CONTRIBUTORS

Meet some of our contributors. CoLab Radio believes that academics and practitioners alike should explain their own projects in such a way that communities everywhere can learn from their work. As we add new projects, we add new contributors.

Dayna Cunningham is the Executive Director of CoLab.  On CoLab Radio she shares her electric insights on things like education in Mississippi, the Mehserle verdict, and beauty.  She also chronicles her family’s amusing adventures in their 1980’s vegetable-oil-powered grease car.  Dayna has over 20 years of experience working in democratic engagement and social justice. She was a voting rights lawyer with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, litigating cases in Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Mississippi.  As an Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation she funded initiatives that examined the relationship between democracy and race, changing racial dynamics, new conceptions of race in the U.S., and innovation in civil rights legal work.
Malia Lazu is a life-long organizer and activist. She is founder and director of The Urban Labs, an organization that explores opportunities for deepening democratic practice among youth. In her series on CoLab Radio she looks at effective models to reach urban youth using social media and networks to build communities and create critical citizens.
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Kentuckians for the Commonwealth sent this delegation to Colombia as an exchange between two coal mining regions. Each person shared unparalleled insights on the dynamics of mining communities. KFTC is agrassroots organization that believes in the power of people working together to challenge injustices, right wrongs, and improve the quality of life for all Kentuckians.
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John Arroyo is a planner at heart. He displayed a love of maps and all things urban at an early age.  On CoLab Radio, John chronicled his MIT Urban Planning masters thesis on cultural asset mapping & urban planning and design for the LA River. As part of this project, he collected hand-drawn maps of visions for the LA River.  John is from East LA.
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Gayle Christiansen wrote her MIT masters thesis on the contribution small businesses make to the city, and she chronicled her research one business at a time. Before grad school, she was a middle school science teacher in Camden, New Jersey, the city she loves above all others. Her favorite day in Camden is the annual San Juan Bautista Parade in June.
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Tim Gwyn is the Technology and Special Projects Coordinator at Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. When BCC staff saw the stimulus package coming in January of 2009, they immediately began a quest to see how they could use those funds to perpetuate their values of justice, shared-wealth generation, sustainability and civic engagement in the Greensboro neighborhoods they’ve been engaged with for over thirty years. They built a tremendously productive local coalition, and were successful in acquiring some funds. For CoLab Radio, Tim is chronicling BCC’s new Green Career Training program.  He’s also tracking their expanding community gardens, which bear so much more than vegetables.
Aditi Mehta worked with Broad Community Connections in New Orleans as a CoLab NOLA Fellow. On a struggling New Orleans Main Street, Aditi found people who are passionate about the future of their neighborhood. She caught their passion, and worked with them to create the Who’s On Broad? story series, which included a photo exhibit party in a vacant building on Broad.
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Alexa Mills is the Community Media Specialist at CoLab. She loves CoLab Radio. She is the site manager, editor-in-chief, and a regular contributor. Every so often she accidentally breaks the entire site due to her troubles with code. Her favorite post on CoLab Radio is The Shoe Kings, about a Camden, New Jersey shoe store that’s full of love.