Issac M. Carter, Ph.D., is a Critical Educator, Life Coach, Organizer, and Musician. Throughout his career, he has led initiatives to support college access, retention, and graduation of low-income students of color and other underrepresented student populations. Dr. Carter possesses over 25 years of higher education experience, having served as chief student affairs officer, chief housing officer, academic program chair, and faculty, holding the rank Associate Professor (tenured). Dr. Carter also worked as Chief of Staff for Florida New Majority during the Breakthrough Campaign and served as the Board Chair for the Miami Workers Center. Currently, he is the co-founder and Principal of the Coaching Imperative, LLC.
His teaching and training incorporate Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, and Decolonizing Methodologies. His pedagogical praxis connects knowledge production with social justice action in support of individuals in becoming engaged citizens. Dr. Carter's comprehensive background has afforded him opportunities to teach undergraduates and graduate students in Education, Business, Law, Social Sciences, and Humanities. Terry Deal, the renowned leadership expert, author, and international consultant, selected Dr. Carter as one of two inaugural faculty members for the Terry Deal Leadership Institute, for which he co-designed and co-taught The Art of Leadership and Leadership and Culture courses.
Dr. Carter was the co-designer and co-instructor for a bi-national honors course done in partnership with CETYS University (Centro de Enseñanza Técnica Y Superior University) in Mexico. He has facilitated student development in organizing for cause, including institution-supported spring break trips to examine race and racism in the South. His course creations over the years include: Hip Hop and the Black Experience in America, Black Radical Traditions, The Rhythm of Resistance, Post-Colonialism: Identity, Representation, and Space, and Social Justice and Higher Education. He has been a featured speaker at Miami Dade College (The Chronicles of Hip Hop: Making History), the Association of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators 21st Annual Conference (Critical Mentorship: Across Cultures at HSI Educational Complexes), the California Council of Cultural Centers in Higher Education (Hate Crime and Bias Incident Management on a College or University Campus), and the Southern California/National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Conference (The Coloniality of Higher Education).
Dr. Carter’s research includes "Critical Interfaith Praxis in Higher Education," Remixed and Reimagined: Innovations in Religion, Spirituality, and (Inter)faith in Higher Education, Myers Education Press, 2020; “Interfaith Engagement and Student Empowerment Among Latino/a and African American Students,” Journal of College and Character, 2019; “I am Not Your Negro,” No Ways Tired: The Journey of Professionals of Color, IAP, 2019; “The Jim Crow Effect on Federal Policy?” Black Bodies, Blue Ribbons, Sense-Brill, 2018; “New Freedom School Movement,” The Assault on Communities of Color, Rowman and Littlefield, 2015; “The Range of the Black Community in Liberty City (pre and post The McDuffie Riots),” FAU Libraries’ Digital Library; "The Constraints of Men Adopting a Feminist Paradigm," Woman Moving Forward, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.
Dr. Carter is the co-editor of the forthcoming volume, Unhooking from Whiteness, Sense, 2020 and a contributor, “Counter-Narratives as a Critical Invitations for Change: Race Centered Policy Making and Backlash @ Peculiar Institutions,” appearing in the soon to be released work, The Peculiar Institution: Whiteness, Power and Resistance to Change, Palgrave MacMillan, 2020. He is currently working on a book exploring Black Music and Social Theory.
Dr. Carter received his doctorate from Florida Atlantic University’s Comparative Studies Program. He earned his master's degree in Counseling and Human Service Management from DePaul University. As an undergraduate, he studied at Elmhurst College, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology.
Alejandro Angee is an Associate Professor Senior of Sociology at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, where he has been teaching sociology and anthropology for over a decade.
In 2016, Alejandro participated in the Fulbright Scholar Program, teaching at Tohoku University in Sendai Japan. He is a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar and a recipient of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) Student Achievement Award. Alejandro has done research for the University of Chicago Chapin Hall Center for Children and Families and for the Research Institute for Social and Economic Policy (RISEP) at Florida international University.
Alejandro completed his Ph.D. in Comparative Sociology from Florida International University in 2012, where he focused on issues of immigration and labor exploitation in the Florida plant nursery industry.
Kerry-Ann Royes is a 25-year veteran of the social sector, passionate about social issues affecting women and people of color.
As CEO of YWCA South Florida, a non-profit organization that seeks to eliminate racism, empower women and stand up for justice, Kerry-Ann brings a wealth of expertise in social justice and innovation, strategic alliances, and program management to refine the agency’s current programs and deliver social services the community has come to expect from YWCA South Florida. She is currently participating in Leadership Florida Cornerstone class for state-wide leaders. Her voice is often sought out for key issues affecting the state, including as a Miami Herald Influencer in 2019 and 2020.
Kerry-Ann earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Sociology from Florida International University, an Executive M.B.A. from Florida Atlantic University, and a Harvard Business School certificate in Strategies of Non-Profit Leadership. When she is not focused on saving the world, Kerry-Ann enjoys reading, traveling and soaking in the sun at the beach with her family.
Gilbert Placeres serves as the Organizing Director of Engage Miami where he aims to build the power and voice of young people locally.
Since starting at Engage Miami in 2017, he has been a leader in growing voter engagement, leadership development and advocacy work with the long-term goal of building a more just, democratic and sustainable Miami. Raised between New York, Dominican Republic and Miami, Gilbert was trained as an organizer while working with a presidential campaign in 2012 after graduating high school. Before joining Engage Miami, he was a research associate at the Public Policy Institute of California.
Gilbert graduated with degrees in Political Science and Quantitative Economics from Tufts University in 2016, and he is also a graduate of the Public Policy & International Affairs Summer Institute at UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy.
A native Miamian, James Spann, Jr., Esq. has a diverse professional, personal, and academic background.
Professionally, James is a Florida licensed attorney, both a Florida and Georgia licensed real estate broker, a Florida licensed real estate instructor, and a former professional baseball player. He is currently a Miami Dade College (MDC) full-time faculty, Associate Professor of Law Studies, in MDC’s American Bar Association accredited Paralegal Studies Program. His courses of instruction courses include, but are not limited to fundamentals of law, real estate, business law, criminal law, constitutional law, trial prep, and real estate closings.
James is a graduate of Miami Northwestern Senior High School, where he was a three-sport athlete, graduating with honors. He obtained his A.S. degree in Paralegal Studies from Miami Dade College (honors), obtained his B.A. degree from St. Thomas University (honors), and his J.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Law
Rebecca Sanchez is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at Miami Dade College with a combined 28 years of teaching K-12, vocational, lower, and upper college-level courses.
Rebecca has lectured the following courses for the Teacher Education Program for the past 20 years: Introduction to the Teaching Profession (EDF1005), Introduction to Diversity (EDF 2085), Introduction to Educational Technology (EME 2040); General Teaching Skills (EDG3321), Substitute Training (EDG 2311), and Classroom Management (EDG 3443). In addition, she has taught also for the Social Science Department the Students Life Skills courses (SLS 1125).
Rebecca earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management at Trinity International University, and a Masters in Elementary Education at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Miami.