Nicole Leopardo (she/her), is a scholar, educator, researcher, writer, and activist based in San Francisco who believes in the power of education and research justice. Nicole is currently a lecturer in the historic College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Nicole also works as an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) consultant with Oakland-based social impact consultancy The Justice Collective (TJC). In both of these roles, she supports the development of critical thinking skills through a curriculum that centers the experiences of marginalized people.
Nicole co-founded the Critical Mixed Race Studies (CMRS) minor program at SF State which offers students critical, theoretical and methodological approaches for addressing notions of mixed race, mixed heritage, and transracial adoptee identity development and community agency. Her master’s thesis, Food Rituals: An Entree into Multiracial Family Culture, examines the role of food rituals in establishing blended cultural practices in multiracial families. Nicole’s academic focus crosses the boundaries of Ethnic Studies, Critical Mixed Race Studies, and Food Studies.
Nicole received her Master of Arts degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University with specializations in Critical Mixed Race Studies and Food Studies. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Political Science and minors in Black Studies and Writing: Business Communication.
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