Meet the Team
The Women Behind the Event
Tiye Sherrod was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from high school, she went to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to pursue a degree in Economics. While studying to receive her degree, she also spent a great deal of time taking classes with the Intergroup Relations Program (IGR) that Michigan offers undergraduate students. After participating in a race dialogue, Tiye fell in love with the program and the cultural awakening it provided for her personally. In 2007, she took on the challenge of being a dialogue facilitator and completed the extensive training in Michigan's IGR Program. She went on to teach her first intergroup dialogue class on gender norms and stereotypes that hosted several other undergraduate students. Since receiving her Master's of Science in Education in 2015, Tiye has traveled the country speaking about social justice equity. She's done presentations at Harvard University, Iowa State University as well as a Keynote Speech at Carthage College. She currently works full time at a community college in Illinois training faculty and staff on issues of diversity and inclusion.
Agnes Woodward (Cree) is from Kawacatoose First Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. Agnes is the secretary and blog contributor to the Arikara Community Action Group, a nonprofit that was founded in 2015 with a focus on community building through youth engagement, empowerment, and leadership.
Being raised by parents who were both activists, Agnes has always been extremely passionate about human rights issues with a focus on Indigenous rights. Agnes believes in building a better future and has developed a strong sense of justice and a desire to advocate for human rights and to amplify the voices of the many who have been silenced or are yet to find their voice. She is currently a fulltime student in Bloomington, Indiana pursuing a degree in Psychology. Agnes uses her voice to raise awareness on issues that are prevalent in Indigenous communities such as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirited. Through writing and sharing her personal stories and experiences, she hopes to contribute to the healing of Indigenous communities while helping to shine a light on the injustices they face.
Emily began learning about social justice as a young child, but really came to the realization that equity work was her calling once she started working as a professional at a university. Working with college students has given Emily the drive to be an advocate in multiple areas including LGBTQIA+ rights, racial inequality, and access to education for all. She continues this work in her personal and professional life and is currently pursing an EdD in Educational Sustainability at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.