Nick is active locally in Portland, Oregon policy-making, with a particular focus on environmental justice, sustainable cities, and issues pertaining to the commons. Formerly with “Our Children’s Trust,” Nick helped launch the Youth Climate Action Now (YouCAN) campaign. This campaign is a continuation of an effort that began with energetic youth in Eugene who organized to persuade the Eugene City Council to pass the country’s first binding climate recovery ordinance, committing city planning and policy to a science-based, community-wide greenhouse gas reduction goal of 350 parts per million of CO2, the level deemed “safe” by climate scientists. In Fall of 2015, he was instrumental in crafting and helping to pass Portland's first-of-a-kind fossil fuel infrastructure policy. He also was a participant in the #ShellNo protests which took place at the St. Johns bridge in Portland in August 2015.
Wayfinding Academy Course:Science, Technology, and Society.
If the dictionary had a definition for Portland community engagement, it would feature a picture of Lakeitha Elliott. From her dedication to leadership development and mentoring with organizations like the Portland African American Leadership Forum to her tireless work advocating with and for young people and marginalized communities with organizations like the Oregon PTA and the Urban League of Portland, she is a force to be reckoned with. Her ongoing involvement shows a commitment to the region she calls home. In the whitest major city in the country; being a brilliant, forward thinking, bridge building, proactive Black woman is often penalized rather than rewarded, but that doesn't deter Lakeitha from doing the work that needs done. Her broad connections, pursuits and accomplishments show incredible depth and breadth of character and commitment. In addition to deep connections in Portland’s African American community, she has relationships and connections in both Portland’s non-profit community and in political circles.
Lakeitha currently serves as an appointed commissioner on the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Council on Civil Rights, as a founding board member with Sankofa Collective (formerly PFLAG Portland Black Chapter) and the Mother PAC Endorsement Committee.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Futures and Citizenships
Ph.D. Organizational Behavior and Leadership, Claremont Graduate University
Michelle is doing her life's work right now, which is exhilarating and terrifying. During her 15 years teaching Leadership and Organizational Behavior courses in the traditional college system, she had a front row seat for what is broken about that system. About 3 years ago, she began gathering a group of like minded badasses around a vision of what a revolution in higher education could look like. After years of helping groups and non-profits organize for social impact as a volunteer (SuperThank, TEDxMtHood, World Domination Summit) Michelle started her legacy project and the Wayfinding Academy was born.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Wayfinding 101
Ph.D. American Studies, Emory University
As a working class kid from Seattle, Richard Hill was blessed to receive permission from gifted teachers at Gonzaga University and Emory University to dream about life’s possibilities. His 40 year college teaching career is an attempt to “pay it forward,” to give others permission to dream and to act. In the last several years, his passion is to understand the historical and cultural systems that shape us to colonize each other—and to find alternatives, systemic and practical ways to participate in a world-wide “Continuing Revolution” to create a more socially just world by overcoming the fears that constrict us and making new institutions based on the ecological perception that we are “all in this together.”
Wayfinding Academy Course: Understanding Our World
M.S. Conflict Resolution, Portland State University M.A. International and Multicultural Education, University of San Francisco
Jesse is a Portland native. He earned graduate degrees in conflict resolution and human rights education at Portland State University and the University of San Francisco (respectively). Since 2008 he has taught interdisciplinary courses in the humanities and social sciences for the University of Louisville, Northwest Indian College and Concordia University, Portland. Right now Jesse is homesteading off-the-grid with his wife, Kristine. They are both interested in self-reliance and mutual aid.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Communicating Effectively
Tiffany D. Vann Sprecher
Ph.D. History, University of Minnesota
Tiffany holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She has taught History and Writing at the university, community college, and high school levels. Dedicated to educational outreach, she has been involved in several prison education programs in Boston, New York, and Portland, OR. She has also taught at the Brooklyn Brainery, a crowd sourced educational facility; acted as a History consultant for Beutler Ink, a data visualization company; and even presented a lecture on medieval torture at a Game of Thrones party. In addition to her work at Wayfinding Academy, Tiffany tutors students in Reading, Writing, and the Humanities, and provides consulting in business communication.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Engaging with Information
Ph.D. Candidate for Depth Psychology at Pacifica Graduate Institute
Sarah is currently running a private practice offering psychotherapy and intuitive Reiki energy healing. She in the process of writing a dissertation for her doctorate in depth psychology on white supremacy as an American cultural complex. Sarah is passionate about bridging the gap between social justice and clinical therapeutic work; Doing so with direct action, working clinically with trauma stemming from systemic oppression, and challenging psychotherapeutic practices to be more social and political minded.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Making Good Choices
Ph.D. Sustainability Education (in progress), Prescott College
Emily is contagiously passionate about creating education programs that empower our youth to face the crises and opportunities of these times. She had the amazing opportunity to earn a M.A. in Peace Education at The U.N. University for Peace while researching the power and potential of youth to be engaged changemakers. Later, she found her life calling while teaching Peace Studies and Global Citizenship to teens at a farm school. Emily is now midway through a PhD in Sustainability Education. Since moving to Portland, she is immersed in building community and education projects around permaculture, climate action, social justice, nature connection, and rites of passage.
Wayfinding Academy Course: The Good Life
M.S. Experiential Education, Minnesota State University
Iggy helps individuals and groups function like champions. From working in the wilderness to working with gritty roller derby teams, Iggy brings calm and a sense of humor to helping individuals and groups function at their best. Iggy has worked for Outward Bound, several liberal arts colleges, and now through her own independent business to make the world a better place through thoughtful attention to human growth and team development.
Wayfinding Academy Course: Understanding Ourselves and Others