T. Gertrude Jenkins: Lead Equity Specialist

A 13-year educator, specializing in grades 9-12 Language Arts. Over the course of her career, she’s taught in Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; and Redwood City, CA. Jenkins is currently pursuing a doctorate at the University of San Francisco as part of the International & Multicultural Education program in the School of Education. Her research focuses on anti-Blackness in K-12 school systems both in the U.S and abroad.

As an educator activist, Jenkins has grown tired of having to constantly fight against covert and overt acts of racism in schools. Her motivation for creating Making Us Matter is steeped in her desire to provide an option and a safe space for families and Black educators alike, who’d prefer an educational institution that de-centers whiteness and places Black gaze at the forefront.