The school-to-prison pipeline “detours” far too many children and youth — rerouting students away from educational success and towards the criminal justice system. Racial disparities in discipline persist at all levels. But it doesn’t have to be that way. People of faith can make real change by working together locally to revise harmful policies, practices, beliefs and values. No prior experience or knowledge is needed – all are welcome.
Ebony Diaz is a wife, mother of 3, and a seasoned business professional with 20+ years of experience in engagement, human resources and leadership. She is a Brooklyn, NY native who was raised in Dekalb County, GA. However, she currently resides in Danbury, CT with her family.
As the Executive for Nurture and Development at United Methodist Women national office, Ebony is tasked with creating new and sustainable pathways for membership, and strategies that foster belonging, stronger communications and membership growth.
She holds a degree in Communications and Marketing, as well as a degree in Finance from the University of Phoenix. Ebony is also a certified Spiritual Transformation Coach; and recently obtained a certification in Positive Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In her spare time, Ebony is dedicated to working with young adults and businesses to develop positive solutions and tools for positive change and actions.
Emily works as the executive for racial justice at United Methodist Women, a national, faith-based women’s membership organization. She leads United Methodist Women’s campaign to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline, working to reduce racial disparities in school discipline and end mass incarceration. Prior to her current position, Emily served as the director and lead organizer for the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty. She has also worked as a program manager for Communities In Schools of Chicago and as a lay associate pastor for discipleship at Urban Village Church in Chicago, IL. She began her career as a labor organizer with the healthcare employees’ union, District 1199, in Connecticut.
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