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COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE

Founded by Glenn E. Singleton in 1992, Pacific Educational Group is committed to achieving racial equity in the U.S. and beyond. We engage in sustained partnerships featuring training, coaching and consulting with organizations to transform beliefs, behaviors, and results so people of all races can achieve at their highest levels and live their most empowered and powerful lives.

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION™ is our award-winning protocol for effectively engaging, sustaining and deepening interracial dialogue. Through our Framework for Systemic Racial Equity Transformation, PEG is dedicated to helping individuals and organizations address persistent racial disparities intentionally, explicitly, and comprehensively.

Why Examine and Address Race? Race matters—in our nation and around the world. It is critical that we address racial issues in order to uncover personal and institutional biases that prevent all people, and especially people of color, from reaching their fullest potential. COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION™ serves as the essential strategy for systems and organizations to address racial disparities through safe, authentic, and effective cross-racial dialogue.

Communication and Press Inquiries:
Gabriel Joshua Gima
Director, Communications
ggima@courageousconversation.com

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION &
PACIFIC EDUCATIONAL GROUP

Pacific Educational Group is a consulting firm committed to forging racial equity. Over its 25-year history, its mission has expanded from its original focus on transforming PreK-12 education and the United States. A broader scope of work now addresses race in higher education, corporations, non-profits, and law enforcement in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, as well.

We believe systemic racism is the most devastating factor contributing to the diminished capacity of all people, and especially people of color and indigenous people, to achieve at the highest levels. It fractures our communities and erodes the support and nourishment we would otherwise receive from them. We cannot hope to eliminate the racially predictable outcomes of our lives unless we first discuss race and racism in a way that is earnest, honest, and sustainable.

To that end, we have developed Courageous Conversation™, a process to understand and discuss race explicitly. Hundreds of thousands of people have learned The Courageous Conversation About Race Protocol ™ from Pacific Educational Group’s diverse and dynamic staff. These representatives of various professions, regions, and life experiences work together to design curriculum, facilitate seminars, and coach leaders to use Courageous Conversation ™ in their personal and professional lives.

EXECUTIVE
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Glenn E. Singleton
President & Founder

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Communications
  • Stanford University, M.A., Education: Administration & Policy Analysis
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Brooke Gregory
Vice President

Education

  • University of Colorado-Boulder, B.A., English
  • University of Colorado-Denver, M.A., Administration, Curriculum and Supervision
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Chris Lim
Chief of Staff

Education

  • San Francisco State University – BA in Social Science & Ethnic Studies
  • San Francisco State University – Standard Elementary Credential
  • San Francisco State University – MA in Educational Leadership
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Luis Versalles
Director of Pre K-12 District Partnerships

Education

  • University of Minnesota, B.A., Spanish with a Minor in Latin American Studies
  • University of Minnesota, M.A., Second Languages and Cultures
  • University of Minnesota, Certificate in PK-12 Educational Administration
  • Superintendent Licensure, Minnesota State University, Mankato
ADMINISTRATIVE
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Josina Bohmer-Tapia
Communications Coordinator

Education

  • Macalester College, B.A., History
  • University of Washington-Seattle, M.S.W., Social Work (Health)
  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate, LSWAIC, State of Washington
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Becky Grupe
Administrative Assistant - Master Scheduler

Education

  • University of Colorado-Boulder, B.S., School of Journalism
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Laura Hamilton
Administrative Assistant

Education

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver, B.S., Criminology/Criminal Justice
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Ross Lim
Support Specialist

Education

  • University of California-Santa Cruz, B.A., Sociology
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Sheeri Mitchell
Executive Assistant to the President
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Marisa Narasaki
Administrative Assistant

Education

  • California State University-East Bay, B.S., Kinesiology
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Apelila Peniata
Executive Assistant to the Director of PreK–12 District Partnerships

Education

  • Macalester College, B.A., Sociology
PROGRAMMING
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Jeff Blaskower
Director of Information Technology

Education

  • San Jose State University, B.A., Psychology
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Courtlandt Butts
Equity Program Manager of Government/NGO Partnerships

Education

  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, B.S. Elementary Education
  • University of Northern Iowa, M.A. Educational Technology and Media
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David Davidson
Special Projects Coordinator

Education

  • B.A., Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida
  • M.Ed, Educational Leadership, West Georgia College, Carrollton, Georgia
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Adrienne Edmands
Financial Controller

Education

  • BS in Finance, University of Maryland, College Park
  • MAT Elementary Education Trinity University, Washington, D.C.
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David Gonzales
Project Manager

Education

  • B.S., Biology & Elementary Education, Colorado-State University-Pueblo
  • M.A. Educational Leadership & Policy Studies, University of Northern Colorado
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Dawan Julien
Equity Transformation Specialist

Education

  • B.A. in African-American Studies, Columbia University
  • M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Teachers College, Columbia University
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Marcus Moore
Equity Transformation Specialist

Education

  • Emory University, B.A. African American Studies
  • The University of St. Andrews, Bobby Jones Scholar
  • Temple University, Future Faculty Fellow
  • UC Berkeley, Chancelor’s Fellow
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Natalia Ortiz
Equity Transformation Specialist

Education

  • Wesleyan University, B.A., Latin American Studies
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Ed.M., Teacher Education
  • The Graduate Center: City University of New York, Ph.D., Urban Education
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Roberto Soto-Carrión
Equity Transformation Specialist

Education

  • Wesleyan University, B.A., Sociology and Latin American Studies
  • The University of Chicago, M.A., Social Sciences
  • Brandeis University, M.Phil., Sociology
  • Brandeis University, Ph.D.(c), Sociology
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Ayeshia N. Toy
Regional Project Manager

Education

  • B.A., Business Management, Texas State University
  • MBA, St. Edward’s University
  • Professional in Human Resources, Human Resources Certification Institute
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