Elnora Gavin is a poet, author and West Michigan Organizer for We The People MI. She is a native of Benton Harbor, MI and Howard University Alum. Her volunteer service with the Big Brother Big Sister Program in the Metro DC Area inspired her to return home and work as a nontraditional educator and activist for more than 15 years. As a convening partner for the Race2Equity Benton Harbor Hub and Co-Founder of the Peace4Life Student Organization, Elnora facilitated healing workshops, community events and strategy sessions to address key areas of local concern with regard to destabilization efforts of public schools in both the City of Benton Harbor and across the State of Michigan. In collaboration with residents, racial equity leaders, and supporting organizations, Elnora’s most relevant education justice work involves mobilizing youth and community to inspire education funding and reform harmful policy practices that lead to public school closures.