Workshop Presenters

Dr. Randie Gottlieb: Dr. Gottlieb is the UnityWorks Founding CEO and Lead Trainer. She has been a classroom teacher at every level from pre-K through postgraduate, a school principal, university professor, curriculum developer and diversity trainer.

Her ​work has taken her to over 30 countries, including 11 years in Puerto Rico, where she administered an international training center, taught cross-cultural communication workshops for people from around the world, produced Spanish-language community-service radio and television programs, and founded an elementary school. She is the author of over 14 books and curriculum guides, including the award-winning Teaching Unity, and holds degrees in Education from Cal State, Boston University and Harvard.

Dr. Daudi Abe:  Dr. Abe is a professor, author and historian. He has taught at all levels from kindergarten through graduate school, including the last 16 years as a Humanities instructor at Seattle Central College. He also serves as the History of Race & Policing Curriculum Consultant for the Washington State Police Academy, Faculty Coordinator for the Academy for Rising Educators at SCC, and a speaker for Humanities Washington.

Dr. Abe holds a a PhD in Education from the University of Washington. He has been featured in local and national media, including The Seattle Times, MSNBC and NPR. His latest book is “Emerald Street: A History of Hip-Hop in Seattle.

Lorenzo Alvarado:  Mr. Alvarado is Assistant Principal at Davis High School in Yakima, WA. He has also worked as a middle school Principal in Yakima and in Pasco, where he was President of the school district’s Multicultural Affairs Committee. ​Mr. Alvarado holds a B.A. in math education from Central Washington University, where he was captain of the Cultural Role Model team.

He also earned an ESL endorsement from Heritage University and attended a summer program on principalship at Harvard University. Mr. Alvarado received the WA State Golden Acorn Outstanding Educator Award in 2005 and the Crystal Apple Award in 2007.

Dawnée Valencia:  Dawnée Valencia is a Financial Educator and Coach based in Los Angeles, CA. Her mission is to assist families and individuals in the education of how money works as a tool and how to truly use it.

For almost two decades, she has also worked with youth traveling the country speaking about Race Unity, Diversity and Inclusion through performance art: dance, poetry, song/rap, and dramatic presentations. She is currently a Facilitator for a weekly national online discussion on Race.

“My Story” Speakers

Guest speakers serve to personalize the training content by sharing stories and answering questions about their own lives.

Top row: Mary Looney, Steve Mitchell, Katrina Walsey, Maria “Zuki” Alvarado, Ravien Jones
Bottom row: Dr. Roy Gondo, Maria Cuevas, Alan Matsumoto, Ester Huey, Tcharles Anders