IDEA wants media to take an active role in building a stronger and more just democracy.
Angelique Gonzalez-Webster, Sr. Fellow - Worcester, MA
Angelique Gonzalez-Webster is a longtime community organizer and youth advocate in Maryland, New York and Massachusetts, where she has also worked as an independent media maker for community based organizations. Angelique has a degree in Sociology from Lincoln University and is also a graduate of the George Washington University School of Documentary Filmmaking. Angelique has been involved in collective media making projects with Sista ii Sista, (NY) Paper Tiger TV (NY) and Manhattan Neighborhood Network (NY) to name a few. She has also been highlighted in BET’s “Black Music Month Goes Global” for her work in progress, entitled “Malamesh.” Malamesh is a documentary about two Kwaito groups and a hip-hop group -- and their negotiation of “careers as musicians, stardom, and identity in the ‘new’ South Africa.” Angelique lives in Worcester, MA with her partner Isabel and her two dogs Romeo and Pachuco and their cat Grace.
Eric DeMeulenaere - Worcester, MA
Eric DeMeulenaere is an Assistant Professor of Urban Schooling in Clark University’s Education Department. Prior to joining Clark University’s faculty, he taught middle and high school social studies and English in Oakland and San Francisco, CA. In 2004, he co-founded and directed an innovative small public school in East Oakland that focused on social justice and increased academic outcomes for youth of color. Before opening the school, Dr. DeMeulenaere earned his Ph.D. in the Social and Cultural Studies Program at the University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education. He has consulted with urban school leaders and teachers nationally and internationally to transform their organizational school cultures. His research employs participatory action research and narrative inquiry methods and draws extensively from critical theory to examine how to create more effective and liberatory learning spaces for urban youth. Dr. DeMeulenaere's forthcoming book, Reflections from the Field: How Coaching Made Us Better Teachers, co-authored with Colette Cann, will be available in late 2012. He is currently finishing the manuscript for his second book.
Ingrid Cruz - Tupelo, MS