REALLOCATION OF WEALTH INITIATIVE
What does your reallocation of wealth support?
The Harriet Tubman Effect Institute hires 36 BIPOC fellows a year on a 3-month rotation as researchers. Your contribution goes directly to the compensation of fellows, researchers, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion experts from HTEI.
Are you a person of privilege?
American institutions were, and continue to be, vehicles designed to ensure exclusive white prosperity. In addition to confronting systemic oppression through research and production, The Harriet Tubman Effect Institute seeks to create a culture in which white citizens are keenly aware of their roles and responsibilities in the ongoing journey towards reparations and re-allocation of wealth. What does this mean for you?
Reallocate your wealth.
If white citizens are willing and ready to admit the truths of the institutions they benefit from and openly begin to offer/relinquish their wealth, decision making, policy design, chain of command thereby embracing decentralization of power, we can begin to offer American wealth directly to communities of color.
CONTRIBUTE TO OUR FELLOWS BELOW
Nicole Javanna Johnson (she/her)
Founder & Creative Director of Javanna Productions M.O.V.E. and the Harriet Tubman Effect Institute.
Recently Nicole stepped into the role of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Mathison.io where she leads the company DEI client engagement and internal DEI transformation. Nicole is also the creator of EDIFY, a 5 step dismantling systemic oppression program that is designed to shift culture in institutions, schools and artistic organizations. Nicole is a member of SAG-AFTRA with a Master's Degree in Education Leadership from NYU Steinhardt.
Belén Moyano (she/her/ella)
Belén is a passionate, hilarious, empathetic artist hustling to create beauty, change hearts, and open doors. Belén and her violin are currently on the road with the first national tour of Hadestown.
As an advocate for immigrants and anti-racism efforts, Belén is grateful to be involved with artistic communities that share her passion. From organizing and singing in benefit concerts for organizations like Immigrant Families together and participating in the development of new theatre works by BIPOC writers, to translating musical theatre songs into Spanish, she hopes her work will bring support and opportunities to marginalized communities. She serves as the Curriculum Designer of EDIFY as well as the Executive Producer of EDIFY Justice Advocates Podcast.
Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Belén most enjoys sharing colorful, meaningful stories about love, Latinos, and liberation. As a theatre professional, Belén has performed Off-Broadway, in Regional Theatre premieres, and on the silver screen of the pandemic—Zoom. She’s a proud recipient of Utah State University’s Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and a member of Actors Equity Association.
Melissa Toussaint (she/her)
Melissa is an advocate, resource connector, and educator for the immigrant community. She is originally from Haiti and migrated to the states at the age of 12. She is an aspiring Midwife who currently provides free Doula services to Black and Brown women in New York City. She works to help ameliorate the immigrant experience in the United States. Her goal is to overturn the education and career outcomes in poor immigrant communities by helping them understand American culture, become fluent in English, staying informed and becoming well-rounded, gaining access to all available resources, creating opportunities, and thriving together as a community. She is grounded in seeing complete wholeness and restoration within broken communities and households and teaches people how to prioritize their wellness.
Through her passion for nature, she leads people in exploring the outdoors for wellness. She also facilitates parenting classes, teaches English as a second language, walks with immigrant women, and mentors their children.
Oyoyo Joi (she/her)
Oyoyo is just happy to be here. Let's go to work.
Carlita Victoria (she/her)
Carlita is a Raleigh, North Carolina native; she attended The University of NC at Greensboro (BFA Dance Performance & Choreography, K-12 Dance Education). A committed mental health advocate, Carlita founded Darkness RISING Nonprofit for Black mental health to create a safe space and mental health resources for the Black community.
National Tour: Chuck Davis & The African American Dance Ensemble, MADAGASCAR LIVE: CHINA, Industrial: Glee Project Promo featuring Darren Criss. (Lead Singer) Regional: THE COLOR PURPLE (Nettie), DREAMGIRLS (Lorrell Robinson), HAIRSPRAY (Little Inez/Dynamite), ROCK OF AGES (Justice), DISNEY’S ALADDIN (Regional Premiere), Urban Bush Women (Apprentice).
Carlita is an active performer, certified personal fitness instructor, and mental health advocate.
Renair Amin (she/they)
Dr. Renair Amin is an author, international speaker, coach, and educator specializing in the areas of relationship wellness, empowerment, and LGBTQ faith-based trauma. She is the founder of LGBTQ Faith Matters who is the sponsor of the State of the Black LGBTQ Believer of Color. A reigning beauty queen, Renair holds the title of Ms. Exquisite Full-Figured U.S.A. At-Large as well as others under the same pageant system. In addition, she has a Master of Arts in Religious Education along with a Doctor of Ministry degree from New York Theological Seminary and utilizes her academic journey, extensive training, and experiential wisdom to change the lives of people she encounters regionally and globally.
