DW & Kinga are two Black Queer femme educators and interdisciplinary artists, based out of Massachusetts, committed to uplifting their community. Since 2011 they joined together and have been co-teaching Hip Hop Theater and producing award-winning artistic, mentorship, and culture and climate program designs serving the greater Chicago and New England areas.
In their combined 37 years of teaching, mentoring, and program development, they noticed significant recurring patterns. There is a lack of recognition regarding cultural differences, knowledge of self, and wellness within institutionalized spaces.
Through their work, they became an example of how authentic connection, radical honesty, and love can improve learning and community work. DW & Kinga started Counter Culture Educator in July 2020. They help creative leaders turn the culture of their community around one authentic relationship at a time through community engagement practices, artistic expression, self-care, and play.
Difficult Dialogues: Voices from the Valley is a public affairs show which aims to tackle some of the most pressing matters facing contemporary society. Since its inception in 2013, it has drawn on expert voices from the Fives Colleges, from Amherst, and from surrounding communities to explore issues including the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, immigration, challenges in the Middle East, and gender identity.
Initiated and hosted through 2015 by Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella, the show is now hosted by Amilcar Shabazz, professor of history and Africana Studies in the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass/Amherst, and Demetria Rougeaux Shabazz, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her work focuses on race and gender in media, and youth and civic engagement through the arts.