We believe in equity
OUR MISSION is to help teachers bring LGBT voices into the social studies to ensure equitable classrooms where ALL students can reach their full potential to learn and achieve.
MEET OUR TEAM
Debra Fowler is HUE’s Co-Founder and Executive Director. A veteran (former) classroom teacher, U.S. Army veteran, documentary filmmaker, and public speaker, Debra is resolute to challenge the inequities that are entrenched within the realm of education. Debra has produced two documentary films, “Through Gay Eyes” and “Hard Truth, Levity and Hope,” which promote awareness of individuals who are currently ignored, marginalized or excluded within our public school system. Debra has co-authored LGBT-inclusive academic resources, including UnErased: ReFraming the Lens of History which answers the what, where, and how to infuse LGBT+ history in the social studies for grades 9+.
Miriam Morgenstern is HUE’s Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director. Teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer and entrepreneur, Miriam has had over 30 years of experience to develop her core belief that children and adults are natural learners, and in the optimum environment they have the capacity for deep thinking and limitless creativity. Before co-founding HUE in 2015, Miriam was a classroom teacher in a large urban high school where she developed a service learning academy and international teacher exchange programs with Cambodia and Germany. She has co-authored an LGBTQ academic inquiry series that includes in-depth exploration of the Lavender Scare and Stonewall Riots and is currently developing an LGBTQ civil rights history curriculum for New York City Department of Education.
Miriam received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University, attended the Chinese University of Hong Kong and received an MS in Teaching English as a Second Language from SUNY Albany.
Stacie Brensilver Berman taught U.S. History for ten years at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn before returning to school to pursue a PhD in Social Studies Education at New York University. Her dissertation, “Behind the Times: The Struggle to Include LGBTQ History in High School U.S. History Classes,” examines the absence of this history in resources available to teachers, as well as the benefits and impact reported by educators who do incorporate LGBTQ history in their classes. In addition, Stacie’s curriculum development projects focus on finding innovative and relevant ways to engage students and connect the history they learn to the world in which they live.
FUN FACT: Stacie is writing a children’s book titled Colortown about children learning to understand and embrace their differences and their similarities.
Eric Marcus is the Creator and Host of the Making Gay History podcast which brings to life the voices of champions, heroes, and witnesses to LGBT+ history. He is the author of a dozen books, including the award-winning Making Gay History: The Half-Century Fight for Lesbian & Gay Equal Rights; Why Suicide?; and Is It A Choice? He is also co-author of Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times best-selling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis. Eric is a former associate producer for ABC television’s “Good Morning America” and CBS Morning News. He also served as associate producer for “Stonewall Uprising,” a PBS “American Experience” documentary, and was supervising producer for two recent documentaries on the experience of suicide loss.
The Making Gay History podcast has partnered with HUE for the Give Voice to History Project, and they are currently developing and producing exclusive LGBT-inclusive resources for New York City Public Schools.
Sara Burningham is Executive Producer of the Making Gay History podcast. A New York-based producer, editor and writer, Sara has produced award-winning FM talk radio in London and reported on the U.S. elections as a foreign correspondent.
In addition to Sara’s cogent and pragmatic work, she has crafted narrative gems for public radio in the Ozarks, edited the rat-a-tat-tat AM news leader that is 1010WINS, and has contributed to KUAF 91.3 public radio in Arkansas as producer, reporter and host.
FUN FACT: Sara provides the HUE team with “sizzler” “bits” of life-changing British English.
From the South to New England, NaBeela Washington is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and holds a BA in Visual Advertising. She is a proud small business owner and enjoys helping other businesses and non-profits succeed by crafting unique branding, outreach, and marketing strategies.
When she’s not immersed in community initiatives or counting characters, you can find her exploring the Greater Boston and New Hampshire area, cooking Southern staples, writing poetry, or taking photographs.