Adam Bush is the founding Director of Curriculum and Provost of College Unbound, a college degree program based in Providence, RI working to create a more just higher education for first generation college students and influence higher education policy by incorporating voices outside of the academy in the teaching of its student body in an outcomes-based program built around internship work and civic engagement. With this, both student and program evaluation are shared between college faculty, professional advisers, and community members to create a vibrant learning community that grows directly out of student research passions and local, actionable interests. He holds a Ph.D from the University of Southern California. Adam also serves as board president for the Studio for Southern California History, as a member of the Next Generation Engagement research collective of the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, and as the Director of Imagining America’s Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) program.
Sam Seidel is Director of the Student Experience Lab at the Business Innovation Factory in Providence. Over the past decade, Sam has worked in education and youth development in a variety of settings, with a focus on young people affected by incarceration and the power of the arts. He has taught in a juvenile prison, directed a youth arts and empowerment program, and worked with a dozen national networks of alternative high schools. Sam served as the first and only Community Fellow at the Rhode Island School of Design and has consulted for the Association for High School Innovation, the Black Alliance for Educational Options, Diploma Plus, the High School for Recording Arts, Jobs for the Future, the Maysles Institute, and the National Center on Time and Learning. He is the author of Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education (Rowman Education, 2011), which explores the powerful intersections between hip-hop and education. He also writes about education for GOOD magazine and maintains the Husslington Post website, where he posts articles on hip-hop, education, and innovation. Sam formerly directed AS220’s youth program and is currently on the board of AS220 and Operation REACH. Sam has also been involved in a number of philanthropic efforts including being a founding member of the Gulf South Allied Funders, which raised over $3 million for equitable rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
Nate Weisenberg is coordinator of the Broad Street Synagogue oral history project. He first became involved with Broad Street Synagogue in the summer of 2012. Since then he has conducted, edited, and transcribed numerous interviews and organized events and exhibits to connect the Providence community with this historic space. Nate holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Public Humanities from Brown University.