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Wade Colwell

Wade Antonio Colwell is a learner. His calling to education involves serving school communities as a "creative catalyst" for deepening and healing relationships across generation and difference. As a rising advocate for systemic equity, inclusion and excellence, Wade understands the power in engaging the artistic modalities of song, spoken-word, movement, ceremony and restorative practice. He is the co-founder of Youth Equity Stewardship (YES), an arts-based, experiential and inter-generational process of collectively uplifting our learning environments. His touring multi-media performance Borderless, with YES co-Founder Benjie Howard, is a cross-genre musical journey of folk & hip hop that examines the intersections of race, class, identity, immigration, sexual orientation and gender while rooted in environmental & indigenous peoples' justice. His professional journey includes roles as national consultant for Deep Equity / Corwin Press, co-founder/producer of pioneering academic hip hop duo Funkamentalz, lead restorative practices educator with New York City's Counseling in Schools, and curriculum specialist & founding poet laureate of Tucson Unified School District's Mexican-American / Raza Studies Department.

Certified in
  • Deep Equity
  • YES


  • Boarderless Performance: Offers a live performance to any event connected to the following themes
    • Social Justice
    • Equity in Education
    • Youth Voices and Youth Leadership
    • Educational Leadership
    • Environmental Sustainability
    • Environmental Justice
    • Community Transformation
    • Immigration
    • School Reform
  • Creative Keynote Support: Offers performance elements to keynote speakers to lend a heartfelt opening to their talk. Supports speakers prior to an engagement to connect the musical pieces to the themes and topics of the talk.
  • Youth Leadership Conference: This workshop can design and deliver a youth component to any conference or institute connect to any of the themes mentioned above.
  • Youth Leadership Series (YES): This is a fully designed leadership program, program curriculum, and video series to work in house, in school districts, with middle and high school youth.  The end result being a leadership team highly motivated, and equipped with knowledge, skills, and relationships to take action in the district as leaders for positive change.  In the past these students have worked with teams of educators, have worked with peers, and worked with kids in elementary schools facilitating conversations and activities. 

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