"Live Like You're Going to Be Someone's Ancestor One Day" 

- Dr. J. Lyiscott

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what Dr. J does

Jamila Lyiscott is a social justice education scholar, nationally renowned speaker, spoken word artist, and educational consultant. She was recently appointed as an Assistant Professor of Social Justice Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a Senior Research Fellow of Teachers College, Columbia University’s Institute for Urban and Minority Education (IUME). Across these spaces, Jamila's work focuses on racial justice, community engagement, and youth activism in education through the lens of what she has termed, "Vision-Driven Justice." She has been invited to over 100 institutions throughout the nation where she works with youth, educators, and people across disciplines to inspire vision and action. Jamila is also the founder and co-director of the Cyphers For Justice (CFJ) youth, research, and advocacy program, apprenticing NYC High School youth, incarcerated youth, and educators as critical social researchers through hip-hop, spoken word, and digital literacy.



Using what she has termed a Vision-Driven Justice lens, Dr. Lyiscott works closely with people at both individual and institutional levels to inspire personal and collective vision for immediate and long-term change.
Rooted in the belief that changing the world begins with changing yourself, Dr. Lyiscott offers tools and frameworks for reflection and critical analysis at the individual and institutional levels.
Drawing on her sustained engagement with grassroots communities, Dr. Lyiscott supports the development of action plans that bring vision to life in everyday practice.


What People Who Have Worked With Dr. J Have To Say

"This was an outstanding workshop. Jamila Lyiscott did something tough - not only got information across but made participants feel comfortable talking, taking risks and performing. That is not easy. Ms. Lyiscott was inspirational"

"Jamila J. Lyiscott caused me to think about and internalize the material in a new way. Some sort of emotional click switched in me during the session, that deepened my understanding of my own biases and apprehension towards acknowledging my privilege."

"This was an amazing session that immediately informed my practice. More time would be nice, but it left me wanting more."

"Jamila is a power house!!!"

"I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery"

"Healing is not the absence of pain.It is the decision to act in the service of your development, rather than your defeat." 

- Dr. Jamila J. Lyiscott

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