This episode features Naima Raza, a student trustee for the Lambton Kent District School Board in Ontario.
Curious from a young age, Naima is committed to exploring, learning, and growth. Her experience as the founder of the Bluewater Sustainability Initiative, an Arabic teacher at the Sarnia Muslim Association, and a Student Trustee for the Lambton Kent District School Board (LKDSB) were formative to her work in community development, social justice, and youth engagement. She recently also completed the MaRS Discovery District’s Studio Y Fellowship in Toronto, as a part of their third cohort. A youth advocate, Naima is currently working as the Student Voice Coordinator for the LKDSB. She believes in doing this work through a collaborative, critical and systems lens. This fall, Naima will be pursuing the Knowledge Integration and Public Policy programs at the University of Waterloo. Recently, Naima was appointed to the position of Director of Strategy for the Student Voice Initiative in Canada and can be reached by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This episode features Andrew Brennan, the National Field Director for Student Voice.
Andrew Brennen is a sophomore in the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is majoring in Strategic Communication and Public Policy.
Andrew co-founded the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team in 2012 as a junior in high school. In this capacity, Andrew helped launch and lead a number of projects to amplify and elevate students as partners in improving Kentucky schools. These include a successful statewide, student-led campaign to restore over 15 million for low-income student scholarships; the drafting and promotion of HB 236 to add students to superintendent screening committees; an investigation into the tripwires that prevent high school students from making smooth transitions to college; and a “student voice audit” of a local junior high school to engage students in improving school climate.
In January 2016, Andrew took on a new role as the National Field Director for Student Voice, a national organization with the goal of bridging the gap between students and the education community. As part of his role in Student Voice, Andrew lead a nation-wide tour with the goal of engaging thousands of students across the country through a platform called the “Student Bill of Rights”. Andrew considers himself a storyteller and believes in the power of amplifying and elevating the student experience.
Twitter is: @aebrennen and @stu_voice
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This episode features Dr. Bill Preble, a longtime student voice advocate, author and more.
Dr. Bill Preble has worked on youth voice issues for over 30 years as a teacher, program developer, researcher, and author. He created Project S.A.M.E. a US-Soviet Youth Exchange that brought students from the US and USSR together to advocate for peace; founded Students Concerned about Bias in Society (SCABS) who fought for implementation of Title IX in Maine schools; directed the University of Maine Aspirations Project and launched 35 statewide student leadership teams to bring students’ voices to educational reform; conducted program evaluation research on the effects of the Maine Civil Rights Teams Project whose 50 student teams fought against bigotry and intolerance in Maine communities; founded the Center for School Climate and Learning and worked in hundreds of schools supporting students, teachers and administrators to bring youth voice to school reform in the US; co-authored two books, The Respectful School, and Transforming School Climate and Learning to share what I have learned.
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