MEET OUR COUNSELORS
From all over the United States with rich personal and professional experiences to bring conversations to life, meet the incredible inaugural group of Camp Equity Counselors! Our 2021 counselors will bring back some familiar faces from our pilot session along with new additions to our community!
"Deep Dive: Celebrating Black Lives" Counselors
Cameron Bell (she/her)
Cameron Bell is from Newport News, Virginia and grew up fascinated by stories of her grandmother’s civil rights activism, family history, and Black history. This fascination facilitated her commitment to social justice early on in life. Cameron graduated from Princeton University in 2016 with a concentration (major) in History and a certificate (minor) in African American Studies. Her work combines her passions for education and organizing. Cameron has served in various roles including tutor, school liaison, teacher, and community organizer.
Michaela Bowen (she/her)
Michaela is a recent college graduate from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where she gained a baccalaureate degree in Mathematics and a Minor in African American Studies. Her favorite class in college was called Black Women in US History. Michaela has spent the two years since graduating providing childcare and substitute teaching within her community. Most of her time was spent with late elementary aged students and working with underserved Black students on their mathematics skills has been one of her favorite parts of tutoring! Michaela is also active in uplifting Black Voices in her home community as a member of the Amherst Area Gospel Choir, a group run by her grandmother. Michaela’s favorite hobbies include, tap dancing, all things Beyonce, and singing! A fun fact about Michaela is that her college A cappella group won a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for their debut album!
Seeley Davidson (she/her)
Seeley Davidson graduated in the spring of 2020 from Long Island University Global, a 4 year study abroad program where lessons are taught through the lens of experiential education. Throughout her time with LIU Global, Seeley worked as a vegan cook in New Zealand, a curator’s assistant at a spooky historical foundation in Italy, and a research intern at a Balkan journalism network in Bosnia and Herzegovina before moving to New York and interning at a museum designed around past and present community activism in the Lower East Side. The pandemic brought her back to her hometown of Minneapolis where she works within mutual aid networks to provide essential resources for unhoused community members. She loves to cook, draw goofy little cartoons, write up lots of lists, and experiment with kimchi recipes.
Simone Edwards (she/her)
Simone Edwards is a City Year AmeriCorps Member at an elementary school in Washington, D.C. After graduating with her B.S. in Political Science: International and Comparative Studies from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, she completed three months of her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Guatemala. There, she was able to explore two of her passion areas: education equity and immigrant justice. The pandemic landed her back in the United States, and she began her work with City Year. She is still involved in a few social justice organizations in Guatemala, and recently started a nonprofit in Chattanooga focused on giving winter clothing to children in need. When she is not working, you can find her painting, dancing, reading, applying for law school, and caring for her plants.
Kanisha Ervin (she/her)
Kanisha Ervin is an aspiring disruptor from Elk Grove, California. After witnessing the pitfalls of the juvenile law system through her work with JC Family Services, she understood how facially neutral policies can lead to disparate outcomes for marginalized communities. She graduated cum laude from Northern Arizona University with Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Spanish. Kanisha strives to improve the status and resources available to underrepresented groups at every institution she encounters. These efforts included: expanding bystander training at universities, creating and developing the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the OIP and assisting in the release of an OIP client who spent more than 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Now residing in Kentucky, Kanisha is finishing her last year at the University of Cincinnati College of Law as a BLSA mentor, CASA volunteer in training, and juvenile advocate.
Kyana Ferro (ky/they/she)
Kyana (ky/they/she) is a somatic earth worker, community herbalist and healer born in Western Massachusetts, where they currently reside. In 2017 they started an urban garden cooperative, Flood Farm Garden & Arts Collective, with a group of friends that donates garden beds to families experiencing food apartheid to help build food sovereignty and community resiliency. Kyana organizes and facilitates spaces for BIPoC to intentionally connect with the land to heal and grow awareness of their connection with nature. They graduated with degrees in Sustainable Food & Farming and Communication from the University of Massachusetts and since have traveled to farm communities to practice with community agroforestry and other afro-indigenous earth stewarding techniques. Kyana is empowered by contributing to futures where black and indigenous communities are healing with the land. They enjoy reading with their friends in book club, exploring & creating new recipes, baking, singing & playing guitar and making plant medicines.
Liel Green (they/them)
Liel graduated from Smith College with a double major in Jewish Studies and the Study of Women and Gender and a certificate in Queer, Trans, and Sexuality Studies. They have experience working with young people through directing Rowe Young People's Camp, designing and facilitating a food justice and farming program for high schoolers, organizing with the Pioneer Valley Childcare Collective, and working with queer youth in various settings. They have been involved in Palestine solidarity work for quite some time and feel excited about plugging into both formal and informal mutual aid projects that brilliant people in their community(ies) have been organizing. They love fun snacks, creating art with loved ones, glitter and soup, zines, visioning futures, the color orange, and little books with big words.
Joselyn Guaman (she,her)
Joselyn Guaman immigrated to the United States from Ecuador at the age of eleven. She was the first in her family to graduate from college--she graduated from St Joseph’s College with a major of Mathematics and Computer Science. For the past six years Joselyn has been involved in different capacities with community work and social justice within different organizations. She worked with as a community organizer with Mixteca Inc. Organization as part of the ActionNYC in Schools program. In this role Joselyn helped students in public school and their communities to get access to free immigration services and connected them to resources available in their communities. As part of her work she also supported public schools in learning how to support and empower their immigrant students and their families. Joselyn hopes to learn more about ways to incorporate or create technology for people with disabilities and make it accessible for low-income communities.
Tifini Kamara (she,her)
Tifini Kamara (she/her) is the author of Together We Are An Ocean and founder of the non-profit TOGETHER Portland. She is a 2021 Fulbright Research Grant candidate, and a 2021 National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship contender, with plans to amplify stories of BIPOC youth navigating the challenges of COVID-19, increased racial tensions, and environmental instability. She serves as a Community Engaged Fellow at the Center for Community Engagement to advance Scholarship & Learning (CCESL), via the University of Denver, where she uses her lived experience, passion, and professional background to mobilize a new generation of civic leaders.
Dominique Malone (she,her)
Dominique Malone is an Investigator in both the Impact Litigation Unit and the Capital Litigation Unit at the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2019 with her B.S in Criminal Justice and Communication. Dominique's passions lie in fighting to progress the rights of incarcerated people both inside and outside of the criminal justice system. She has worked with young people in various roles to introduce them to social justice issues and to explore their own beliefs. Outside of her professional life, she is an active member of BYP100's Atlanta Chapter, the Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and several adjunct roles in her home state of Tennessee. Dominique loves reading, bingeing on reality television, and finding new ways to live in the moment.
René J. Valenzuela (he/him)
René (he/him/his) is a proud immigrant from northern Mexico that has found a second home in Chicago, IL. His experience as an undocumented immigrant has largely shaped his commitment towards radical change for marginalized communities. He is particularly passionate about immigrant rights and education access for all. With years of experience in both fields, he strives to bridge both lines of work by empowering himself and community through knowledge and learning closely from them. He is a recent graduate of Pomona College where he obtained a BA and majored in Chicanx-Latinx Studies. During his free time, René loves to dance, go on runs, care for his plants, and read books with friends. At Camp Equity, René is excited to meet campers from different places, with different experiences, and share a virtual space where everyone can learn from one another.
Our Alumni Counselors
Stephanie De La Hoz