“Service is the rent you pay for room on this earth.”
This powerful quote from trailblazing ancestor Shirley Chisolm has been a guiding principle throughout Imani Hope’s life and career. A self-proclaimed “daughter of the dust,” Imani credits her Black American, southern roots with shaping the ways in which she negotiates identity, power and space. As a former teacher and lifelong learner, Imani has worked in the education sector for over 15 years; three years as an elementary school teacher, and over a decade of leadership roles in national education nonprofits and advocacy organizations. While her experience has spanned pedagogy and practice, policy and philanthropy, the through line that unites her many endeavors is a fierce commitment to equity and liberation for historically oppressed groups. A current Master’s student focusing on Education Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Imani hopes that her graduate experience will further equip her with the tools necessary to disrupt and dismantle systemic inequity in service of all kids and all communities.