Colin Lieu (he/him)
Colin is a nurturer who works with young people to help them better connect with themselves and block out the noise in order to realize their full potential. Colin is the Founding Dean of Wellness at Creo College Pre. He founded Multitasking Yogi in 2017 as a platform to bring the tools of mindfulness and self-care to vastly diverse spaces and populations: teaching at public schools; leading educator professional development workshops; servicing community events; self-publishing the picture book "Phoenix's First: An Introduction to Mindful Breathing"; and speaking at events. No matter what we are juggling, there is a Multitasking Yogi in all of us and his launch of Multitasking Yogi School (MY School) is an innovative way to nurture the next generation of wellness leaders. High school juniors and seniors already taking Multitasking Yogi classes have the opportunity to be placed on a specialized track to complete a Yoga Alliance 95-hr Registered Children's Yoga Teacher certification and become their community's next generation yoga teacher. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Accessible Yoga Association.
Rawlin Rosario (he/him)
Rawlin Rosario is an educator with over 7 years of experience. He has served in multiple roles including a teacher, school administrator, instructional coach in K-12 education, as well as a policy fellow for the NY State Education Department. In his career, Rawlin has strived to cultivate close relationships with students, parents, and staff to increase engagement in school events, and school-wide decision-making, and implement culturally responsive practices. Rawlin co-developed and co-led the facilitation of the New York State Integration Program Professional Learning Communities, a program focused on integrating schools and fostering equity and culturally responsive practices in schools across the state. Additionally, he contributed to the development of New York State Culturally Responsive Education principles and framework which is intended to help education stakeholders create student-centered learning environments that affirm cultural identities and foster positive academic outcomes. Ultimately, Rawlin continues to seek ways to develop students’ abilities to connect across lines of difference; elevate historically marginalized voices; and empower students as agents of social change.
Currently, Rawlin serves as a program associate for WestEd, where he delivers technical assistance and provides consultation through developing research-and evidence-based tools and resources. provide research and policy support to state education agencies, district leaders and school-based educators focused on creating culturally responsive and equitable systems through comprehensive systemic equity reviews and training on issues related to racial equity, intersectionality (e.g., race and ability), diversity, and disproportionality.
Zuri Washington (she/her)
Zuri Washington is a Bronx-born activist, Slytherin cum Ravenclaw and artist who has spent most of her life fighting for marginalized communities in the name of what is right. She is tired of being gaslit by those in the industry who would have her and others believe that our contribution is only what THEY make of it and is determined to continue to empower artists of all stripes to see themselves as the changemakers they were always capable of being.
Zuri is a graduate of the prestigious Dalton School in NYC, and most recently she has been a part of a larger conversation about antiracism and its goals and function in the K-12 private school system. She can be found speaking about the “Black @“ movement and other related matters with multiple news outlets and publications including on NBC and in The Washington Spectator (“Beyond Being Black at Dalton”).
Dina Lewis (she/her)
Dina is a Miami native and Miami based actor, singer, teacher and community advocate. Dina finds joy sharing her passion for music, theatre and collaboration to inspire and empower the next generation of artists and community leaders! She has most recently moved back home after living in NYC for the past 5 years to pursue her dream of performing on Broadway. Dina has also spent the last 10 years teaching middle/highschool Theater and Dance both in Miami-Dade County and NYC Public Schools. Dina is dedicated to the life work of activating the artist within the next generation.
Brennyn Lark (she/her)
Brennyn is a NYC-based actor/singer. She has appeared in a range of productions, including performing as Eponine in Broadway's revival of Les Miz, Deena Jones in the West End’s Dreamgirls, and season 3 of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Alongside performing, Brennyn is passionate about extending her insight and abilities to that of transforming the next generation of young artists and performers. Brennyn offers workshops and master classes. Her newly-launched services not only involve refining a performer's acting, singing, and audition technique, but also range across uncovering and unlocking their potential, and stepping into their authenticity and - essentially - their power.
Sofiya Cheyenne (she/her)
Sofiya is a Performing Artist, Teaching Artist and Disability Advocate/Consultant. She is the Inclusion Director of Little People of America, Co-Chair of The Dwarf Artist Coalition and part of the Access Advisory Council for ART NY and Disability Working Group with the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. In all of her work she continually advocates for people of short stature and disabilities on and off the stage. She has appeared on TV shows such as TrueTV's “At Home With Amy Sedaris”, Netflix's “StartUP” and Amazon's “Loudermilk.” Her favorite theatre credits include The Briefly Dead at 59E59, Other World at Bucks County Playhouse, and Guys and Dolls at Theater Under The Stars. Sofiya is a passionate educator and public speaker, she has been teaching theatre arts throughout New York City for over 10 years. Through sharing her artistry, her story and educating others, she encourages the power of community, storytelling and social change.
Sofiya is also an associate consultant with a focus on access and inclusion at Penn Creative Strategy. With a personal connection to disability inclusion, she has advocated and consulted for many arts & culture organizations in New York City, including A.R.T. NY, Soho Repertory Theatre, NYFA and CO/LAB Theatre Company. She has created social justice initiatives and devised theatre productions with educational nonprofits including, New Victory Theatre, EnACT, Girl Be Heard, Queens Theatre and EPIC Players. She has developed sensitivity and anti-bias training for numerous nonprofits including Berkshire Cultural Asset Network and Little People Of America. She is also a public speaking advocate, who has participated in panels to teach advocacy and new language to organizations such as BRIC Arts Media, MAC, The Public, NJ Theatre Alliance, Statera Arts and many others.
