Founder of J Rêve International LLC
Former public school Science schoolteacher and founder of J Rêve International LLC, Jacqueline Cofield is a multi-passionate, multidisciplinary cultural creative, educator, and yogini. Cofield has traveled to nearly 60 countries, resided in eight, and is trilingual. She earned masters degrees from both the University of Southern California, and The City College of New York (CCNY), and a bachelor of fine arts from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Her global work includes programs with MAPP International Productions, Paramount International TV, Columbia Pictures, The Sundance Film Festival – New Frontier, Disney Corporation, Sony Music, The Peggy Guggenheim Museum, UNESCO, Give1Project, The Chicago Sinfonietta, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, The University of Southern California, Ithaca College Los Angeles, University of Rochester, Pittsburgh Public Schools, and The New York City Department of Education.
As a graduate student at CCNY’s’s Graduate School School of Education, Cofield completed her M.S. thesis research on ‘The Impact of Arts Related Activities on Science Concept Comprehension,’ a qualitative and quantitative study. A former physical science middle-school educator for the New York City Department of Education, she is a global advocate for STEAM Education, Multiple Intelligences, and Arts Integration.
Alicia M Morgan
Engineer, Educator, TEDX Speaker
Alicia M Morgan is a graduate of Tuskegee University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Aerospace Science Engineering and New Mexico State University with a Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering. Her professional engineering experience includes working at Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Company and Raytheon. After thirteen years in engineering, Alicia followed her passion working with youth in the nonprofit sector. Among her accomplishments, she’s been the Advisory Board Chair of the Academy of Engineering and Biomedical Sciences at Bryan Adams High School, promoting and impacting programs and National Academy Foundation certification, focusing on education, culture and student achievement. As a Program Leader at Heart House, she facilitated STEM learning centers for K-8th grade students. She’s the STEM 2.0 Insight Project Researcher for the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Dallas County Community College District(DCCCD) which provides an online website portal for STEM Education and resources for middle through high school students. Additionally, she is a facilitator for the North Central Texas Region Degree Accelerator Project to support college and workforce readiness through DCCCD.
Alicia has enjoyed being surrounded by a network of women who support each other through SWE. The community of women has helped her finding ways to advocate for other women and girls in the STEM Community. She is currently a part of the programming team for Dallas SWE and is available for professional development speaking opportunities.
In October 2016, she was the honoree for the K-12 Promotion of Education Award at the Women of Color in STEM Conference. To learn more about Alicia and her recent award check out this video https://youtu.be/GPwX1836mwc
Educator, Congressional Intern
Ashanta Woodard is a native of Detroit, Michigan, and a proud product of the Detroit Public School system. She graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience, with a minor in Community Action and Social Change through the School of Social Work.
Her interest in education reform piqued after taking an education psychology and policy course, where she realized her passion for education equity, representation, and access. Those values coalesced with her personal academic experiences to spark her journey to increase STEM retention among African American students.
Ashanta immersed herself in the world of education beginning with studying abroad the summer of 2016 in Beijing and Xi’an, China where she conducted education psychology research on the achievement gaps between American, Chinese and Japanese preschoolers. Since graduating, Ashanta has worked to increase successful college transitioning at the University of Michigan, provided “at risk” academic intervention in several Metro Detroit high schools, and assisted with Ypsilanti Community School Districts’ efforts for higher academic performance.
In January of 2017, Ashanta ventured to Washington, D.C. to become a Star Fellow with Running Start, an organization focusing on increasing the number of young women in politics. As a Star Fellow, Ashanta interned in the Office of Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) providing research, administration support, and co-planning and co-hosting the inaugural conference for the Congressional Black Caucus on Black Women and Girls held in New Jersey. The research she conducted on education policy for Rep. Coleman’s legislative staff coupled with her hands-on work cemented her commitment to become the liaison between education practice and policy. Ashanta looks forward to transforming the conservative face of Higher Education, to one representing diversity and inclusion.
Artist & International Educator
Felicia Anderson is an arts and culture enthusiast. She believes that much communication is nonverbal and that art provides an avenue for the visual to tell stories which transcend time, language and culture. Over the past decade, she has traveled to and/or lived in nearly 20 countries around the world. She earned her master’s degree in Communication from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Studio Art from Fisk University. Anderson has a TEFL/TESOL teaching certification from the Global Leadership College of Ontario, Canada. She has also studied Spanish at Estudio Sampere in Salamanca, Spain.
As an instructor for the English Program in Korea, she established a Korean/American language exchange partnership with the first school in the state of Ohio- USA to create a Korean language learning curriculum. As the first intern of Crystal Bridges American Art Museum, she served as a liaison of Fisk University during the establishment of its $30 million Stieglitz Collection share agreement. Anderson has also worked with the University of Cincinnati’s Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement to streamline the process of pairing student skillsets with non-profit organizations’ needs.
She finds joy in the vitality of youth and wishes to continue creating opportunities for inner-city youth to gain awareness of and exposure to the world around them. Her latest work, as a guest education columnist for Global Creativity Magazine, led to the introduction of art engagement groups in Detroit, Michigan- USA and Bogota, Colombia for future arts programming partnerships.
Anderson is currently based in her Midwestern hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio- USA. She is the Leadership Fellow for the J Rêve International STEAM Advocacy and Engagement Program, an initiative which supports the utilization of the arts in STEM education as a powerful tool to better address multiple intelligences. Felicia Anderson is a visionary who continues to see and seek possibilities for a more connected world through art, education and media. She finds growth and humor in discovering the kinship shared across cultures and believes that this kinship will lead to a better world in business, education, art and health industries.