Jamila Lyiscott aka, Dr. J, is an aspiring way-maker, a community-engaged scholar, nationally renowned speaker, and the author of Black Appetite. White Food: Issues of Race, Voice, and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom. She currently serves as an Associate Professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is the co-founder and co-director of the Center of Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Research. Dr. J is most well known for being featured on TED.com where her video, '3 Ways to Speak English,' has been viewed over 5 million times, and for her commissioned TED Talk, '2053' in response to the inauguration of the 45th occupant of the white house. She has delivered keynotes and workshops at 100s of institutions throughout the nation where she works closely with youth, educators, and communities towards racial healing, equity, and justice.
Using what she has termed a Vision-Driven Justice lens, Dr. Lyiscott works closely with people at both individual and institutional levels to inspire personal and collective vision for immediate and long-term change.
Rooted in the belief that changing the world begins with changing yourself, Dr. Lyiscott offers tools and frameworks for reflection and critical analysis at the individual and institutional levels.
Drawing on her sustained engagement with grassroots communities, Dr. Lyiscott supports the development of action plans that bring vision to life in everyday practice.
Black Appetite. White Food. Invites educators to explore the nuanced manifestations of white privilege as it exists within and beyond the classroom. Renowned speaker and author Jamila Lyiscott provides ideas and tools that teachers, school leaders, and professors can use for awareness, inspiration, and action around racial injustice and inequity.