The Team

HipHopEd is an organization that brings together a community of educators and scholars who challenge traditional educational systems to value the power of youth culture and voice. Originally, #HipHopEd began as an online twitter chat where educators discussed the intersections of Hip-Hop and education, but has grown into a non-profit organization that focuses on bridging the gap between theory and practice through the development and implementation of Hip-Hop based interventions in STEM, therapy, literacy and school leadership.

Christopher Emdin, Ph.D

Dr. Christopher Emdin author of best seller For White Folks is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He is also the Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is an alumni fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, and currently serves as Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy and the STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State.

Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Masters degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education Administration, and Bachelors degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry.

He is the creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is also an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts, and schools where he delivers speeches, and holds workshops/ professional development sessions for students, teachers, policy makers, and other education stakeholders within the public and private sector.

Dr. Emdin provides regular commentary on Al Jazeera and the Huffington Post; where he writes the Emdin 5 series. He is the author of the award winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation and For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll too, which is currently on the New York Times best sellers list.

TIMOTHY JONES

Timothy is a writer, educator, and pundit of hip-hop culture and youth development. Timothy is a lecturer and Hip-Hop Scholar in Residence at Teachers College, Columbia University. His writing credits include contributions to the anthologies, “Be a Father” and “Souls of my Brothers.” Timothy was one of the founders of The Cultural Initiative Inc., which developed and implemented the Annual Hip-Hop Conference at Howard University from 1991-1996. Timothy’s commitment to youth and hip-hop development are evident through his work as a workshop developer developing hip-hop based programming for after school programs and schools throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area and beyond.

For the past 20 plus years, Timothy has been working at Martha’s Table, a community-based organization in Washington DC. Timothy has been an innovator in the integration of Hip-Hop Pedagogy and Youth Development as pillars in establishing after-school and summer programs for middle and high school students. The youth in Timothy’s programs are engaged in projects and activities that develop their 4Cs creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration skills that can be used in any academic, social and professional setting.

Timothy is the Chief Visionary Officer of #HipHopEd and the curator and moderator for the weekly “Cyber Cypher” twitter chat presenting timely discussions on education, hip-hop and youth development that serve as professional development for educators, parents, practitioners, and youth. Timothy is a Hip-Hop Ambassador and curriculum resource contributor for #ScienceGenius, a hip-hop and science education initiative.

Timothy is an ordained minister at The Believers Worship Center in Maryland. As a Minister and Hip-Hop Pundit, Timothy has created Lyrics and Scriptures which is an approach to engaging youth and adults in activities and discussions around the intersections of spirituality and popular culture. Timothy is a graduate of Howard University with a BBA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and is married with two children.

Amil Cook
AMIL COOK, M.Ed

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EDMUND ADJAPONG, Ph.D

Edmund Adjapong, a native of the Bronx, NY, is science educator and a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he also received a Masters of Arts, Masters of Education and a Masters of Philosophy in Science Education. Edmund identifies a natural scientist as he has earned a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry with a minor in Africana Studies from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Edmund is a middle school science pedagogue at a New York City public school in The Bronx. He is also currently the administrator for the Science Genius Program, a program that engages urban students in the sciences through Hip-Hop, and the director of The Science Genius Academy, a program that encourages and prepares students to pursue STEM careers while providing mentoring and support. Concurrently, Edmund serves as the founder and director of The Science Genius Academy, a program that encourages and prepares students to pursue STEM careers while providing mentoring and support. He has appeared on media outlets such as Hot 97’s radio station and is a contributing writer for The Good Men Project, where he writes and speaks about issues of race, diversity, social justice and education.

Edmund believes every student has the ability to learn, and does so differently. He also believes that engaging urban youth using youth culture–despite its unconventional method–is an effective way to educate. Edmund enjoys working with and mentoring youth, especially young men of color.

Ian Levy
IAN LEVY, Ed.D

Ian Levy is a High School counselor, hip-hop artist, and doctoral student at Teachers College, Columbia University. Music has been Ian’s personal tool for self-discovery and as a result he intends to use his work, as an artist, educator, and counselor to help today’s youth become more critically aware of their own emotional lives through both musical and lyrical expression. During his Masters program Ian began making real progress towards that goal. In December of 2012, Ian’s first theoretical research paper titled Hip Hop and Spoken Word Therapy was published in the Journal of Poetry Therapy. This article is followed by a co-authored piece in 2014 titled Hip Hop Emotional Exploration in Men. Post-publication Ian began running hip-hop workshops teaching the art of lyricism as a therapeutic process. Through this art form Ian created safe spaces for young people to learn to speak descriptively about their feelings. Ian has been able to present his work at a number of academic conferences around the US, and intends to continue to speak publically about his work. Currently working as a full time high school counselor in the South Bronx, Ian has constructed full studio in his office. In that space he meets with students on a weekly basis in individual and/or group settings to write and record music based on their personal experiences, thoughts, and feelings. With no lack of passion or diligence, Ian has dedicated his life to pursuing music as a means of conscious reflection for both himself and others.

COURTNEY ROSE, M.ED

Courtney Rose is a doctoral candidate in the Curriculum & Teaching Ed.D. program, with a concentration in Curriculum Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also holds an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Human Development & Psychology and a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. Prior to joining the TC community, Courtney taught upper elementary school Math & Science for three years in the Jacksonville Public School System (Jacksonville, FL). Currently, her research interests include the development and implementation of social justice-oriented critical and culturally relevant instructional practices and curricular designs. Specifically, she focuses on the development and preparation of pre- and in-service teachers to enact such practices in K-12 educational settings.

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