Sy Stokes is a PhD candidate in the Urban Education Policy program at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education, and serves as a Research Associate for the USC Race and Equity Center. He has a BA in African American Studies from UCLA. For the past five years, he has traveled the nation performing his spoken word poetry that touches on various topics including social justice, student activism, race and racism, education, love, family, and mental health. In addition to his creative repertoire, he also facilitates race and equity trainings for administrators and staff working in professional organizations, colleges and universities, and local school districts.