Paul Bolick-Mausisa is a dedicated and passionate social justice educator with degrees in Spanish, History and Ethnic Studies. Empowering students through developing critical thinking and academic skills, and making education relevant to students lived-experiences are at the core of his teaching. For over the last 10 years he has taught a wide range of History and Ethnic Studies courses throughout the Bay Area and is currently teaching full-time at Laney College. Along with teaching, he is a long time community organizer, cultural worker and human rights activists who has participated in various social justice campaigns, including housing rights, public education advocacy, migrant rights and anti-militarization in the U.S. and abroad.
Vanessa Lucia Rhodes
was born and raised in Fresno, California where she experienced first hand, the injustices of economic and social inequality. This provided her with a distinctive lens in approaching change, from the bottom up. She has forged a lifelong commitment to organizing and acting on her values. After graduate school, Vanessa started her career in the Labor Movement with the United Farm Workers Union and later the United Healthcare Workers’ Union. She worked tirelessly as an organizer leading successful internal elections, lobbying for statewide policies, and planning large rallies and events. In 2010, Vanessa began her work as a political consultant. In this role, she has focused on building internal capacity with unions, political campaigns, and non-profit organizations such as AFSCME, SEIU and various ballot measure and candidate campaigns.