building the sort of world we want to live in.
Awo Okaikor Aryee-Price
MapSO Freedom School/EduColor/National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action - New Jersey
I am excited about reconnecting with old friends, making new ones, and sowing the seeds for future friendships unknown to me.
Biba Fullon
Education for Liberation Network - Cottage Lake, NY
Brian Ford
Center For Social Justice, Teachers Undoing Racism Now - Montclair, NJ
Free Minds, Free People is home. It's special. It brings together folks dedicated to education for liberation and amplifies crucial voices. I can't imagine my path as an educator-activist without it.
Brian Lozenski
The Education for Liberation Network - St. Paul, MN via Philadelphia
FMFP gives me life! It is one of the most unique spaces dedicated to the Freedom struggle in education. We celebrate each other and form solidarity through strategizing and skill-building.
Christina "V" Villarreal
Brown University - Providence, RI
Working to organizing FMFP is truly a labor of radical love. The healing space that FMFP offers for educators, organizers and young people is unlike any other and I deeply love and appreciate the opportunity to work and build alongside such amazing gamechangers.
cory cochrane
Social Justice Education Movement (Twin Cities, MN)
Curtis Acosta
Acosta Educational Partnership and the University of Arizona - Arizona
FMFP is a space that challenges, re-energizes, and inspires all of us to work in solidarity toward liberation through education.
Daniel Morales Morales
Minneapolis, MN
We need children, youth, parents, teachers and communities in charge of justice-oriented education.
Carolina Valdez
People's Education Movement
Denisha Jones
Trinity Washington University
Heather H. Woodley
NYU Steinhardt
Heidi Affi
Minneapolis, MN
Jamilyn Salonga Bailey
Caylao - Orlando, FL
Excited to reconnect, to build and to imagine together.
Jason Moore
Oakland University - Ann Arbor, MI
The people and the work give me so much hope.
Jay Gillen
Baltimore Algebra Project
FMFP is the most vibrant and action-oriented gathering of people committed to un-doing/re-doing how we raise children to be free.
Jennifer Etienne
University of Minnesota Twin Cities via Bronx, NY
Jody Sokolower
Rethinking Schools, Middle East Children's Alliance
Jose Alvillar
Navigate MN - Minneapolis, MN
I love working in a community filled with amazing folks that are working on so many amazing things across the country.
Keith Catone
Center for Youth & Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE) - Cranston, RI
Good people. Good work. Good times. Getting free.
Lars Esdal
Education Evolving - St. Paul, MN
I'm excited about coming together in community with others who believe education can and should be a route to developing agency and self-determination.
Lindsey M. Allen
Washington, DC
FMFP is a space for community in the pursuit of forming a just society.
Nick Henning
California State University, Fullerton - Los Angeles
So excited to be a part of bringing this powerful grassroots conference to my hometown. MPS 4 life!
Njeri Parker
Chicago, IL
Nyla Bell
Philadelphia Student Union
Rebecca Irby
PEAC Institute Peace Education & Art Communication - Montclair, NJ
I can be fully me and have found others who know there is much hard work to do to bring liberation to all but are happy and excited to do it! FMFP feels like home.
René Ly
SFUSD/People’s Education Movement - San Francisco, CA
I love organizing across the country towards a collective effort towards more love, liberation, and resistance.
Rose Brewer
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Sarah Garton
Twin Cities Social Justice Education Movement - Minneapolis, MN
I am so excited to be a part of my first FMFP! I can't wait to spend a weekend with my people--learning, loving and building together.
Susan Wilcox
SEW Consulting, FireBeads Media
Teddy Chao
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
It brings together all my heroes.
Thomas Nikundiwe
Education for Liberation Network
No matter where FMFP is held, it always feels like home. Very much looking forward to making a new home in the Twin Cities this year!
Tonya Walls
Touro University Nevada - Las Vegas
I am committed to liberation through education and supporting the work of FMFP allows me to walk the talk of this praxis. It also supports the organizing and advocacy work I engage with Code Switch: Restorative Justice for Girls of Color and Teachers for Social Justice Las Vegas.
Tracy Pham
Neighborhood House - St. Paul, MN
Zakiya Sankara-Jabar
Racial Justice NOW! Ohio and and Dignity in Schools Campaign