Senior Counsel, National Women's Law Center
Adaku Onyeka-Crawford is Senior Counsel for Education. Her work focuses on promoting educational attainment and empowerment for girls and women—particularly for marginalized girls, pregnant and parenting students, and girls of color. She also advocates for policies that fight sexual harassment and violence in school. Before joining NWLC as a fellow, Adaku received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University. Adaku spent her law school summers at Young Invincibles and the National School Boards Association. Before law school, she helped connect low-income women and families to housing, job training, and summer learning programs at the Chicago Housing Authority.
Manager, Know Your IX
Sage Carson is the manager of Know Your IX, a youth and survivor lead program that aims to empower students to end gender violence in their schools. KYIX trains students about their legal rights, teaches students how to engage in activism and organizing, and advocates for policy changes at the campus, state, and federal levels. She began working with KYIX in 2015 to successfully defeat a mandatory police referral bill in Delaware. She has worked and volunteered as an advocate for survivors of gender violence in the criminal legal system, on campus, and in her community. She was the Delaware State Organizer for Rise, a survivor lead organization that was responsible for passing the national Survivor’s Bill of Rights. She previously worked as the campaign coordinator for She Decide Delaware, where she successfully passed a bill that codified Roe v. Wade into the Delaware state code. She is a recent graduate of the University of Delaware where she studied Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies with a concentration in Domestic Violence Prevention and Services.
Law Student, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Maya Weinstein is a survivor-activist and researcher in the field of sexual violence and Title IX. Originally from Fort Myers, Florida, Maya received her B.A. in Criminal Justice and Human Services from the George Washington University, where she began her activism. Her research in the field has received awards from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society of Criminology, and she has presented her work at conferences and at large-scale speaking engagements. Maya has contributed to reports by ESPN, NPR, and Billboard, among other news outlets, regarding the issue of sexual violence in schools. She is featured in the documentary film “The Hunting Ground” and serves as a consultant on Title IX matters. Maya was recently awarded the Tomorrow's Leaders Award by the Department of Justice for her advocacy. She is currently a legislative assistant at a faith-based social justice organization, where she works on gender-based violence, reproductive rights, and gun violence prevention.
Managing Director, End Rape On Campus
Jess Davidson (pronouns: she/her/hers) graduated with Distinction and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Denver, where her work as Student Body Vice President gained national attention for innovative sexual assault prevention and education programs and policy reform. Her advocacy has been featured in the New York Times and on the front page of The Huffington Post, and she’s presented her work at The United State of Women Summit, The National Network to End Domestic Violence, and Google. Jess is an advisor to the It’s On Us Student Advisory Committee, and in 2014, MSNBC recognized her as a top female leader in college politics. She worked in the Obama White House Office of Public Engagement in Fall 2016, as intern to the Front Office team for Senior Advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett. Jess was named an It’s On Us White House Champion of Change in April 2016, an honor given to ten students in the United States for their work to address campus sexual assault.
Director of Student Success, Research, & Policy, Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU)
Travis T. York, Ph.D., is the Director of Student Success, Research, & Policy at the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU). His research centers on issues of college student access, success, and educational equity. Currently, Dr. York is the project coordinator of APLU’s Project Degree Completion–a collaborative effort with AASCU in which nearly 500 institutions have committed to award an additional 3.8 million bachelor’s degrees by 2025. Dr. York also serves as the project lead of APLU INCLUDES: Diversifying STEM Faculty funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and oversees the Lumina Foundation funded Project Degree Completion Award. Winner of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement’s 2013 Dissertation of the Year Award, Dr. York has gone on to author numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, as well as several APLU research and policy briefs. Dr. York earned his B.A. and M.A. in Higher Education from Geneva College where he worked in Student Affairs, and his doctorate in Higher Education Administration from The Pennsylvania State University where he also served as the Editor of Higher Education in Review (2012-2013). Dr. York is active within several professional associations, serves on the editorial review board of Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and Journal of International Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement, and serves a representative within several organizations including the Postsecondary Data Collaborative.