UAEM North America Annual Conference Speakers

Dolores Huerta, Founder and President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation

Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union. She served as Vice President and played a critical role in many of the union’s accomplishments for four decades. In 2002, she received the Puffin/Nation $100,000 prize for Creative Citizenship which she used to establish the Dolores Huerta Foundation (DHF). DHF is connecting groundbreaking community-based organizing to state and national movements to register and educate voters; advocate for education reform; bring about infrastructure improvements in low-income communities; advocate for greater equality for the LGBT community; and create strong leadership development. She has received numerous awards: among them: The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in 1998. In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.


James Miles, Arts Corps Executive Director

James Miles is originally from Chicago and moved to Seattle from Brooklyn, NY where he worked as an artist and educator for the past 20 years. Before joining Arts Corps as Executive Director, he was the Director of Education at Urban Arts Partnership, in New York City. James also facilitated workshops and designed curriculum for the New Victory Theater, Roundabout Theatre, Disney Theatrical Group, and others. Previously a professor at NYU, James taught a myriad of classes, ranging from Acting and Directing to EdTech and Special Education. A graduate of Morehouse College and Brandeis University, James has presented at SXSW EDU, NYU’s IMPACT Festival, New York Creative Tech Week, EdTechXEurope, Google Educator Bootcamp, and provided Professional Development to teachers across the world. His work has been featured by Pie News, New Profit, Complex Magazine, National Guild, Seattle Times, KOMO, NPR, CBS, NBC, US Department of Education, and ASCD. James is a former accountant, model, and actor. He can be frequently found on social media, as @fresh_professor, writing about arts education, educational policy, and academic inequity.


Lodz Joseph, CNM, MPH, CD, Midwifery Mirian Worthy Women’s Health Center

Lodz Joseph, CNM, MPH, CD(DONA), earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia. She went on to complete her Master of Public Health, International Health, with an emphasis in Reproductive Health and Refugee Health from Loma Linda University. Lodz continued her education and received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and her Master of Science in Midwifery from Columbia University in New York, New York. Lodz if a professional member of the American College of Nurse Midwives, the New York City Midwives, and the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives. Lodz is fluent in English, Haitian Kreyol and French. In her spare time, Lodz enjoys hiking, sprint triathlons, reading, live music, dance, photography, and writing.


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Ernie Powell, Consultant, Author & Organizer, Ernie Powell and Associates

In his role as a consultant, author and organizer based in his home in Los Angeles he has, since early 2014, represented the following organizations and campaigns done a number of projects on behalf of progressive causes and movements mostly focused on economic security for older Americans. See details here.



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