Executive Committee

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President: Rudy P. Guevarra, Jr.

Dr. Rudy P. Guevarra, Jr. is Associate Professor of Asian Pacific American Studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. He is the author of Becoming Mexipino: Multiethnic Identities and Communities in San Diego (RUP, 2012) and co-editor of Red and Yellow, Black and Brown: Decentering Whiteness in Mixed Race Studies (RUP, 2017) with Joanne Rondilla and Paul Spickard, and Beyond Ethnicity: New Racial Politics in Hawaiʻi (UHP, 2018) with Camilla Fojas and Nitasha Tamar Sharma.  He has also published articles in the Journal of Asian American Studies, the Journal of San Diego History, the Asian American Literary Review and Remezcla.  In addition to his academic work, Rudy is also an avid cook and gardener, and is completing his first cookbook entitled The Mexipino Cafe.

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Vice-President: Kelly Jackson

Kelly Jackson is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. Her research examines the identity development and wellbeing of individuals and families living multiracially. She is committed to expanding our knowledge base to be more inclusive of the multiracial experience. As a multiracial Black/white woman, she has been involved in numerous multiracial organizations since 2008, including the local Arizona chapter of SWIRL (2008-2009), serving on the board of MAVIN (2008-2013) and Mixed Roots Stories (2017-current) and more recently as the elected Vice President of the Critical Mixed Race Studies Association. It is her goal to give back to our community and secure more permanent spaces for future generations of multiracial scholars, students, organizers, activists, and artists.

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Secretary: Alexandrina Agloro

Alexandrina Agloro is a media artist, community-based researcher, and doula who believes in the possibilities of the decolonial imaginary using ancestral technologies as liberatory tools. She is an Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Innovation in the Borderlands at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University. She is a Director of Situated Critical Race and Media (SCRAM), a multiverse collaborative feminist technology organization and is the Futurist for the Latinx Pacific Archive. See more about her work at: http://agloro.org.

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Treasurer: Chinelo L. Njaka

Chinelo L. Njaka, Ph.D. is the Founder/Director of Peckham Rights! and an independent social researcher. A Nigerian-American originally from Minnesota, USA, she moved to the UK to pursue postgraduate studies. She holds an MA in Culture, Globalisation and the City from the department of Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of London and received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Manchester in 2017. Dr. Njaka is also a United Nations Fellow for People of African Descent. Her research examines racialisation processes across different national, institutional, and organisational contexts, with focus on the African Diaspora in the European context and human rights. She is co-author of the forthcoming Mixed-Race in the UK and US: Comparing the Past, Present, and Future (Emerald Publishing, 2019).

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Student Representative: Haley Pilgrim

Haley (Lee) Pilgrim is a 5th year PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2018, she was elected to a four-year term on the Democratic Ward Executive Committee for the 27th Ward in Philadelphia. Pilgrim graduated with honors from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy. Pilgrim studies the construction of racial groups and meanings of racial identification choices, specifically related to the multiracial population. Pilgrim presented findings from her Thesis at Penn’s first annual Grad Ben Talks, receiving both the Social Science division and Audience Choice awards. In 2018, she won the Critical Mixed Race Studies Paul Spickard Graduate Student Paper Award for her paper, “‘But I Just Look So White:’ The Identity Choices and Racialized Emotional Work of Second-Generation Black-White Multiracials.” Her dissertation extends this work on second-generation multiracials.

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Caucus Coordinator: Joanna Thompson

Joanna Thompson is Director of the Office for Multicultural Learning at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. She is a criminologist, receiving her B.A. in Criminology & Investigations from West Virginia University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, and Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research examines the intersections between mixed-race identity and interpersonal victimization. Joanna’s accomplishments have been featured in print media, such as Windy City Times – a prominent LGBTQ newspaper in Chicago, Illinois; her opinions on critical social issues have been shared via multiple BBC News interviews; and her research has been presented at various conferences from Toronto, Canada to Berlin, Germany. Joanna is an East Coast girl at heart, born in Virginia and raised in Maryland. She is an only child and identifies as a mixed-race (Black/Latina) and queer female.

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Community Liaison: Naliyah Kaya

Naliyah Kaya is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Montgomery College—Takoma Park/Silver Spring. She previously served as the first full-time Coordinator for Multiracial & Native American Indian/Indigenous Student Involvement at the University of Maryland, College Park where she advocated for resources & recognition on behalf of Multiracial students, advised the Multiracial Biracial Student Association, ran their Multiracial Heritage Month, organized an annual spoken word event Mixed Monologues centering on the experiences of the multiracial community, designed a multiracial leadership course, and was successful in advocating for the inclusion of a Mildred & Richard Loving Award in the annual Undergraduate University Awards Program. She also continues to facilitate the TOTUS Spoken Word Experience Program and coaches their College Unions Poetry Slam team. As an educator, Naliyah utilizes art as a medium for teaching and social change, encouraging students to utilize artistic expression as they examine their own identities, beliefs, and values and as a form of activism.

Communications Coordinator: Alma Villanueva

Alma Villanueva is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at Texas A&M University. Her dissertation, Visualizing Bio-Race: The Scientific and Artistic Archive of Contemporary Mixed-Race Photography, is an interdisciplinary and intersectional analysis of how mixed-race photo projects have historically been constructed at the intersections of settler colonial, anti- Black, and anti- immigrant (Latinx, Asian American, and Muslim) racisms. She is dedicated to an intersectional critical mixed-race praxis that fosters collaborative community and critical diversity.