Zoë Gadegbeku is a Ghanaian writer living in Boston. She earned her undergraduate degree in French from Georgetown University, and is currently studying in the Creative Writing MFA program at Emerson College. Her writing has appeared in Lawino Magazine, Afreada, Brittle Paper and The Fem Lit Mag, and are forthcoming in Saraba Magazine, Slice Magazine and Blackbird. She was a fellow in the Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice, and was selected to participate in the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop at the University of the West Indies-Cave Hill, Barbados in May 2017. Zoë is the Communications Manager for the Elma Lewis Center. She is currently a writing instructor in the First-Year Writing Program, and previously worked as a research assistant in the Institute of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, all at Emerson College. She blogs at shewhowritesreality.com.
Judy Pryor-Ramirez is the Elma Lewis Scholar-in-Residence at the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research at Emerson College. Judy began her career in local and state government in New York City and transitioned to working at centers connecting academia to K-12 public schools and community organizations. While at the University of Richmond, she led the development and operation of the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement’s University of Richmond Downtown hub. Most recently, she was the Director of the Office of Civic Engagement & Social Justice at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School in New York City where she oversaw programs for students, faculty, alumni, and community partners, and taught part-time in sociology.
Judy is a scholarly and community advisor for Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations, Brooklyn Historical Society’s public humanities project. In this capacity, she co-authored Voices of Mixed Heritage (2015), a curriculum guide for educators grades 6-12 that utilizes the Brooklyn Historical Society’s materials to examine the experiences of mixed-heritage people. She is a frequent conference presenter and guest lecturer on issues related to community engagement, social justice teaching and learning, and the intersections of race, class, and gender.
Judy is an alumna of Rockwood Leadership Institute’s Art of Leadership residency program and Op Ed Project’s core seminar, Write to Change the World. She proudly serves as a volunteer for Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción Youth Development Program in the South End of Boston and as a Leadership Council member for Sadie Nash Leadership Project, a social justice leadership development program for young women in New York City. Judy holds a MA in Sociology and Education from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Education – Teachers College and a BA in Communication Studies from George Mason University.