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Leah Kuragano
Kuragano, Leah

Leah Kuragano

kuragano_l.jpgThe Village Initiative for Equity in Education was founded in 2016 by Jacqueline Bridgeforth Williams to respond educational inequities, close the opportunity gap, and end the school-to-prison pipeline for Black and minority students in the Williamsburg James City County public school system. I’ve been volunteering with the Village since 2017 and now serve as part of the core team and as the chair of the Publicity and Marketing Committee. In 2020, I worked with the team to build a new website design to showcase the organization’s initiatives:
Sara Woodbury
Woodbury, Sara

Sara Woodbury

woodbury_s.jpgSara's research intersects the history of museums, mobility studies, and art access. Her scholarly and creative practice includes writing, museum curation, and the digital humanities. A selection of projects is listed below. To read more about Sara's work visit her blog at

Nicole Brown
Brown, Nicole

Nicole Brown


Colonial Williamsburg and William & Mary have identified a small, white building tucked away on the William & Mary campus as the structure that once housed the Williamsburg Bray School, an 18th-century institution dedicated to the education of enslaved and free Black children.

Now, we are working with the university to ensure that current and future generations learn about the complex history of what is likely the oldest extant building in the United States dedicated to the education of Black children – and the stories of those who were part of it.

Ravynn Stringfield
Stringfield, Ravynn

Ravynn Stringfield


Ravynn K. Stringfield’s investment in Black girlhood, digital community building and new media fantasy narratives is not only the focus of her scholarship, but of the various projects that compliment her dissertation work. For more about Ravynn’s writing, art, and digital projects, please visit her website:

  • Black Girl Does Grad School is Ravynn’s blog on all things grad school. Established in August 2016, Ravynn has documented her grad school journey from coursework, comps and dissertation, with lots of additional resources and guest contributors’ stories.

  • Ravynn’s public facing writing has appeared in Shondaland and ZORA magazines; her personal essays have been published in Catapult; and her short fiction has been featured in midnight & indigo, and she won second place in Voyage YA Journal’s 2020 First Chapters contest judged by New York Times Bestselling author, Dhonielle Clayton, with her story, “Passage.” Her fiction is represented by Leah Pierre of Ladderbird Literary.

  • In 2020, she co-founded the Black fantasy centered podcast, Dreaming in the Dark, with William & Mary alumna, Bezi Yohannes. Season one guests included renowned children’s literacy scholar, Dr. Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, author of The Dark Fantastic; and New York Times Bestselling authors, Tracy Deonn (Legendborn) and Roseanne A. Brown (A Song of Wraiths and Ruin).

  • She has been an invited speaker on organization tools and tricks for grad school at Stanford University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and University of Texas Austin, as well as the keynote speaker for Chapter One Young Writers Conference

  • In her free time, she enjoys illustrating, bookbinding and bulletjournaling, which you can find on her creative Instagram: @RavynnCreates

Kelsey Smoot
Smoot, Kelsey

Kelsey Smoot

KELSEY L. SMOOT (They/Them/Theirs) is a poet, advocate, and frequent writer of critical analysis. Their creative and/or public facing writings have been featured in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Body is Not An Apology, and a number of digital presses, which can be accessed via their website: