Sashai Alvarez Jasper
Sashai is a proud Chicago Public Schools product. She graduated from Richard Yates Elementary and Whitney M. Young High School. Sashai continued her education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and then moved to New York City to teach High School English in the Bronx while obtaining her Masters in the Science of Teaching at Pace University in New York, New York. Although Sashai came to education by way of the non-profit: Teach For America, Sashai decided to stay in education because she knew that youth advocacy and fighting for educational equity are part of her calling and purpose in life. Sashai now works at OneGoal, Chicago (i.e. a college access and educational non-profit) as a Director of Secondary Partnerships. Sashai is committed to ensuring that all children are prepared and given the tools they need in order to achieve their postsecondary aspirations. Sashai A. Jasper currently resides in Chicago with her nine-year-old daughter, Rileigh, (i.e. proud CPS student) and Toy Poodle:Oreo.
Evan J. Roberts is an author, educator, and youth mentor. Over the past ten years, he has worked to empower youth throughout the Chicagoland area and across the United States. He is the author of 20 books, including the diverse children’s series Khahari Discovers and Khahari Jr. He has consulted with schools, libraries, churches, youth programs, and businesses that serve youth.
Chikamso Odume has been in education for the last 7 years and has committed herself to inspiring students to overcome the barriers that impact their post-secondary pathway. Originally from the Bronx borough of New York, she moved to Chicago upon graduating SUNY Geneseo to pursue her interest in urban education. She completed her Master's Degree at Dominican University and has fought for education equity both inside and outside the classroom. . Inside the school building, she prides herself in creating a culturally responsive college access curriculum so that students from low income backgrounds could seem themselves reflected in post-secondary pathways. Outside of the classroom, her fight continues as she attends CPS Board meetings to uplift the voices of teachers of color and is also an active part of an organization called ILEE , which fights for education equity for the students in Chicago. As a current Director of Teacher Support, she continues to look for ways to uplift the voices of students of color in not only the post-secondary landscape, but every step of the way there.