Erica Hodgin is the Associate Director of the Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG) at Mills College and the Research Director of the Educating for Participatory Politics project -- an action group of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP). She is also Co-Principal Investigator with Joe Kahne of Educating for Democracy in the Digital Age – a district-wide civic education effort in partnership with Oakland Unified School District and the National Writing Project. Her current research focuses on the the educational implications of youth civic and political engagement in the digital age. She has authored articles in Theory and Research in Social Education and the Journal of Digital and Media Literacy, as well as book chapters in Digital Equity and Educational Opportunity and #youthaction: Becoming Political in the Digital Age. Erica received her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Mills College and completed her dissertation on the ways cultural humility can enable teachers to build effective relationships with students across racial and cultural differences. Before joining CERG, Erica taught English and Social Studies and served as an instructional coach at the middle school and high school level. She also coordinated educational programs in several non-profit organizations in California and Maharastra, India.
Young Whan Choi is Manager of College, Career, and Community Readiness in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University and has his Master of Arts in Teaching from Teachers College. A desire to serve students of color is at the heart of his work. He has led the development of a national online Ethnic Studies curriculum and co-leads OUSD's Ethnic Studies Leadership Team. Through his work in public schools in New York City, Providence, RI, and Oakland, CA, he has developed expertise in culturally relevant classroom instruction, curriculum design, work-based learning, and teacher professional development.