Episode 62 | Raising Activists w/ Kassie Infante & Dr. Marianela Rivera

Season #2

In this episode of Our Classroom Kassie Infante and Dr. Marianela Rivera of the HomePlace Collective join me to discuss Raising Activists.

Classroom Notes

  •  Democratic citizen in 21st century USA
  •  How to support positive youth development in their quest for social change
  •  3 action steps to drive social change

Dr. Marianela Rivera and Kassie Infante, MEd, co-founders of HomePlace Collective, are Lawrence MA-based scholar-activists, community organizers, and former elected school committee members. They both believe in the power of activism as a tool for social change and a mindset for developing hope.

Dr. Rivera is a physical therapist and has focused the majority of her career on serving students receiving special education services. Her experiences while working for Lawrence Public Schools revealed systemic issues impacting her students and their families, which motivated her to run and win a last-minute write-in campaign for the Lawrence School Committee in 2015.

Ms. Infante earned her B.S from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and has extensive experience working in the non- profit, educational development/philanthropy and political advocacy field. Her studies and interest lie in advancing progressive education policy, community organizing and critical participatory action research as methods to disrupt and dismantle systemic racism.

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