2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting: Speakers

Timothy K. Eatman

Timothy Eatmen

Dean, Honors Living Learning Community and Faculty Co-Director, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life 
Rutgers University-Newark

Timothy K. Eatman, Ph.D., an educational sociologist and publicly engaged scholar, serves as the inaugural dean of the Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC) and Associate Professor in the department of Urban Education at Rutgers University-Newark. Prior to this his primary network of operation and leadership for over a decade was with Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA) serving as Director of Research (2004 – 2012) and Faculty Co-Director (2012 to 2017). Tim’s national association leadership continues as one of three national co-chairs of the Urban Research Action Network (URBAN) and as board vice chair (chair elect) of the International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE) which awarded him the 2010 Early Career Research Award. In January 2019 Tim was elected to The Association of American Colleges and Universities Board of Directors.

A widely sought-after speaker, workshop facilitator, and collaborator who has earned local, national and international recognition for his leadership in advancing understandings about the multi-faceted impact of publicly engaged scholarship in the university of the 21st century. He was recognized by the University of Illinois College of Education with its 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Tim has published in such venues as the Journal of Educational Finance and Readings on Equal Education, Diversity and Democracy (AAC&U), and The Huffington Post. He has also written several book chapters and reports including the widely cited Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University, a seminal IA research report on faculty rewards and publicly engaged scholarship. This work extends to a study of the aspirations and decisions of graduate students and early career scholars. Some of his most recent scholarship includes a major project as co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Service Learning and Community Engagement (2017) and Faculty as Colearners: Collaborative engagement and the power of story in faculty development. In B. Berkey, E. Eddins, P. M. Green, & C. Meixner (Eds.), Reconceptualizing Faculty Development in Service-Learning/Community Engagement Exploring Intersections, Frameworks, and Models of Practice (2018). The core of Tim’s research takes up questions of equity in higher education and the larger society.

Navigating a range of conversations and collaborations critical to the amelioration of higher education, Tim strategically focuses his energy to participate in important efforts like The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) Summer Institute on High Impact Practices of which he has served as a faculty member since its inception in 2011. He sits on the editorial board of University of Michigan Press - The New Public Scholarship book series, Urban Education (Sage), Diversity, and Democracy (AAC&U), is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Carnegie Engagement Classification for Community Engagement and the National Advisory board for Bringing Theory to Practice. Pursuing a rigorous scholarly and writing agenda, Tim serves as a reviewer for several scholarly journals, publications and conferences.

Tim received his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree in College Student Development at Howard University, and a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development at Pace University. For more information please see his webpages at http://timothykeatman.com.

Thomas Kennedy

Thomas KennedyPolitical Director of the Florida Immigrant Coalition

 in Argentina, Thomas Kennedy came to the United States with his parents at the age of ten, first living in New Jersey before settling down in Miami. After living as an undocumented immigrant for over a decade and seeing the daily struggles his parents overcame to have a better life, Thomas became involved in student activism and immigration reform advocacy. He graduated with an International Relations major from Florida International University and works with the Florida Immigrant Coalition. He is a fellow for the Center for Community Change Action.

Kenneth Reardon

Ken ReardonProfessor of Urban Planning, School for the Environment and Director, Urban Planning and Community Development
University of Massachusetts-Boston


Kenneth M. Reardon is a Professor and Director of the MS in Urban Planning and Community Development Program in the School for the Environment at The University of Massachusetts Boston where he pursues research, teaching, and outreach focused on resident-led revitalization in economically distressed communities. Ken received his BA in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Master of Urban Planning degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York, and Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. Before coming to UMB, Ken was a tenured member of the graduate planning faculty at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Cornell University, and the University of Memphis. Ken’s most recent book, a co-edited volume with John Forester, Rebuilding Community After Katrina: Transformative Education in the New Orleans Planning Initiative, was published by Temple University Press in 2016. His forthcoming book, Ceola’s Vision for a Better City: One Professor’s East St. Louis Story, will be published by Social Policy Press this fall. Ken has received the American Institute of Certified Planners President’s Award, the Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Planning, the Ernest Lynton Award for Engaged Scholarship and the Thomas Ehrlich Award for Professional Service in recognition of his community planning and development efforts in underserved urban and rural communities.

