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Mr. Tim Swain  I  Co-founder 

Mr. Tim Swain is an award-winning poet, educator, and catalyst for social change. He has used poetry to transform thousands of lives across the globe and has been the keynote speaker at dozens of conferences, colleges and churches. Swain has headlined venues in Mexico and Africa focusing on empowerment through literacy, as well had his work serve as the inspiration for Why I Write, a national anti-bullying campaign in London, England. 

He holds a M.Ed. from Texas State University-San Marcos and works diligently to improve the lives of disenfranchised communities through the performing arts, mentoring, and community empowerment programs.


Rome Meeks  l  Co-founder  

Rome D. Meeks is a Ph.D. student of  Psychology at Michigan State University.  Before this, he earned bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Science and Technology Studies, and a Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies from Michigan State University. His work focuses on the neurological effects of physical, social, and environmental stress on youth living in poor, urban areas.  In addition, Rome is interested in community program development and program evaluation.





Margaret Sebastian  I  Ghana Immersion Programs Director 2786_w

Margaret Sebastian is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership program at the University of Northern Colorado. Before starting doctoral studies, she worked at three different institutions, including a liberal arts college, a private religious college, and a small public institution. Ms. Sebastian has worked in early entrance college programs, alumni relations and development, TRIO programs, and residential education. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Leadership Studies from Blackburn College and her Masters of Science in Education in Guidance and Counseling from Northwest Missouri State University.  Her research interests include professional staffing patterns, inequitable hiring processes, microaggressions, and campus climate impact on professional staff and faculty.