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A Black nonbinary filmmaker with waist length braids over their right shoulder looks solemnly into the camera.
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Malakai is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Made in Her Image, which provides opportunities to women and nonbinary youth of color to curate their own films, scripts, content and more. She describes her mission as “to be a disruptor by telling world-building and fantastical narratives that turn archetypes of the Black diaspora on its head.

A Japanese woman with cropped bob smiles into the camera against a blue background.
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Michelle K. Sugihara is the executive director of CAPE (Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment), a nonprofit professional organization that supports emerging and established Asian and Pacific Islander creatives in Hollywood through fellowships, consulting and partnerships with production companies.

A Native Hawaiian man with straight, short, dark brown hair smiles directly at the camera. He is wearing a lilac, button-down, dress shirt and standing outside with greenery around him.
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Randall Akee is an associate professor in the Department of Public Policy and American Indian Studies at UCLA. A microeconomist, Akee studies labor economics, economic development, and migration among Native Americans, First Nations, Native Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians.

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Emma Robbins is the director of the Navajo Water Project, which provides infrastructure for Navajo families to access running water in New Mexico, Utah and Arizona. The project is a part of the water nonprofit DigDeep. Native American households face barriers to accessing running water.

Updated 04/03/21 | Location: California | Subjects:

Kat Calvin is the founder of Spread the Vote, a nonprofit organization that helps people obtain IDs for jobs, housing, medical care and voting. She is an expert on voting rights. Calvin is one of the 2018 Fast Company 100 Most Creative People in Business and has been a Business Insider 30 Under 30.

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Miguel Tinker Salas is the Leslie Farmer Professor of Latin American Studies, a professor of history and Chicana/o Latina/o studies, and the coordinator of Latin American studies at Pomona College. He is an authority on the political and social issues confronting Latin America. His research focuses on Venezuelan politics and culture, and the U.S.

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Ninez A. Ponce is a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. She studies immigrant and global health, social penalties on health and access to health care, and health disparities among different populations in the U.S.

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David C. Kang is the Maria Crutcher Professor in International Relations and a professor of international relations, business and East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Southern California. He is director of the school’s Korean Studies Institute and Center for International Studies.

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Suyapa Portillo Villeda is an associate professor in Chicana/o Latina/o Transnational Studies at Pitzer College. Her work broadly focuses on social movements in Central America with a focus on Honduras. She documents working-class history and lives and challenges stereotypes of the so-called “banana republics” in Central America.

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Karen Tongson is a professor of English, gender and sexuality studies, and American studies and ethnicity, and chair of the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Southern California. She is an expert in queer theory, women and pop music, and queer and racial representations and stereotyping in popular culture.

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Mariana Ibañez is an associate professor and the chair of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design, and  the co-founder and principal of the architectural studio Ibañez Kim. Her research is in the disciplinary core of architecture and its growing periphery, with a focus on the relationship between technology, culture and the environment.

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Erica Bernal-Martinez is the CEO of NALEO (National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials) Educational Fund, which works to encourage the participation of Latinos in the America political process and increase the effectiveness of Latino policymakers on issues such as immigration, voting rights and election reform.

A Latin American woman with chest length, dark brown hair smiles directly at the camera. She is seen from the waist up, sitting in a chair and wearing a light blue button down shirt and beaded bracelets.
Updated 10/01/21 | Location: California | Subjects:

Adriana Galván is the dean of undergraduate education and director of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at UCLA. She is an expert on teenage brain development, behavior and related public policy, including juvenile criminal justice. Galván’s work is centered on the emotional reactivity, learning and decision making process of adolescents.

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Ange-Marie Hancock Alfaro is Dean’s Professor of Gender Studies and Chair of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California. She is also CEO of RISIST, the Research Institute for the Study of Intersectionality and Social Transformation. Hancock is a scholar of intersectionality theory.

Updated 04/22/21 | Location: California | Subjects:

Pedro Noguera is a sociologist and dean of the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. He researches ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts.

Updated 04/15/21 | Location: California | Subjects:

Sung Won Sohn is a professor of finance and economics at Loyola Marymount University and president of SS Economics, an economic consulting firm. His interests include the international economy, especially Pacific-Rim countries, and China’s impact on the global economy.

Updated 04/23/21 | Location: California, Washington, D.C. | Subjects: ,

Jeffrey Fields is an associate professor of the practice of international relations at the University of Southern California and directs USC’s Dornsife Washington D.C. Program. He also directs the Intersect Project, which facilitates a dialogue between scholars of international relations and policymakers in Washington, D.C.

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Patricia Gándara is a research professor of education and co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. Her research interests include the impact of migration on Mexican origin students in the U.S. and those returning to Mexico, as well as pathways to educational attainment for Mexican students and U.S. students of Mexican origin.

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Laila Lalami is a Moroccan-American writer and a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. Her essays and opinion pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, the Guardian, The New York Times and in many anthologies.

Updated 04/15/21 | Location: California | Subjects:

John Carlos Frey is an award-winning Mexican-American freelance investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker. His work focuses on migrant life and marginalized communities along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Shaun R. Harper is a professor in the Rossier School of Education and Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

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Oliver Wang is a music writer and cultural critic whose work has been published in almost every major hip-hop magazine: The Source, XXL, Vibe, Scratch and others. He has written about race, popular culture and music for Mother Jones, Spin, The Nation and the Los Angeles Times.

Updated 04/15/21 | Location: California | Subjects:

Erica Williams Simon is the CEO of Sage House, a content, experience and consulting company. She is co-host and co-creator of the Rosario Dawson-produced talk show The Assembly and the host of the podcast The Call with Erica.

Updated 04/01/21 | Location: California | Subjects:

Matt Barreto is a political science and Chicana/o and Central American studies professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the co-founder of Latino Decisions, a polling firm that looks at the political opinions of this increasingly influential group. Time called Latino Decisions the “gold-standard in Latino American polling.

Updated 04/09/21 | Location: California | Subjects:

Janet Tomiyama is an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the DiSH (Dieting, Stress and Health) Lab. She researches eating behavior, psychological stress, and cellular aging with focus on macro factors like socioeconomic status and micro factors like telomere shortening (a biomarker of age).

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Sherine Hafez is a professor and the chair of the Gender and Sexuality Studies department at the University of California, Riverside. Her research focuses on Islamic movements and gender studies in Arab and Middle Eastern cultures.

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Hyepin Im is the founder, president and CEO of Faith and Community Empowerment (FACE) (previously known as Korean Churches for Community Development), a nonprofit that works nationally to connect local Korean and Asian-American immigrant communities with the private and public institutions that affect their lives politically and economically.

Updated 01/08/21 | Location: California | Subjects:

Felicia Pride writes for film and TV, and is a director and producer. She has been a writer for two seasons on Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar; a writer for Grey’s Anatomy; and is the co-writer and executive producer of the film REALLY LOVE, which won a Special Grand Jury Prize at SXSW in 2020.