Ben Kirshner is a Professor of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder and Faculty Director of CU Engage: Center for Community-Based Learning and Research. His experiences working with young people at a community center in San Francisco’s Mission District motivated him to study educational equity and design social justice learning environments. In his work with the MYPA team, Ben partners with secondary school teachers and administrators to design, study, and sustain structured opportunities for student voice in decision making. Ben’s 2015 book, Youth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality, received the social policy award for the best-authored book from the Society of Research on Adolescence.
Ginnie Logan is a student in Learning Sciences and Human Development at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research interests center on issues of youth civic identity development as it relates to race, gender, and national identity. Specifically, Ginnie utilizes critical theoretical and methodological lenses to explore how national context and minoritized identities inform conceptions of civic engagement, identity, and activism for Black girls in the U.S., Cuba, and South Africa. Through her scholarship, Ginnie is committed to developing models of praxis that result in emancipatory outcomes for Black girls and other minoritized youth. Before returning to graduate school, Ginnie was the director of an educational nonprofit, an assistant principal, a teacher trainer, and high school teacher.