Who We Are
"As a person of color, this struggle has always been a part of who I am. My work as an educator of children and adults is grounded in the journey towards justice. My very existence, my voice, and my work are experienced by some people as threatening, but I continue on this path, resisting every day those messages and efforts to make me invisible or absent on this journey. The recent evidence of a new uprising, and people from all marginalized groups uniting with renewed energy, gives me hope."
Hadiyah Miller is an ECE Faculty member at Portland Community College and a long time activist and educator for social justice. She is also a Master Trainer in the Oregon Child Care Professional Development Registry. Hadiyah does consulting and training and is serving as a Mentor to the African American Family Child Care Network.
"I began decades ago when, as a teenager I went to Chicago to participate in a Project that brought together white and black teenagers to live communally at a Lutheran Chapel and be immersed in the issues of poverty and racism in urban Chicago. It was a life-transforming experience that set the direction for my journey towards justice. There is nothing more important to me than this work and sharing the struggle for social and economic justice.....striving to create a society that welcomes every child and adult just as they are.
Katie Kissinger is an educator, author, and activist for social change. She has been teaching children and adults from an anti-bias/anti-oppression perspective for 30 years. She works as an Adjunct College Instructor and an education Consultant for social justice. She is the author of the bestselling children’s book All the Colors We Are: The Story of How We Get Our Skin Color and for adults: "Anti-Bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom: hand in hand, step by step." Katie is also a Master Trainer in the Oregon Child Care Professional Development Registry.
"The early journey I can remember is always struggling with the fact that I was different from anyone I knew. In high school, my isolation came to a breaking point when a teacher called me "Pocahontas"....my response was to call him "Custer"...my journey had begun....in the years following I have moved from anger and vengeance to using my voice in a manner in which I can say what is true for me in a way that people can hear."
Qahira Barton is a semi-retired early childhood educator after working as a Program Director and then Division Director for childhood and family programs at Volunteers of America. Qahira studies and leads dances with the Dances of Universal Peace Group. She is also an ECE consultant with a focus on anti-oppression/anti-bias education.