Ashana Bigard has extensive experience in organizing and advocating for the rights of students and parents in New Orleans’ complex, demoralizing, and rapidly privatizing public education system through her leadership with the Education Justice Project of New Orleans. She is also an adult ally advisor to United Students of New Orleans.
In addition to education equity activism, Ashana organizes with the Woman’s Health & Justice Initiative and for expended housing affordability opportunities for low-income families.
Ashana has worked with a diverse range of youth, education, and juvenile justice-based organizations including the New Orleans Parents Organizing Network, Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children, and Agenda for Children.
Recognized for her extensive knowledge and engaging style, Ashana has presented and consulted for such groups and individuals such as Dr. Kimberle W. Crenshaw, Dr. Howard Fuller, Senator Mary Landrieu, Dillard University’s Drug and Policy Alliance, Tulane, Urban Bush Women, Critical Resistance, and many more.
Ashana is a life long resident of New Orleans, mother of three, social justice organizer, and a long-time advocate for the health and wellness needs of children and families in Louisiana.
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