Emily Gorham – Education Program Coordinator

Emily (she/her/hers)  is passionate about transformative educational experiences for youth, through a peer-to-peer popular education model, as a way to create a more just, equitable, inclusive, and loving future. She thrives collaborating with diverse communities and, as an activist and educator, is deeply committed to anti-oppression frameworks: anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, and feminist approaches to name a few. She values holistic approaches to social, environmental, and economic justice that focus on 1) critically thinking about systemic root causes of oppression and 2) empowerment to action! Emily strongly believes in the centering of youth voices, and challenging the power hierarchies in current education systems.

Born as a settler on unceded Coast Salish territories, Emily strives to be aware of her privileges as a white woman and is always learning more about intersectionality and decolonization and how to bring these lenses to everything she does.

Powerfully moving educational experiences can inspire social change and Emily is thrilled and honoured to be coordinating Check’s dynamic education programs in the efforts to effect change for a better world. Emily is keenly enthusiastic to use her many years of experience developing, implementing and managing education programs, as well as her MA in Peace Education (UN University for Peace) and BA in an interdisciplinary program of Political Science, History, Economics, and Philosophy (Wesleyan University).

When not working with Check Your Head, Emily loves learning new things, is always up for an adventure, and can be found learning Mandarin Chinese. She also loves traveling – around the world or in imaginary lands via reading and creative writing.