Steph Salvador (Education Collaboration Coordinator) is an ESL & urban education teacher, graduating with a Masters in Education from TCNJ. Although accepted into a PHD program for Sustainability Education, Steph realized she wanted to focus her work on education & community programs to encourage revitalization in her own community. As a teacher & community soldier, she is dedicated to social & environmental justice, whether in growing a school community garden to provide inner city youth fresh food along with food education or in her dedication to sports development to promote wellness. Steph is also committed to education & awareness of gender/sexuality as the founder & manager of the WYG Project, a media outlet promoting visibility & inclusivity of all LGBTQ+ individuals. With the help of the BRCSJ, she created the first middle school GSA in Perth Amboy, NJ, & is now part of the NJ LGBTQ Curriculum Integration Team. Steph is an ardent believer in promoting love & acceptance as tools to foster wellness & change thereby creating a sustainable future for us all.
Don Dew (Differently-abled intersection coordinator) was employed in the hotel management field for 11 years before becoming disabled with intractable epilepsy in 2003. In 2005, he began advocating for services for people with disabilities to have a choice to remain in their homes & communities. He is a certified paralegal & mediator with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Don has been the Executive Director of Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland since 2012. He has held many prestigious positions & received much recognition for his work in both the differently-abled & the LGBTQIA communities & the intersection thereof including: the Accessibility Chair for the National March for Equality in Washington, D.C.; the national Paul G. Hearne Award; the Human Right Campaign’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee; the Paul G. Hearne Award by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD); the War Eagle Human Rights Award; the National Council for Independent Living (NCIL) 2017 Regional Advocacy Award. Don also co-founded Siouxland Pride Alliance, the only LGBT resource center in the northwest Iowa area.
Become a COMMUNITY LIAISON
Any movement that is not all-inclusive is not a movement at all. In fact, it is a step backward (& we have surely taken too many of those recently). In that regard, we intend to have representatives from every & any communities that deserve our recognition & our respect, our love & our support. We will fight to have all voices heard & to do so, we invite folks to serve as envoys of their people to share with us their hopes, dreams, concerns & best ways to represent them at the
Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice.