is an educator, consultant and activist, whose passion is facilitating group learning about & in the context of social justice movements, in classroom, workplace and community settings. Davey combines expressive arts, introspective exploration, academic theory and hands-on skills-building to help groups deepen understanding and practice of social justice principles. Clients include colleges & universities, student groups, community organizations, healthcare providers and human service agencies, and more.
Davey earned an M.Ed. in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. With Chase Catalano, Davey is coauthor of the “Transgender Oppression” chapters in Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, 2nd & 3rd editions, and with Linda McCarthy, Davey and Chase also wrote the “Transgender Oppression Curriculum Design ” in Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, 2nd edition.
Nelson is a facilitator and trainer on social justice and diversity issues who offers an alliance building model and over two decades of experience working to address interpersonal, community and institutional violence. Based in Oakland, Nelson has produced and co-led workshops and trainings for youth, non-profit staff and community leaders throughout California and across the country, and has presented internationally on the fight for recognition and a wage for women’s unpaid caring work. Nelson’s work focuses on challenging economic inequality as the common root of racism, sexism, homophobia/heterosexism and other forms of oppression. Nelson is co-author of Young Women’s Lives: Building Self-awareness for Life, a group curriculum for self-development and Making Allies, Making Friends: A Middle School Making the Peace Program.
Ru Cymrot-Wu is a queer Jewish leader, educator and organizer. Ru was raised by a large LGBTQA family, and cut her organizing teeth on San Francisco queer politics in the ’80s and ’90s. Ru has rallied Jews statewide to fight for racial, economic, LGBTQ and queer family justice with many fabulous initiatives and organizations such as: the Transgender Economic Empowerment Initiative (TEEI), the San Francisco Organizing Project (SFOP), Jewish Mosaic: The National Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, Bend The Arc, San Francisco Human Rights Commission LGBT and AIDS Advisory Board, and Kol Tzedek. As an educator and trainer with Temple Sinai of Oakland and COLAGE, Ru developed youth empowerment curricula to provide Anti-Bias educational programming for youth, families and educators.
is the Director of the LGBT Resource Center at Syracuse University, and a doctoral candidate in Social Justice Education (UMass). His dissertation is on trans-masculine students’ experiences in higher education and with masculinity. Chase has worked in student affairs since he completed his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in May 1999.
Chase is the Scholar in Residence for the ACPA Standing Committee for Men, and won the 2008 ACPA Award for Public Service from the Standing Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Awareness. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses, facilitated trainings for student and professional staff, and provided guest lectures. His training and course topics include racism, classism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, religious oppression, transgender oppression, Millennials, and media/pop culture in relation to trans/gender expression.
With Davey Shlasko, Chase is coauthor of the “Transgender Oppression” chapter in Readings for Diversity and Social Justice, 2nd edition, and with Linda McCarthy, Davey and Chase also wrote the “Transgender Oppression Curriculum Design ” in Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice, 2nd edition.