Shemariah J. Arki 

Shemariah has been with Compass since 2012, and has been facilitating in the areas of diversity and inclusion for almost 15 years.  Shemariah identifies as an educator, an activist and an organizer.  She is an interdisciplinary scholar with expert knowledge and skills to develop, implement, facilitate and evaluate curricula that promote institutional equity, communication, and access for traditionally marginalized students and families.  As the Founder and Lead Experience Curator for Sankofa Circle Studios, Shemariah engages diverse communities through a variety of channels with one goal:  lift as you climb. As a master teacher and facilitator, she consults with a myriad of education-based organization around issues of process improvement with a goal of moving organizations from efficient to excellent.  Currently a doctoral candidate in the college of education at Northeastern University, her dissertation focuses on mothering in the wake of #BlackLivesMatter.  As an auto/ethnographic researcher and author, her most recent publication, Ruminations From A #BlackMommyActivist focuses on the joy, trauma and drama of raising two Black sons in today’s rapidly changing global society.  Shemariah embodies the words of activist Malala Yousafzai, “I raise up my voice-not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard...we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”