Dr. Neenah Estrella-Luna is a researcher, educator, advocate, and consultant focusing on issues related to social justice, social relations, and democratic governance.
She has co-led a variety of community based and participatory action research studies as well as traditional research addressing questions related to social resilience, environmental justice, community development, education, and public safety among other topics.
Dr. Estrella-Luna collaborates with grassroots organizations and policymakers to develop and advocate for policies and practices that support social equity in law.
She works with organizations to create policies and systems to support equity and inclusion. In addition, she provides opportunities to communities and organizations to learn how they can contribute to dismantling the structures of White supremacy in human relationships and public policy.
Dr. Estrella-Luna is also an active member of the Massachusetts Advisory Committee for the US Commission on Civil Rights.
I am a recognized expert in areas related to social relations, social equity, and bias. I am grounded in the values of social justice, supporting the empowerment of minoritized groups, and protecting the most vulnerable.
I have over two decades of experience in grassroots activism, policy advocacy, and community based organizing. From environmental justice to educational equity to immigrant rights to civic engagement. I have pushed from the outside and pulled from the inside. I have led when more hands have been needed and have been led by those who've been closer to the pain.
I have been an educator for over 15 years at both research and teaching universities and at the community. I mentor and support senior and junior scholars in their efforts to grow as educators, mentors, colleagues, partners, and policy advocates. I have developed online and on ground academic curricula and community based learning programs.
I collaborate across disciplines, professional boundaries, and generations to develop and introduce innovative policies, programs, and plans to create conditions for inclusion and belonging. Using methods developed in education, civic engagement, and conflict resolution, I lead change where needed and build sustainable operations to position organizations for success.