Welcoming New Folks to the TEAm!

Last month, TEA Fund welcomed two new board members to our TEAm! Both of these folks bring a lot of amazing experience and perspective to our crew, and we are so excited to bring them on board! 

Bio_Photo.JPGDr. Whitney Peoples

If Dr. Peoples seems familiar, that might be because she's our First Bloom luncheon speaker this year! It could also be that we actually announced she was joining our board last year. Then...she moved to Michigan! We weren't sure about having an out-of-state board member, but we were just so excited to have Dr. Peoples with us that we decided last month to give it a shot. So welcome Dr. Peoples again to the TEA Fund board! Dr. Whitney Peoples currently holds a position at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan, but she's got roots right here in North Texas. Prior to her recent move to Michigan, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies at Texas Women's University and a Provost Post-Doctoral Fellow in Women's and Gender Studies at UT, Arlington. In 2017 she co-edited Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundation, Theory, Practice, and Critique alongside one of the founding mothers of the reproductive justice framework, Loretta Ross. She earned a Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from Emory University, an M.A in Women's Studies from the University of Cincinnati, and a B.A. in Political Science from Agnes Scott College and brings fifteen years of experience in feminist and critical race research, activism, and teaching. Whitney regularly speaks and writes on the intersections of race, gender, health, and popular culture. She is also passionate about community engagement and currently serves on the advisory board of the Take Root: Reproductive Justice in Red States annual conference and on the governing council of the National Women's Studies Association through her role as Co-Chair of the Women of Color Caucus. 

Untitled_design_(2).pngCindy Spoon

Cindy Spoon is a grassroots organizer for social and environmental justice who has been active in campaigns for political and social change throughout her entire adult life. She has organized dozens of Strategic Direct Action trainings and community organizing workshops in many Texas cities and across the Gulf South region. Although most of Cindy's organizing history has been rooted in environmental justice campaigns that oppose fossil fuel infrastructure, she believes that our work for environmental justice and reproductive justice is inextricably linked and she is committed to creating movement spaces that are not designed to silo communities within single issues. 
Here's to seeing what we can build with these two on the TEAm!