Meet Our Partners
Sade Swift (she/her and they/them) is a queer AfroDominican freedom fighter and artist who has been organizing for the last 10 years. She’s currently creating magic at Green Worker Cooperatives, which supports small businesses develop as cooperatives across NYC. Sade’s latest work includes co-founding Cards by Dé, a handmade greeting card cooperative, sitting on the NYCNOWC Advocacy Council to support the cooperative movement, developing healing workshops as a YP4 Fellow and so much more!
Sade has worked with us since early 2020, when they helped us create our Needs Assessment. As part of Rebellious Root Collective, Sade has also offered Technical Assistance and Capacity Building opportunities to Network members and helps guide the work of this grant. Sade was part of our August 2022 Planning Retreat.
Olajiwon McCadney (he/him & they/them) is the Chair for Diversity Studies & the Executive Director for Intercultural Student Success & Strategic Partnerships at HACC, Pennsylvania Community Colleges. Additionally, McCadney is a board member for the National Association for African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) as well as serves as a facilitator for the national team with the national team for the Center for Restorative Justice at the University of San Diego. Lastly, McCadney holds an MSEd in Organizational Leadership & Performance Technology from the College at Potsdam, State University of New York as well as certification in Professional Coaching and is a current doctoral candidate at Northeastern University.
Olajiwon has worked with us since 2021, when they joined our Antiracism Listening and Learning Series as a co-creator and co-facilitator of discussions on How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Olajiwon helps guide the work of this grant and was a part of our August 2022 Planning Retreat.
Lolan is a cultural worker & organizer who strives to root their work in community, study and practice. They have spent the last decade cultivating an expertise in cross-sectoral nonprofit administration, specializing in crisis management, program strategy, and board development that is grounded in an anti-oppressive framework, and trauma informed lens. Lolan currently works as the Organizing Director at Funders for Justice, and formerly served on the Board of Directors for CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities & the Audre Lorde Project. A member of the National Writers Union (Local 1981), they have numerous publishing credits, including the recently co-authored “Individual Struggle, Widespread Injustice: Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Peoples’ Experiences of Systematic Employment Discrimination.
Carolina Kroon (she/her/hers) Carolinais a visual producer, educator and activist who collaborates with organizations and individuals working towards social justice. For more than two decades she has assisted in representing communities, conspiring with many of the countries’ most effective publications and non-profits. She has facilitated and taught visual literacy and production with many people ranging in age from 8-80 in both community and academic settings. Her organizing has been focused within the LGBTQ and Women’s communities. She is a fluent Spanish speaker.
Carolina has worked with us since early 2020, when she helped us create our Needs Assessment. Carolina has also been a co-creator and co-facilitator of our Antiracism Listening and Learning Series since early 2021, and has led 2 Series on “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo, and 2 Series on “How to Be An Antiracist”, by Ibram X. Kendi. Carolina helps guide the work of our grant, and was a part of our August 2022 Planning Retreat.
Myra P. Henry, Ed.D. (she/her/hers) is an Administrative Change Agent and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practitioner who currently serves as the President and CEO of the YWCA of Rochester & Monroe County. Dr. Henry completed the National Inclusive Excellence Leadership Academy in 2018. She served on the Monroe County Alliance for Transformation of Community and Police. On her own initiative and in response to colleagues’ requests, four years ago Dr. Henry created one of the first DEI committees at the University of Rochester which has actively engaged library staff in a variety of interactive DEI activities. Among this work, Dr. Henry has co-facilitated two White Fragility book clubs and diversity dialog sessions on various EDI related topics.
Dr. Henry co-created and co-facilitated 2 offerings of our Antiracism Listening and Learning Series (hyperlink to the So you want to talk about race page) in 2021, where we read and discussed So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.