Dr. Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz is the Lead Consultant for the New York City Department of Education, Division Equity and Access’s Empowering Boys Initiative Pilot which provides professional development to principals, staff/teachers, and students in five New York City schools. An Assistant Professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, Yolanda earned her Master’s degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her Ph.D. from New York University. Concerned with Equity Pedagogy, her work specifically examines the racial literacy knowledge of teachers, the development of culturally responsive pedagogy, and the literate identities of Black and Latino male secondary students. Dr. Sealey-Ruiz is co-founder of UMOJA Readers and Writers at a New York City high school, where she facilitates a critical thinking and writing course for adolescent males of color. She provides professional development on culturally responsive education for teachers and administrators around the country. Prior to joining the faculty at Teachers College, Dr. Sealey-Ruiz was a Research Associate with New York University's Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, where she led major research projects in various urban and suburban school districts in New York and New Jersey on the achievement of Black and Latino students. Dr. Sealey-Ruiz was a keynote speaker for the 2012 Empowering Boys Initiative Speakers’ Series.