Rae Oviatt, Ph.D., has well over a decade of experience in education, community organizing, and research. She was a middle and high school English teacher and teacher of multilingual and bilingual English language learners across urban contexts in Atlanta, Bangkok, Indianapolis, and Lansing. She was a recipient of NCTE’s ELATE Graduate Research Award. Her dissertation, "Multimodal Stories to Tell: Fostering Coalitional Civic Resistance through Critical Educator, Youth & Community Partnerships" brought together arts-based multimodal literacies, critical participatory action research, and her conceptual framework of pedagogies of coalitional liberation to examine the power of teacher advocacy, participatory literacies, and youth organizing. At Michigan State University, she taught Human Diversity, Power, and Opportunity in Social Institutions and English Education for Diverse Learners & YPAR Lab, which brought together her expertise across both urban education and secondary literacies. She is currently Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University, where she teaches Schools as Agencies of Community Collaboration. Dr. Oviatt’s current inquiry examines the potential for centering Queer of Color literacies and epistemologies across urban school districts and community organizations.