Provided by Ford Foundation.
Jen Deerinwater is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, bisexual, Two Spirit, multiply-disabled journalist, and organizer. With an intersectional lens, Jen covers the issues Native communities face. Jen Deerinwater’s journalism and writing articulate a broad range of issues including Indigenous rights, reproductive justice, land justice, and disability accessibility in organizing. Jen Deerinwater is the founding executive director of Crushing Colonialism, a multimedia platform by and for Indigenous perspectives and creativity, a contributor at Truthout and a New Economies Reporting Project fellow. Jen Deerinwater’s work can be found in publications such as Bitch, Rewire.News, and In These Times, as well as in two recently published anthologies, Two-Spirits Belong Here and Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century.
Provided by Andraéa LaVant.
Andraéa LaVant is a nationally and internationally sought-after disability inclusion expert widely recognized for spearheading a global disability justice movement as impact producer for Netflix’s Oscar-nominated film, Crip Camp. Andraéa is founder and president of LaVant Consulting, Inc. (LCI), a social impact communications firm that offers cutting-edge corporate development and content marketing for brands and nonprofits. Her work has been featured on Good Morning America, NBC, Essence.com, the Root, and a host of other national media.
Reyma McCoy McDeid
Provided by Reyma McCoy McDeid.
Reyma McCoy McDeid is the Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living, which is the longest-running national, cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities in the United States. She is the recipient of a 2019 AT&T Humanity of Connection award and her work has been featured in Vice, TIME , The Guardian, and USA Today. After a nearly twenty year career in the provision of supports to a variety of communities, her vocation has shifted from serving marginalized people to addressing how systems create marginalization in the first place.