About the bloggers


Lori Taliaferro Riddick, Manager of Partnerships and Programs, Blogger, and Workshop facilitator

My name is Lori Taliaferro Riddick and I identify as Black/Bi-racial/Multi-racial. I am a mother to my two sons, born in 2008 and in 2016. I received a B.A. in Urban Studies and an MSEd. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, I consult with public school districts to develop effective leaders, and formerly served as the Executive Director of Policy and Practice Services at New Leaders, New Schools.

Sachi Feris, Principal blogger, Blog editor, and Workshop facilitator

My name is Sachi Feris and I am a White, Jewish woman of Russian, Polish, Lebanese, Syrian, and Cuban descent. I am a mother to my daughter, born in 2012, and my son, born in 2015. My husband is from Argentina, so we speak Spanish as a family (I am not a native speaker).

I have a B.A. from Bates College, an M.A. in Sociology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.P.A. in Public Policy from Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. As an educator, I have been dedicated to social justice education and bringing issues of race and equity to our youngest children since 2000. I am the founder of Border Crossers, a nonprofit dedicated to racial equity. Currently, I teach Spanish part-time at an elementary school in Brooklyn.

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