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Instilling within everyone courage to run toward freedom


 To dismantle systemic oppression and usher in a new era of empathy by producing participatory-action research, human resource initiatives and reallocating wealth to Black and Brown DEI* consultants and researchers across American industries.

*diversity, equity and inclusion



Always Challenge Tradition


 Including Community



Relevant Work


An Era of Empathy



Nearly 160 years ago, on June 1, 1863 Tubman coordinated the Combahee River Raid. Her covert interactions had given rise to vital information: torpedoes had been placed at specific locations along the riverbanks. The knowledge enabled three Union gunboats to safely navigate the waters, and in the process, transport soldiers who successfully destroyed several estates owned by prominent secessionists. As those soldiers were offloaded from the boats, enslaved people boarded. That night, more than 700 enslaved people were rescued and freed. 

Our work is rooted in this spirit of historical justice advocacy; Tubman and countless others have instilled within us the courage to not only run toward our due freedom, but to also liberate our brothers and sisters along the way. We take our own first steps now - as researchers, practitioners, and leaders who collectively commit to resisting white supremacy, developing relevant work for our communities, and galvanizing empathy across cultures. 

We are thrilled that you have decided to join us on this journey.


Thank you for joining us, honoring Harriet Tubman, her legacy and it's continued impact on our efforts to dismantle systemic oppression.


Current Industries & Institutions

The institute’s collective work is a mechanism for behavioral change in American workplaces. Our Evergreen and Efficacy Fellows are at the center of this effort: their research and revision generates a Harriet Tubman Effect (HTE), or a transformation defined by dismantling systemically oppressive structures - and supplanting them with tangible pathways for empathy, empowerment, and justice. 

The HTEI is thus housed within organizations that seek to undergo such a transformation. The business partnership is unique: each organization serves as fiscal support for HTEI personnel and programming, which is curated to dismantle the systemic oppression that that organization exhibits. 

As of August 2021, the HTEI is embedded in the following industries and institutions: 

Theatre Industry // Broadway Advocacy Coallition

K-12 Education //

Leadership Academy

Higher Education // Augsburg University or Metro Center

Corporate America // Bloom and Mathison

Houses of Worship // Oaks Church Brooklyn



Evergreen & Efficacy Justice Advocates

The Harriet Tubman Effect Institute provides Evergreen and Efficacy Justice Advocates with professional development tools, introspective work and social capital, thus positioning them to not only contribute to society, but also dismantle systemic oppression in American institutions.

Throughout this three month opportunity, justice advocates from a variety of industries will engage in a research-as-learning fellowship, with the ultimate goal of designing resources, programs, facilitated sessions and curriculums that help citizens dismantle systemic oppression in their respective institutions.

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Get to know our Admin Team


Nicole Johnson (she/her)

Adventurer and Igniter

Founder of the HTEI, focus on corporate America and higher education, curriculum design and
diversity, equity, and inclusion Strategy.


Bee Harris (she/her)

Illustrator and Policy Advocate

Creating vibrant art that inspires herself and others to embrace a life of color and to see the full spectrum of existence.

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Rawlin Rosario (he/him)

Educator and Mentor

K-12 and higher education, school equity strategy, and leadership development specialist. Shifting school policy and cultural competency.

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Belén Moyano (she/her/ella)

Torch Bearer and Builder

Building on the visionary ideas of advocates and creating resources to help serve their communities.

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Emma Barishman (she/her)

Amplifier and Researcher

Researching white supremacy in the musical theater industry and its effect on professional wellness.

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Sarah Powell (she/her)

Information Seeker/Communicator/Healer

Education Operations Director of the Harriet Tubman Effect with a focus on Music Theatre and Corporate America.

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Natalie Alterman (she/her)

Educator/Amplifier/Community Builder

A lifetime educator who fiercely advocates for equitable systems of schools, charitable giving, and democracy.

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Zuri Washington (she/her)

Speaker of Truth

K-12 Charter School Equity Advocate and media content curator in the Musical Theater Industry for truth seeking and resisting white supremacy.

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Cate Benioff (she/her)

Illuminator and Content Creator

Musical theatre researcher of historical and present white supremacy. Cate is passionate about creating safe spaces of belonging for all theatre workers.

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Carlita Victoria (she/her)

Mental health advocate and Founder of Darkness RISING Nonprofit, consistently fighting for equitable and plentiful resources for marginalized communities. 

Mental Health Educator 

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Daryl A Ritchie (they/them)

Navigator and Mediator

Performing arts administrator and strategist. Providing support and crafting policies that affect sustainable institutional change.


  • Black Girl Magic
    Sat, Feb 05
    Online Conference
    Queens library in partnership with The Harriet Tubman Effect and Sisters Empowered NYC present Black Girl Magic: a three day online conference. Saturday February 5th, 12th, & 19th from 10 - 11am ET, Black female identifying folx, mothers and daughters are invited to celebrate Black Girl Magic.
  • Voices of Transformation Retreat
    Sat, Feb 12
    Online Zoom Workshop
    An Open Forum for BIPOC DEI Professionals
  • Equitable Broadway Budgeting
    Sat, Mar 26
    Join us for a two-hour online workshop dissecting budgets as moral documents. We will examine traditional Broadway budgets, their history and discuss what it takes to build a new, reimagined budget that allows for transformational racial justice to occur.
  • Edify 5-Week Workshop
    Multiple Dates
    Fri, Jan 21
    Edify Workshop Steps 1 - 5
    Edify is back! Join HTEI for our 5-week online Edify program and strengthen your capacity to advocate for justice in a chosen workplace, institution or community. Weekly Zoom workshop on Fridays from January 21st - February 18 2022, 12pm - 1:30pm ET.


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