Senior Leadership Team


Kelly wickham Hurst 

Founder, Executive Director

After spending 23 years in the public education system as a teacher, literacy coach, guidance dean, and assistant principal, Kelly witnessed firsthand how the system helped white students thrive while continuing to marginalize Black students. As a result, Kelly left the education system and started Being Black at School.

Colin McGinnis

Director of Policy, Advocacy & Research

Colin is a scholar of education equity, education policy, student-teacher relationships, and implicit bias. As an educational psychologist with formal training in the areas of cognition, learning, and developed, Colin has experience assessing the various ways in which implicit bias of race and gender influence educators’ interactions and perceptions of students.  


Joseph Cook

Director of Curriculum & Training

Joseph is a social justice writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance organization. To date, he has two articles published by Teaching Tolerance; one of which, “The dangerous message some educators send to black students,” has been republished by AlterNet and The Washington Post.




Khalid Bowens

Khalid Bowens is an Akron, Ohio native, and recent Master of Social Work graduate from University of Michigan. Khalid has gained experience engaging LGBTQ youth of color through his work at the nationally recognized Ruth Ellis Center in Detroit, Michigan. While at the Ruth Ellis Center, Khalid provided mental health services to adolescents and transitional age youth experiencing homelessness and other barriers to living fulfilled lives. As Khalid furthers his career, he plans to continue his work with African American LGBTQ youth, with hopes to create a pre-college program specifically targeting youth in public school settings.