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Manijeh Hart is originally from Buckingham, Virginia. After graduating Howard University with a B.S. in Psychology, she moved to Queens, New York to become a full-time elementary special education teacher. During her time as an elementary school teacher, she led initiatives to bridge the gap between schools, parents, and the community. Understanding the impact of ecological systems on youth, she has always advocated for a holistic and youth-centered approach to youth development. After 14 years, she left the classroom to pursue trauma-informed and healing-centered practices that support the whole child, their families, and the communities in which they live.
Manijeh is currently pursuing her doctorate in Educational Psychology at CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests lie in culturally-relevant, culturally-responsive, and culturally-sensitive environments and pedagogy.