Diana Lee is a Ph.D. student at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and a member of the Media, Activism, and Participatory Politics (MAPP) research team. Her work explores representations of race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, and other interlocking aspects of identity in U.S. media and popular culture.
Raffi Sarkissian is a Ph.D student at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, with an MA in Critical Studies (USC School of Cinematic Arts). His work focuses on the intersections of Hollywood culture, celebrity activism, and production of LGBT rights rhetoric and minority narratives.
Talitha Baker currently works as the Director of Events at The Giving Keys, a Los Angeles-based jewelry company that employs people who are transitioning out of homelessness. Prior to her work with The Giving Keys, Talitha worked for six years at Invisible Children where she contributed to the viral success “Kony 2012” and regularly empowered teens to create concrete solutions to human rights injustices in Central Africa.
Marium Mohiuddin has worked in communications and publishing for the past 15 years. Besides working as an editor in the Features department of the Austin American-Statesman, Marium has been the editor in chief and managing editor of several magazine publications and an international manager for the American Heart Association.
Allen L. Linton II is a political science doctoral student working with Cathy Cohen’s Chicago Team at the University of Chicago. Allen coordinates the Black Youth Project’s Chicago Team for the Educating for Participatory Politics project working with Chicago Public Schools and the Global Citizenship Initiative to pilot a civics education curriculum infused with digital media.
Nicole Mirra is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the UCLA Graduate School of Education (GSEIS). In addition to being a Connected Learning Ambassador for the National Writing Project, she is the coordinator of the Council of Youth Research, which mentors L.A. public high school students to become researchers of their own schools and communities in pursuit of educational justice.