Praxis Center is an online blog and website where short rigorous essays of current relevance are produced each week for teaching and social justice activism. Pertinent auxiliary materials are available on our Resource and Art Pages.
Praxis is the synergy of theory and practice. Let’s get busy!
Lisa Brock | Senior Editor
Lisa Brock (aka Doc Brock) is the Academic Director and Acting Executive Director of the Arcus Center of Social Justice Leadership. Her articles on Africa and the African Diaspora have appeared in dozens of academic journals and as book chapters. Lisa is also on the editorial collective of the Radical History Review and the Board of the Davis Putter Scholarship Fund. An activist all her life, Lisa has fought for girls’ rights and Black rights in her native Cincinnati, Ohio area and against police violence and judicial misconduct in Washington D.C. She became a leader in the anti-apartheid movement in Chicago and lived in Mozambique as a Fulbright Scholar where she successfully merged her academic interest with southern African Social Justice struggles. She worked to co-found the Chicago Anti-Apartheid Movement Collection at Columbia College Chicago (CCC) and led the effort to endow an international travel scholarship at CCC. She also successfully developed study abroad programs in South Africa and Cuba. As an historian and activist, Lisa is an internationalist who views history as a way to enter contemporary discussions about race, class, gender, and global inequalities. Lisa attended Oberlin College and earned her B.A. from Howard University and her Ph.D. in African History from Northwestern University.
Sandra Hudson | Editor-In-Residence
Sandy Hudson is a Toronto-based organizer, political strategist, communications expert, and writer who believes in winning as a framework for justice. Sandy is the founder of the Black Lives Matter movement presence in Canada and . She also co-founded the Black Liberation Collective – Canada, the campus-based extension of the movement. The work Sandy has accomplished with her team has been formidable, and her efforts to publicly address anti-Black racism have resulted in concrete policy change, including the winding down of the program that places police officers in the largest school board in North America. Sandy is a refreshingly honest and engaging media communicator and passionate speaker. She has appeared in the New York Times, Toronto Star, the Huffington Post, and Buzzfeed, among other newsmedia. Sandy holds an MA in Social Justice Education from the University of Toronto where she theorized on Blackness and decolonization, and she regularly provides workshops to community as part of her commitment to popular and mass education. Sandy is also a founding board member and Vice-Chair of Ontario’s legal clinic, and host of the . Sandy credits her work to her parents who raised her with a strong moral compass, the elders and ancestors who came before her, and the teams of inspiring people she is blessed to work with. She is guided by Asssata Shakur’s refrain: It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.
Bailey Mead | Managing Editor
Bailey Mead (she/her/hers) is the Managing Editor of the Praxis Center, and served as Conference/Project Director for With/Out – ¿Borders? 2016 and 2018. Bailey joined the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in 2016 with 18 years of experience in nonprofit fund development and marketing at organizations that work against violence and for justice for low-income and LGBT communities, women, elders, children, and people living with disabilities. An activist in Detroit for more than 20 years, Bailey has been involved in feminist and queer organizing, the movement against police brutality, environmental justice actions, community gardens, literacy projects, and was a founding board member for the Southwest Detroit TimeBank. She currently serves as Vice President of the Michigan Yoga Association. She relocated to Kalamazoo in 2012 to be with her wife Melissa Al-Azzawi, and together they opened Handmade Kalamazoo, a social enterprise and retail store dedicated to strengthening the local arts economy and building authentic community connections in Kalamazoo. Bailey holds a RYT500 yoga teacher certification and will complete a certification in Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga at the Center for Trauma and Embodiment located in Boston’s Justice Resource Institute in April 2019. She teaches trauma-informed yoga as an act of resistance and self-healing in a culture of violence, creates safe spaces that attempt to welcome marginalized people into empowered practice, and approaches this work with deep gratitude and respect for the liberating gift of yoga that westerners have received from Indian culture.
Garrett Sander | Praxis Associate
Garrett Sander (he/him/his) is the Praxis Associate at the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. He is a senior at Kalamazoo College where he studies philosophy and political science. Garrett’s involvement in social justice is broadly informed by a desire to understand, interrogate, and agitate systems of power. Among other things, his academic interests include queer history, international politics, nationalism and populism studies, and critical theory. He is passionate about interdisciplinary problem solving, learning languages, film, and charcuterie boards. Throughout his time at Kalamazoo College, he has been involved with several student organizations, including the Kalamazoo College Democrats, Naked Music and Culture Magazine, Kaleidoscope (LGBTQ+ student organization), Kalamazoo College Climate Action Network, and Men Against Patriarchy. During his time with the ACSJL, Garrett hopes to gain skills and perspective from his colleagues and fellow students that will allow him to more effectively work towards a just world.
Julia Plomer | Art Editor
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