Today’s episode is about intersectionality with Sandy Ho and Jean-Luc Pierite. Jean-Luc works at the Fab Foundation, a non-profit based in Boston and is the President of the Board of Directors for the North American Indian Center of Boston. Sandy is a community organizer and the founder of the Disability & Intersectionality Summit which will take place on October 13th in Cambridge Massachusetts with an affiliate event in Berkeley, California. Both Sandy and Jean-Luc will share what intersectionality means to them and their involvement with the Summit.
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Sandy Ho is a queer Asian-American disabled woman who is a community-organizer. Recognized in 2015 as a White House Champion of Change for her work with disabled young women, Sandy is passionate about disability rights. Prior to her acceptance of her own identity as a disabled woman, Sandy’s social justice activism was realized through a year of service while creating a mentoring program that serves first-generation community college students in Boston. Sandy is a co-instructor of Disability Studies and the founder of the Disability & Intersectionality Summit.
Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Jean-Luc Pierite now resides in Jamaica Plain. Prior to his election to the North American Indian Center of Boston (URL, http://www.naicob.org) Board of Directors, Jean-Luc was also elected to the Community Linguist seat of the Advisory Circle for CoLang for the period 2016-20. The Institute on Collaborative Language Research (URL, https://colang.lin.ufl.edu) or “CoLang” is designed to provide an opportunity for community language activists and linguists to receive training in community-based language documentation and revitalization. Currently, Jean-Luc volunteers with his Tribe’s Language and Culture Revitalization Program which is a collaboration with Tulane University in New Orleans. This program is based on tradition passed from Jean-Luc’s great-grandfather Joseph Alcide Pierite, Sr., last traditional chief and medicine man of the Tunica-Biloxi. The Tribe is an amalgamation of members from the Central Louisiana communities of: Tunica, Biloxi-Choctaw, Ofo, and Avoyel.
Jean-Luc has a B.A. in Humanities with a co-major in Mass Communication and Japanese from Dillard University in New Orleans. He also earned an A.S. in Video Game Design from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. Jean-Luc currently is the International Procurement and Logistics Manager for The Fab Foundation. The Fab Foundation (URL, http://fabfoundation.org) was formed in 2009 to facilitate and support the growth of the international fab lab network as well as the development of regional capacity-building organizations. The Fab Foundation is a US non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that emerged from MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms Fab Lab Program.
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