Stephanie Chrismon, MFA (She/her)
Stephanie has nearly 15 years of experience in higher education, including work in academic advising, admissions, and student activities. She presents and writes on various topics related to equity and diversity, as well as pop culture, literature, and art as critical tools in exploring social justice and dismantling oppression. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Hamline University and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Chrismon is also the Founder and principal of AfroFuturist Innovations, LLC; a high-level, full-service social justice training and consulting company which uses AfroFuturist ideology focusing on context, resilience, and futurist ideation to facilitate the collective knowledge in the training/consulting space to create innovative toolkits to complex problems and difficult conversations.
Garrett HoffMan, PhD (he/him/they/them)
Garrett has 9 years of experience in higher education, including work in Leadership Development, Community Engagement, Housing and Residential Life, and as a faculty member in Educational Research. In Garrett's work with Taina, he provides expertise in research and assessment and coaches social science dissertation clients through problem identification, research design, methodological issues, and results and discussion development.
Garrett also owns (Re)imagine Equity, LLC, a research, training, and consulting firm providing leadership and guidance for organizations committed to infusing equity and inclusion into their culture and operations. They hold a PhD in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development from the University of Minnesota; an MA in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Missouri; and a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies from Carleton College.
Jake Mohan, MFA (he/him)
Jake Mohan has been teaching and coaching writers of all ages since 2005. He has instructed writers in higher-education classrooms, extension-learning programs, K-12 environments, and private consultations. As a thesis and dissertation editor, Jake offers proofreading, copyediting, revisions for flow and style, and formatting according to the citation style of your choice.
Jake makes social justice his priority, working to honor the voice of the writer in their pursuit of scholarly excellence and intellectual rigor. He is especially invested in dismantling the oppressive pedagogies of American educational culture, advocating for students’ right to their own language (SRTOL), challenging the primacy of “standard” (white) American English, and empowering writers to fight for a more equitable, justice-oriented academic culture. Jake holds a BA in English from Lawrence University, a Secondary Teaching Licensure from Grinnell College, and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Caitlin GunN, PHD Candidate (she/her)
Caitlin Gunn is a PhD candidate in Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where she was a 2014 Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellow, and the 2015-2016 Digital Humanities Fellow in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies department. Her research draws from black digital studies, philosophy, and black feminist theory to explore themes of black speculative fiction and technology.
Gunn co-owns Gunn & Taborda Consulting, an equity, diversity and inclusion firm focusing on facilitation and education around issues of race, gender, and sexuality. She has worked with the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center, Eastside Neighborhood Services, and the Minnesota Youth Story Squad in developing curricula and educational programming around gender, narrative, and domestic violence.