Deana Lewis is a graduate student in the Educational Policy Studies Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her research interests include Black girlhood studies, school to prison pipeline, and youth incarceration. More specifically, Deana is interested in Black girls’ experiences within the school to prison pipeline. Her professional and academic careers have focused on youth education and empowerment. Additionally, Deana teaches and develops curricula that engage race, gender, sexuality, and education for high-school to college students. Currently, Deana is a local ethnographer for an international youth community organizing project that is interested in the political development and experiences of youth leaders in community organizations. A trained circle keeper, Deana is an auxiliary member of the Chicago Girl Talk Collective, a collective of women who create art projects with the young women detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) in Chicago. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Educational Policy Studies from Stanford University. An accomplished public speaker, Deana has never met a microphone she didn’t like.