Who We Are

Katharine Sprecher, Ph.D. has taught courses and workshops in social justice and education for current and future educators, community organizers, and activists since 2007. Her university teaching and research have emphasized intersections of identity and equity in schools and society that include examinations of gender and sexism; LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) student experiences; racism, neocolonialism/imperialism, and whiteness; and social class and economic justice in the context of local-global capitalism. Katharine has also been a teacher, counselor, and mentor for marginalized, traumatized, and underserved children, youth, and young adults for much of her professional life. She earned her Ph.D. in Education with specialization in Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations in 2011 and a California Teaching Credential emphasizing cultural and linguistic diversity in 2000. She also holds an M.A. in Social and Cultural Anthropology (emphasizing dominant culture critique) and a B.A. in Women’s Studies. She returned to Portland, Oregon in 2016 to co-create the Center for Transformative Arts and Education. And ride her bike.


 Rebecca Fischer, M.Ed. has been an instructor, facilitator, instructional technologist, computer scientist and overall technical guru during her professional life. She earned her M.Ed in Computer Education and Technology from Ohio University in 2011 and completed all necessary coursework for a Ph.D in Instructional Technology. She has worked in her practice to help instructors choose learning technology that makes learning accessible and engaging to all learners regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio economic status, or disability.