“We work together to change mindsets around equity and dismantling systemic oppression and racism.”
– Dr. Darnisa Amante-Jackson
Dr. Darnisa Amante-Jackson
President & Co-Founder
Dr. Darnisa Amante-Jackson is an educational and racial equity strategist that is deeply committed to the study of culture; innovation; and adult development. Since earning her master’s degree in Anthropology from Brandeis University, and her doctorate from Harvard’s Educational Leadership Doctorate (Ed.L.D.), Dr. Amante-Jackson has honed her knowledge of culture and adult development to transform organizational and school cultures on issues of equity; change management and re-design. Dr. Amante-Jackson currently serves as the CEO of The Disruptive Equity Education Project (DEEP) and as system level leadership lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.
“Yes, race is a social construct, but one that has constructed us socially.”
– Andrea Martin
Senior Engagement Strategist
Andrea Martin serves as the Senior Engagement Strategist for DEEP. Andrea earned her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in systems-level/ community engagement during which she developed a passion for social justice, racial equity and fighting systems of oppression. She studied the dynamics of Power, Privilege and Oppression, Positive Youth Empowerment, Program Development, Racial Identity Models, Critical Race Theory, and Disrupting Privilege and has training in Trauma Informed Care and as a Mental Health First Aid Trainer. At DEEP she is able to align her passion for racial equity work with her skills in program development, systemic change and facilitation.
“A process is a series of actions taken to achieve a particular end. For me, that process is equity and that end is justice.”
– Akuoma Nwadike
Senior Research & Data Strategist
Ms. Akuoma Nwadike is an educator and researcher-practitioner dedicated to social justice in K-12 and postsecondary education through equity and access. After years of teaching and completing two master’s degrees in education from a practical and research lens, she chose to pursue a terminal degree and is now a Ph.D. candidate in Learning, Leadership, and Educational Policy from the University of Connecticut focused on publicly advocating for, designing, and implementing culturally relevant, responsive, and sustainable academic programming for Black and brown students, predominantly from underserved communities. Her expertise in research, mixed methods data analysis, and program development and measurement inspired her to join DEEP, furthering her personal mission through synergy with that of the organization as their Senior Research and Data Strategist.
“It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.”
– Frederick Douglas
Mikel Brand Oliver
Managing Director of Strategy and Engagement
Mikel Brand Oliver serves as Managing Director of Engagement and Strategy for The Disruptive Equity Education Project, to bolster DEEP’s organizational vision through client engagement, culture, and system creation. Mikel served in Public Education for thirteen years as an educator, instructional coach of mathematics and Managing Director of The Boys Institute, an initiative she founded in 2016 for Black Males in Southeast, D.C. Mikel earned a Master’s in Reading Education from Bowie State University and a Master’s in School Leadership from Harvard University. Mikel is the owner and Principal Consultant of Mpact Consultancy LLC, offering strategic partnerships to help organizations reach targeted goals and priorities.
With over 10 years of experience teaching in the classroom and serving as a socio-emotional learning (SEL) facilitator, Daisy deeply believes in the power of uniting people from diverse backgrounds and providing experiential opportunities for meaningful coalition building. After earning her undergraduate degree early at the University of California, Berkeley, in ethnic studies and international relations, she lived abroad in Nicaragua where she taught leadership and environmental education. She continues to work in Central America twice a year with global student workshops through the World Leadership School. Daisy has her master’s degree in education from St. Mary’s College and four Montessori certifications for 1st-12th grade education. Daisy teaches a course called “Leading for Equity” at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and partners with local schools in the Boston area to dismantle systemic racism and create equitable opportunities for all students. As DEEP’s Director of Equity Curriculum and Education she is, first and foremost, the holder of the practice, the toolkit, and the workshop impact.