Team of Consultants
Kori Hamilton Biagas, M.A.
Kori Hamilton Biagas is the founder of Just Educators, a consulting firm that provides technical assistance and professional development to organizations nationally. Ms. Hamilton Biagas has over 15 years of experience in professional development, instruction, policy, and strategic planning. Kori has a unique and broad perspective addressing inequity on the basis of religion, race, gender, national origin, and socioeconomic status; the implications of implicit & explicit bias on organizational culture and climate; organizational transformation from a culturally responsive lens; and using data to interrupt manifestations of racial injustice and systemic oppression.
She has worked as a secondary teacher in Los Angeles, a dissemination coordinator, technical assistance provider, and trainer serving nationwide. Her experiences have provided her with an understanding of the impact policy can have on outcomes for marginalized groups within our communities. Currently, she uses that expertise to provide support to corporations, nonprofits, schools, districts, and state education agencies across the country as a trainer, thought partner, and advocate for equity and racial justice. Kori holds a M.A. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles, Center X and a B.A. from Georgetown University.
Chianti Blackmon (she/her) has over 15 years of experience facilitating, training, and teaching on issues of equity, inclusion, and justice in higher education, non-profits, and organizations nationally. She serves as a college administrator with experience in both private and public colleges and universities. Her tenure of experience includes climate transformation and change, diversity strategic planning, policy review and development, supporting historically underrepresented groups, and program planning.
She serves as Co-Chair of the Washington Regional Task Force-Against Campus Prejudice (WRTF.org) and a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). Her work compromises, but is not limited to, racial climate assessment, understanding non-inclusive language, communication and conflict across difference, addressing implicit bias in leadership and hiring, as well as ally/accomplice and co-conspirator work.
Chianti earned her undergraduate degree in interpersonal/public and business/organizational communication from the University of Akron (OH) and her master's degree in clinical pastoral counseling from Loyola University, Maryland. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Higher Education at Morgan State University. She maintains a commitment to promote and sustain equity, inclusion, justice and transformation with an uncompromising commitment to inspire individuals to take an active role in developing a more just society.
Chianti Blackmon, M.S.
Kiana Smith, M.Ed.
Kiana Smith currently serves as the Executive Director of Tulsa Legacy Charter School in Tulsa. Oklahoma. With over a decade of experience in education, from classroom teacher to school administrator, Kiana has the passion and skill for leading and transforming educational communities.
Smith has worked with traditional districts and public charter schools to integrate social-emotional learning, build educational frameworks centering diversity and inclusion, trauma-informed practices, and innovative school design.
Prior to her role at Tulsa Legacy Charter School, Kiana led the fastest growing school community in Tulsa Public Schools. Her strategic vision, execution, and leadership earned her the notable title of Tulsa Public Schools' 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year and Support Staff of the Year, making TPS history.
Kiana is the founder of the Urban Complex Consulting, a Mine Fellow, and a current doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma.
Stephanie Durr is a higher education administrator and diversity educator with a solid history of achievement on college and university campuses. Her tenure consists of managing a portfolio of special interest groups and co-curricular programs that foster inclusion, community engagement, self-exploration, and encourage open discourse on race, power, and privilege.
Stephanie’s workshops and curriculum-building experiences are designed for college students committed to dismantling racism and other -isms on their respective campuses and abroad. She’s skillful in connecting with students wherever they are on the college student development spectrum. She's led and served on diverse campuses, including Kentucky State University, Spalding University, Mount St. Mary’s University, and Howard Community College. Additionally, Stephanie trained and presented internationally at the University of Trinidad and Tobago and the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine.
Stephanie received her bachelor’s degree in public administration from Kentucky State University and her master’s degree in higher education administration from the University of Louisville.
Stephanie Durr, M.A.
Advisor & Project Manager
Janelle Briscoe (She/Her) recently graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in
communications from Stevenson University. She has a professional background in human resources from her time with Strategic Factory located in Owings Mills, MD. There, she gained skills in training, onboarding, recruiting, hiring, professional development, and employee relations. She has also served her community at Stevenson University as an Administrative Representative, Orientation Leader, and Fitness Attendant. There, she was able to mentor students and facilitate guided discussions on bystander intervention, diversity and inclusion, and health education.
Janelle now serves as the Executive Coordinator for Idaltu Counseling & Consulting. Working closely with the CEO and consultants to provide administrative support to the firm by managing timelines and tasks for clients and consultants, scheduling internal and external meetings, managing marketing materials for social media, and preparing important documents for clients and consultants.
Janelle is currently pursuing her master’s degree in communications at Stevenson
University where she will also work as a Graduate Assistant within the Office of Student Success overseeing and managing student-based projects and initiatives.