• OUR TEAM

    The people who make this possible!

  • Zoë Jenkins

    Founder/DICCE Team Member

    Zoë Jenkins (she/her) is a high school senior, founder and Executive Producer of the Get Schooled podcast with the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, and founding fellow at Civics Unplugged (CU). She is also the founder of DICCE, which she founded during her time with CU when she saw a need for high schoolers to go through diversity and inclusion training, create more inclusive spaces, and better promote equity in their communities and change efforts. In her free time, Zoë likes to paint and play with her two dogs.

    Leora Soibelman

    DICCE Team Member

    Leora Soibelman (she/her) is a rising senior from Newton, Massachusetts. She is also a proud CU Fellow. She is so excited to be a part of building DICCE's curriculum and program, and she can't wait for the first round of participants. A fun fact about her is that she once threw the first pitch at a Red Sox game.

    Jasmine Lewis

    DICCE Team Member

    Jasmine Lewis (she/her) is someone with a relentless ambition to change the world. She was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and resides there as she enters her freshman year of college. She is a scholar, a writer, a musician, a cultivator of art and culture, and a vessel for social change. Jasmine proudly represents DICCE as a team member. She is an immensely passionate advocate of diversity, inclusivity, and equality - and is excited to be a part of the DICCE team in addition to being a DoSomething Ambassador, When We All Vote National Student Ambassador, and CU Fellow.

    Elena Ashburn

    DICCE Team Member

    Elena Ashburn (she/her) is a junior in high school. As a military child, she has lived and traveled all over the world, but she currently resides in Florida. She is the Co-Founder of Bloom (a website that empowers and informs military teens worldwide), a Founding Fellow of Civics Unplugged, and a Planet 911/EarthX Youth Reporter, among other things. At DICCE, she works on the website and social medias. She loves crafting, theatre, music, writing, and her dog, Lucy. A fun fact about her is that she once ran into Neil Patrick Harris in Rhode Island.

    Iris Wu

    DICCE Team Member

    Iris Wu (she/her) is from Fairfax, Virginia, but will be spending the next four years in Charlottesville as a student at the University of Virginia. She works with the curriculum development and social media side of DICCE, and a weird (but true!) fun fact about her is that she shares a birthday with the Honorable Sonia Sotomayor.

    Maddy Allison

    DICCE Advisor

    Maddy Allison (she/her) lives in New York. She is the Community Lead at DoSomething.org, the largest tech nonprofit for young people and social change. She does a lot of work with high school students in the DoSomething Clubs Program, supporting them in starting volunteering and civic action clubs in their communities. A fun fact about her is that she once registered over 1,000 people to vote via happy birthday emails!

    Kendriana Price

    DICCE Advisor

    Ms. Price (she/her) serves as the Inclusion and Diversity Program Coordinator in the Office of Diversity in the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. She is a 2013 graduate from UK’s College of Education, 2016 graduate of Murray State’s College of Education, and is currently pursuing her doctorate of education in Leadership and Professional Practice. Her mission is to leverage her talents and resources to curate environments that are diverse, inclusive, equitable and just.

    Verta Maloney

    DICCE Advisor

    Verta Maloney (she/her) is all love with appropriate doses of rage. Verta is a storyteller, yogi, mama warrior, and anti-racism facilitator. She has designed, managed, and delivered professional learning experiences and programs for school leaders, educators and non-profits across the country. Verta began her 25 year career in education as a teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools and then as a literacy specialist for the New York City Department of Education. After getting her master’s degree in politics and education at Columbia’s Teachers College, she became the founding principal of Bronx Arts and then served for several years as a leadership coach for principals and aspiring principals at New Leaders. Verta is chief community officer and co-founder at the *gameHERs because all kinds of womxn in gaming are dope, and is a founding team member at Civics Unplugged because she knows #TheKidsWillLead. Verta is also a national leadership facilitator for New York City Leadership Academy where she expands upon her anti-racism work. Verta Maloney runs her own business helping individuals and organizations share their racial autobiographies and stories in order to act on and undo racism in this lifetime. It is Verta’s hope that in every encounter, Black, indigenous, and folks of color will leave seen, heard, healed, and loved.