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The Collective

Teach For America


The Collective is Teach For America’s national association for alumni who identify as Native, Indigenous, and people of color.
The mission of The Teach For America Nashville-Chattanooga Collective is to dismantle educational inequity by empowering alumni of color, elevating the voices of people of color, and connecting alumni of color to each other & the greater  community.  
Collective Launch in Nashville-Chattanooga

If you are an alum who shares these identities you are already part of the national Collective family. Now, we we're working to launch a regional chapter of the Collective. 


Holding Hands

The Collective Board is the regional leadership structure of the association.


Applications will be accepted for the TFA Nashville-Chattanooga Collective Board until February 12, 2021. 

The Commitment

Each board member will serve a 2-year term

Board meetings will take place quarterly.

The board must have between 5 and 11 members

Board members must identify as Black, Native, Indigenous, or a person of color

Board members must live in the Nashville or Chattanooga areas

The board should reflect the demographics of the Nashville-Chattanooga alumni network. 

Still have questions?
Schedule a meeting to learn more about The Collective and the board application process. 
The TFA Nashville-Chattanooga Collective Board Launch Process
The Collective launch vision is to bring together a group of alumni of color who are invested in helping to shape the purpose and structure of the Collective.
July 2020
Aug-Dec 2020
Dec 2020 - Jan 2021
Jan - Feb 2021
March 2021
Recruit 8—10 alumni who are a diverse representation of our alumni base including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender identity, corps region, corps year, and profession to serve on a steering committee
Steering committee constructed The Collection vision, charge, priorities and board membership and governance structure
TFA alumni who identify as Black, Indigenous, and people of color who live in Nashville-Chattanooga can apply to The Collective Board
Steering Committee selects inaugural Collective board members
TFA Nashville-Chattanooga Collective board kickoff meeting
Collective Steering Committee
Arshia Saiyed
Greater Nashville

Director of Talent & Development

Nashville Classical Charter School

Dania Henry

2nd grade teacher - Instructional Lead

Purpose Prep

Jack Berk

Project Manager

Tennessee Department of Education

Lindsey Longoria

Graduate Student

Vanderbilt Divinity School

Nichole Davari
Greater Nashville

Latino Achievers Director


Barbra Kelley

Small Business Owner

Peacefully Aware

Hasan Clayton


Nashville Classical Charter School

Laurie Brown

Chief of Staff

RePublic Charter Schools

Marycruz Baylon
Greater New Orleans - Louisiana Delta


STRIVE Collegiate Academy

Ronald Sickles Jr

Operations Coordinator

KIPP Nashville College Preparatory Elementary

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