Dashka Slater has been telling stories since she could talk. An award-winning journalist who writes for such publications as The New York Times Magazine and Mother Jones, she is also the author of nine books of fiction and non-fiction for children and adults. Her 2017 young-adult true crime narrative, The 57 Bus, has received numerous accolades, including the 2018 Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association and the 2018 Beatty Award from the California Library Association.
Sagnicthe Salazar is the Director of Restorative Discipline at Elmhurst Community Prep in East Oakland, California. He is a first generation migrant Xicana from East Oakland by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco. Sagnicthe is a grassroot organizer and educator who has dedicated the last 18 years of his life to organizing for cultural, educational, work and human rights of Raza communities and other communities of color. He is a Xicana Moratorium Coalition (XMC) Lead Organizer and a member of the Schools not Jails Coalition.
Deanne Morizono Myers has been with Community Works West since 2003 as an artist and Restorative Justice facilitator working with children and adults whose lives have been impacted by incarceration. She has designed and implemented projects that integrate RJ practices with creative arts to explore the composition of identity, the impact of inherited legacies and the possibility of transformation.
DeAngela Cooks is an acclaimed speaker and diversity educator of 20 years. She has developed and facilitated a number of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, including workshops and keynotes for UC Davis, The County of Alameda, UCLA, NAACP, San Francisco Department of Probation, and the Pacific Center for Human Growth. DeAngela brings humor and storytelling to sensitive topics, including all voices in the room. Along with co-founding The Mosaic Collaborative, DeAngela is the Program Manager for Project What!, a youth empowerment organization dedicated to serving children of incarcerated parents.