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Nisma Elias

Nisma Elias is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative and International Development Education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) in the College of Education and Human Development. Her most recent book chapter, “Transforming Crucial Academic Support Services During a Pandemic”, in Strategies for Student Support During a Global Crisis, explores the transformation of teaching practices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Her research interests include cultural sociology, inequality, and shadow education.

An Garagiola

An Garagiola is a mother of three and descendant of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa. She holds an associate degree from Century College, bachelor’s degrees in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Hamline University, a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. Her poetry, research, and activism are reflections of her lived experiences as a mixed-race Anishinaabekwe. Trained in creative writing and policy analysis, An’s work is interdisciplinary, rooted in Indigenous Feminisms and in the belief that healing happens in relationality with ourselves, others, and the land. Broadly, she uses Indigenous research methods/analyses and modes of communication via cultural literary production to interrogate how colonial policies and ideologies attempt to control, through suppression and ethnic cleansing, Indigenous histories, voices, and knowledges.

Audrianna Goodwin

Audrianna Goodwin has two sons and is from the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe Indians. She is a third-generation college student and holds an associate degree from the Leech Lake Tribal College where she was named Student of the Year 2014–2015. She has a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University in Liberal Arts with minors in Political Science and Indigenous Studies. This year, Audrianna graduates from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, earning a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Human Rights. Before her acceptance at the Humphrey School, she worked for the Red Lake Nation, and was crucial in the passing of the resolution that changed the blood quantum of the 1958 Base Roll to 4/4. In her capacity with the tribe she also worked diligently to establish various COVID-19 safety protocols for the Red Lake Community, along with multiple other projects.

Bobby Kava

Bobby Kava is currently a first-year MBA student at the Carlson School of Management. He has been serving in the U.S. Army for nine years, with his previous assignment serving as Psychological Operations Detachment Commander for the 1st Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne) out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Bobby graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in American Legal Studies. He has been married to his wife, Hayley, for 6 years and they have two boys, Kamea (4) and Robert (1). After graduation, Bobby will return to military service. 

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Hannah Jo King

Hannah Jo King (she/they) is a Black woman of mixed African and European ancestry. She is a sister, daughter, granddaughter, auntie, niece, and friend. She is a starseed and an ancestor and a descendant. She grew up in Chicagoland. Hannah Jo is currently a graduate student studying environmental justice in the Natural Resources Science and Management program at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. They are committed to Black and BIPOC liberation and believe that healing our relations to both human and non-human beings is an essential part of liberation. (

Teresa Mccarrell

Teresa Mccarrell is a first generation doctoral student in her second year in the Plant and Microbial Department at the University of Minnesota. She previously obtained her bachelor’s in Microbiology and Cell and Molecular Biology from Oklahoma State University. She is fascinated by microbes living in extreme environments, and the potential for life on other planets (astrobiology). Teresa hopes to inform and inspire both the general public and potential future scientists with this science comic. 

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Emily Mitamura

Emily Mitamura is a poet and Ph.D. student in Political Theory in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. She studies race, colonial knowledge production, and violence. Lately, she’s been experimenting with printmaking and poetic form. She wants to follow the example of bristlecone pines in the Inyo National Forest in California in thinking about inner resources and ways of surviving seemingly impossible conditions.