Annafi Wahed

Annafi Wahed

Founder and Co-Editor
The Flip Side

Annafi Wahed, CFA is the founder and editor of The Flip Side, a one-stop shop for smart, concise summaries of political analyses from liberal and conservative media. In a world of filter bubbles and a billion news feeds, they are a shared news source for liberals, moderates, independents, conservatives, and even the apolitical.

In July 2016, Annafi left a promising career in finance to campaign for Democratic party candidates in NH. Walking door to door, she saw firsthand how even next-door neighbors could be completely isolated from one another by the news they consume. In the months following the election, as talk of “fake news” and media bias became commonplace, Annafi set out to burst her own bubble and the bubbles of those around her.
Annafi’s op-eds have been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, and USA Today. Her public appearances include everything from Fox News and Cheddar TV to academic panels and niche podcasts.

Jessica Younts

Jessica Younts

Jessica Younts has been Vice President of FRRC since 2011 and is the current Director of Operations. She was involved with the drafting and ultimate passing of Amendment 4 in Florida, which re-enfranchised over 1.45 million people with past felony convictions in the state. Jessica is respected among her peers and is well known for her dedication and advocacy for disadvantaged youth and addressing the damage to families and society caused by the numerous collateral consequences Returning Citizens face.

In 2015, Jessica was selected as a Fire Fellow for the United States Human Rights Network.

In 2014, Jessica was part of the NAACP Delegation for ICCPR Treaty Review in Geneva where she testified at the United Nations about felon disenfranchisement practices in Florida. Jessica also contributed to the shadow report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination as it relates to the criminalization of minority youth.

She has been a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem since 2009.

As a single mother raising two outstanding young boys, Jessica was able to obtain her law degree from Nova Southeastern University, has since passed the New York Bar Exam, is currently pursuing her Ph.D. and is happily married with four wonderful children.

While attending law school, Jessica was appointed by the American Bar Association as Law Student Division Liaison to the Criminal Justice Section’s Juvenile Justice Committee for two consecutive years. Included in her work with the ABA, Jessica researched various aspects of the collateral consequences of juvenile adjudications and drafted research summaries for a proposed policy that was subsequently adopted as an official ABA policy. Due to her dedication and hard work with the Juvenile Justice Committee, Jessica was awarded ABA LSD Outstanding Liaison Award in 2010.

Jessica was also appointed by the American Bar Association as a Law Student Division 5th Circuit Lt. Governor for a Pre-Release/ Reentry Initiative. Jessica created a Volunteer Re-entry program in conjunction with Broward County Sheriff’s Office which enabled law students to assist Broward County Sheriff’s Office in providing Re-Entry Services to individuals set for release from local jails. Due to her hard work and dedication in the area of re-entry, she was the recipient of the ABA LSD Silver Key Award in 2011.

During Jessica’s last year in law school, she created the General Education Advocacy Program at Nova Southeastern University’s Children and Families Clinic. This program was initially created to represent children in the education system that were facing suspension and/or expulsion and expanded to help children with various other educational issues as well as representing children aging out of foster care that are being denied future benefits (RTI Advocacy). Upon graduation, Jessica was the recipient of the Honorable Charles I. Kaplan Outstanding Service Award for the development of the General Education Advocacy Program.

While in law school, Jessica also had the opportunity to sit on the Direct Filing Sub-committee of the Florida Legal Needs of Children and work on proposed legislation to limit direct filing of youth. She also managed to take on leadership positions in a variety of law school activities and groups including, but not limited to, Criminal Law Society- Vice President; Public Interest Law Society- Vice President; Phi Alpha Delta- Co-Vice Justice; Italian American Law School Association- Vice President; Student Bar Initiative- Secretary; Law Student Advisor, and member of the Pro Bono Honor Program.

For undergrad, Jessica attended St. John’s University, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. While attending St. John’s, Jessica was on the Dean’s List and was the recipient of the National Law Enforcement Scholarship Award and the Arthur B. Carton Scholarship Award. She was also a member of Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honor Society) and the National Criminal Justice Association.

Jessica is an advocate and leader who has refused to let a society labeled status as an ex-offender stop her from achieving immeasurable accomplishments and help pave the way for others. Jessica continues to work hard to break down the barriers and extensive limitations her status places upon her, so that each and every Returning Citizen can have a chance to succeed.

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