Staff

Natalie Chap

Natalie joined The Dignity in Schools Campaign as Campaign Coordinator in July of 2012. In her previous roles, she acted as the Campaign Coordinator of New York Neighbors for American Values, a Community Organizer at Voices of Women Organizing Project, and the Education Reform Associate at the New York Immigration Coalition. She received an MSW from the CUNY Hunter School of Social Work-Community Organizing program in 2007, and received a BSW from CUNY Lehman College in 2006. She was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, and has lived in New York since 2004.

Contact: natalie@dignityinschools.org

Phone: (212) 253-1710 Ext. 312

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

National Field Organizer

Zakiya Sankara-Jabar came to the Dignity in Schools Campaign as the National Field Organizer in February 2017. Zakiya came to organizing work as a parent pushing back on the school to prison pipeline. Prior to joining Dignity in Schools Campaign-National, she co-founded Racial Justice NOW! (RJN!) in Ohio and served as Executive Director for 5 years. During her time at RJN! Zakiya organized Black parents to fight back against public schools' overly harsh discipline policies and practices that are ineffective, unfair and detrimental. Through advocacy, organizing, and policy work parents were able to win some significant victories; including a moratorium on out of schools suspensions for PK students and the creation of the 'office of males of color,' in the Ohio Public Schools.

Contact: zakiya@dignityinschools.org 

Phone: 937-558-8712

Administrative Coordinator

 

Lakita P. Jackson joins DSC as the administrative coordinator, based in our Manhattan office. Lakita has earned her B.F.A. in Musical Theater with a concentration in creative writing from the New School University. Her previous employers include: Harlem Day Charter School, a charter school in East Harlem where she served as a youth development worker for their extended day program, Tremor Video, a digital video technology co. where she was the office manager, and most recently New Visions for Public Schools, working as a program assistant, supporting a network leader and respective children's first network team in their operational and instructional support of network schools across the five boroughs.

Along with her professional aspirations, Lakita is also a musician who goes by the name, Kita P, performing throughout NYC. She uses her music as a tool for healing, celebration, and to speak truth to power. Music can be heard at kitap.bandcamp.com.

Contact: lakita@dignityinschools.org  Phone: (212) 253-1710 ext.308