Bee Harris (she/her)
Bee Harris is a visual artist and policy expert who uses graphic design and illustration to create content with bold colors, abstract shapes, and charismatic characters. She currently lives in Chicago and designs for fashion, beauty, and lifestyle brands. Bee creates vibrant art that inspires herself and others to embrace a life of color and to see the full spectrum of existence. Bee completed studies at Howard University. She holds a Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership, Politics, and Advocacy from New York University. She also received a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University, and an A.A. in Apparel Management from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising - Los Angeles.
Sumaya Bouhbal (she/her)
Sumaya Bouhbal is a 17-year-old activist, singer/songwriter, model, and actor from Washington Heights. She is the Founder and Creative Director of an activist/artist organization called the Young Lordes Collective. Earlier this year, she led a public policy team for We Engage In Prevention Awareness to create drug prevention legislation for underprivileged public schools. She has been working at the New-York Historical Society for 2 years where she’s held various positions as both a part-time museum worker and a high school intern. Artistically, Sumaya has been working professionally since the age of 5. She has been in numerous off-Broadway productions and made her TV debut last year in Law & Order SVU.
Mariela Dorado (she/her/ella)
Mariela is a bright, warm, spirit-led, mission-minded dance artist and advocate for social justice. Originally from Bayamon Puerto Rico, she first acquired an appreciation for music and movement through her neighborhood’s vibrant garage parties - picture barefoot dancing, salsa blasting, and the faint smell of fried plantains wafting from the kitchen. This appreciation for art eventually led her to earn a B.F.A. in Dance Performance through Rutgers University, become a Nationally Certified Pilates Practitioner of Post Rehabilitation, and spend several months in Europe intensively studying Laban Movement Analysis at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, UK, and then teaching Pilates in her native tongue through Centro Slings in Madrid, Spain.
Alongside being an active performer, Mariela is on faculty at Steps On Broadway’s Youth Programs and works as a teaching artist through M.O.V.E. and TADA! Youth Theater. Through these organizations, she has had the opportunity to teach inter-disciplinary arts classes within New York City’s K-12 Education System, facilitate arts-based workshops that integrate social issues, run a Latinx Student Union, and mentor young artists. She is extremely passionate about making Arts Education more equitable and increasing its accessibility to children of different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Yazmin Wilkins (she/her)
Yazmin is currently a rising senior studying Psychology at Towson University. She is interested in taking her career towards research with aspirations to use her findings to help people. She also loves biology and hopes to one day blend her two passions into a future career.
Hillary Fisher (she/her)
Hillary is a graduate of Pace University and LaGuardia High School. Off Broadway: Cyrano (The New Group) Regional: Pamela’s First Musical (Two River Theater) Little Shop of Horrors (Fulton Opera House) Rent, West Side Story, and The Producers (Mac-Haydn). Television: The Chica Show (Sprout) . Hillary is also a recording artist and model. Follow her @no.chillary for more! Grateful for my team over at Buchwald, Schachter Entertainment
Lisa Helmi Johanson (she/her)
Lisa Helmi Johanson is a singer/actor/musician/producer who has a passion for developing new works, authentic storytelling, and intentionality in representation as a means to further the work of racial justice and social equity. Off-Broadway/NYC: Avenue Q, Einstein's Dreams (Original Cast), The Drowning Girls, Three Sisters, Women Beware Women, Rescue Rue. Tours: Fiasco's Into the Woods, Avenue Q. Select Regional: Anything Goes (Arena Stage), Vietgone (Denver Center), The Chinese Lady (Milwaukee Rep; Best Actress award - Milwaukee Broadwayworld), Amadeus (Syracuse Stage), Once (Cape Playhouse), Waterfall (5th Avenue Theatre & Pasadena Playhouse), Priscilla... (Ogunquit & Gateway Playhouses), 4,000 Miles (St. Louis Rep.), Taming of the Shrew (VA Stage). Film/TV: Law & Order: SVU, Z-Rock (IFC), The Onion News Network.
Lisa spanned out to producing during the pandemic and is close to launching a sitcom podcast called Preschool (IG: @preschoolsitcom) in which she also co-directs, acts, and sound designs. Her first written and produced work, Kim Loo Gets a Redo (IG: @KimLooRedo), centering the first Asian American act on Broadway as well as contemporary writings, music, and choreography inspired by the Atlanta shootings and the erasure of AAPI women was selected for the 2021 Ice Factory Festival at the New Ohio Theater in NYC this summer. Lisa is active in racial justice work through Interfaith Justice Queens/Court Square Justice as well as serving on the AAPI Advisory Council for the DA of Queens. Micah 6:8 IG:@hurricanehelmi email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org