Changemaker Profile: Bari Katz
Bari Katz is an educator, facilitator and curriculum designer who works with organizations and schools across the country to develop programs, trainings and custom curricula around equity, diversity and inclusion, and social justice. She also supports organizations with culture building, coaching, and strategic replication planning.
After serving as the Program Director for the National Conference for Community and Justice for three years in New York City, Bari went on to co-found a charter high school in Brooklyn, NY, where she served as the founding Director of Student Life. Bari served as a National Training Specialist for the Posse Foundation, a college access and leadership program for urban high school students. She helped replicate the Posse program in New Orleans, LA and Houston, TX and traveled to Posse’s nine regional offices to support program staff, evaluate curriculum, and coach trainers who work directly with Posse Scholars. Bari has been an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College since 2008 and is committed to supporting and empowering young people as they navigate systems of urban education and gain access to higher education. Bari teaches courses in Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity and Sociology of Oppression. She received her Master’s degree in Sociology and two Bachelor’s degrees in Politics and Sociology from New York University where she studied race and ethnicity, urban education, and collective action.
Bari now serves as a consultant working with organizations like Andrus Family Fund, City Year, Let’s Get Ready, the American Conference on Diversity, iMentor, and City University of New York designing curricula and programs, facilitating professional development workshops, and coaching school and program staff to most effectively work with their students. Bari is committed to supporting and empowering youth and those working with young people to understand the dynamics of oppression and privilege and how to work toward social justice.