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/they)
Garrett has 9 years of experience in higher education, including work in Leadership Development, Community Engagement, and Housing and Residential Life. As a faculty member in a Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program, Garrett’s research focuses on how higher education diversity programming mandates (often uncompensated) labor from minoritized students to educate their campus community on their particular form(s) of difference.
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 an editor, he has partnered with non-profit, commercial, and academic clients on everything from novels to websites to dissertations. To all of these projects he brings a precise eye for detail, empathy for others, and a deep commitment to producing meaningful, tangible results.
As a writing consultant and tutor he 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.
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 does consulting work in equity and diversity, 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.