Our Mission Is Putting LGBTQ history in its rightful place – the classroom.
History UnErased is ensuring all students, today and beyond, learn a more complete story of America and a more accurate reflection of who “We the people” includes, promoting genuine understanding and equality for all LGBTQ people while improving the history and social studies education all students receive.
History UnErased is a 501(c)3 education non-profit bringing life-affirming, life-changing, and life-saving LGBTQ history into the mainstream K-12 curriculum.
Dignity and Belonging
Our Intersections & Connections curriculum is LGBTQ-inclusive through an intersectional, contextualized approach to history and social studies education. Students are able to apply their own identity lens(es) as they approach their learning, whether it be race, gender, ethnicity, or nationality. This ensures dignity and equitable representation for all students in the story of "We the People." And our unique, whole-school partnership model ensures educators are well-supported.
Students Are at the Center of Everything We Do
Equitable representation in the mainstream curriculum helps all students make connections to the topics that surround them in today's world. Most importantly, this visibility conveys a message of acceptance, belonging, and respect, which takes root and spreads into their friendships, school culture, and a more welcoming society.
"This is just history! It happened. We have a right to learn about this." - Student
Teachers Are Critical to Our Mission
Classroom teachers impact students' lives, school culture, and the community at large in many ways. And in their classrooms, in addition to the content they teach, they are the arbiters of acceptance, belonging, and respect. We listen to what teachers need and incorporate their feedback into the ongoing refinement of our curriculum, which is critical to advancing our mission.
"Your curriculum is academically rigorous and inspiring and my students love it!" - Amber
"I feel so reassured, in the face of many battles for LGBTQ rights and dignity across the country, that History UnErased is working for the best interests of LGBTQ youth while making a systemic change to the education all students receive." - Fran, community member
Deb Fowler, Co-founder and Executive Director
Deb's path to the education profession began with her service in the United States Army as a Korean linguist, prior to the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy. (Her story is featured in Vincent Cianni’s award-winning book Gays in the Military). After teaching English at a private academy on the outskirts of Ulsan, South Korea, she returned to the United States in 2004 and spent the next decade teaching English and a variety of humanities courses to new immigrants and refugees at a large, urban, truly diverse high school. During that time, she produced two documentary films, Hard Truth, Levity, and Hope (2011) and Through Gay Eyes (2013) to promote awareness of students and families who are ignored, marginalized, or excluded within the public school system.
Deb has worked closely with experts to develop Intersections and Connections curriculum, participated in the most recent revision of the Massachusetts History and Social Sciences Curriculum Framework as the LGBTQ history Content Advisor, co-authored the National Council for the Social Studies Position Statement on LGBTQ+ History, and speaks at state and national conferences about the urgent need for LGBTQ-inclusive, intersectional curriculum.
"I feel a sense of urgency, every day, to get our curriculum into more classrooms because I know, from first-hand experience, it is affirming lives, changing lives, and most importantly saving lives.” - Deb Fowler
Miriam Morgenstern, Co-founder
Teacher, teacher trainer, curriculum developer and entrepreneur, Miriam has had over 30 years to develop her philosophy that children and adults are natural learners, and in the optimum environment, they have the capacity for deep learning and boundless creativity. Since co-founding History UnErased, Miriam has worked closely with other experts to develop Intersections and Connections curriculum, exploring topics ranging from gender roles in colonial Jamestown to the economic impact of discrimination today. Prior to this, Miriam taught history and English to non-native speakers in a large urban high school, where she developed innovative programs and mentored new teachers.
Miriam developed and taught the nation's first and only Cambodian Culture and Conflict course and created international teacher exchange programs that are still in place today. Miriam is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence and was chosen by the government of Cambodia to facilitate Cambodia's first Genocide National Teacher Training Program in Phnom Penh. Miriam received a B.S. in Politics from Brandeis University and M.S. TESL from SUNY Albany.
“Teachers cannot be expected to teach what they haven't learned themselves. Teachers need high-quality training, a curriculum they can easily integrate, and ongoing support. Teachers are vital to our mission.” - Miriam Morgenstern
Bryan Nadeau, Board Chair
Bryan Nadeau is a Strategic Leadership Advisor who brings decades of experience to growing History UnErased's leadership team with a focus on strategic planning, building intentional organizational culture, and maintaining morale in the face of disruptive change. He has held senior leadership positions at Pacific Bell and Kaiser Permanente, and founded a successful production company, where he built an extensive portfolio of clients, such as Bank of America, Pacific Bell, AT&T, and Microsoft. His work on a children’s television program resulted in a regional Emmy Award. He uses and builds on that wide-ranging leadership experience to advance History UnErased's mission.
Bryan holds a B.A. from Oklahoma State University and a Professional Coach certification from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching. In addition, he holds a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation and a Certified Systemic Team Coach Practitioner qualification from the Global Team Coaching Institute.
“From the moment I was first introduced to History UnErased, I understood the power of being seen and the positive impact that brings to the LGBTQ community and beyond. I am passionate about getting this curriculum in every school across the country.” - Bryan Nadeau
Our team of experts weave their unique experience into History UnErased's curriculum content, professional learning services, and behind-the-scenes operations.
Kathleen Barker (she/her) is our program director and professional learning facilitator, as well as developing and hosting our UnErasing LGBTQ History and Identities "Deep Dives and Backstories" podcast episodes. She is a library and information specialist and public historian with over 20 years of experience as a museum and library educator. Kathleen also provides training on diversifying classroom collections and school libraries with recommended inclusive book lists for elementary, middle, and high school students.
Dinah Mack (she/her) is our youth equity program director, professional learning facilitator, and produces our UnErasing LGBTQ History and Identities "Deep Dives and Backstories" podcast episodes. She is a former, veteran middle school Social Studies educator and has Master's degrees in both Education and Cultural Anthropology. Dinah is the author of two books and has worked as a freelance curriculum writer, technology integrationist, and K-12 teaching coach.
Hadiel Mohamed (she/her) is a professional learning facilitator and advisor to our leadership team. Within both roles, she provides equity-oriented guidance drawing upon her specialization in cross-cultural dialogue and liberatory education. She has a Master’s degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management and is focused on transforming systems and mindsets so that minoritized people can live a life of authenticity void of harm.
J Eric Fisher (he/they) is a professional learning facilitator, teaching coach, and content developer. He has a Master’s degree in Educational Theater and English Education with a focus on theater for social justice and community-engaged dialogue. Eric is a former, veteran kindergarten to middle school educator for the New York City Department of Education, and also a research activist and ethnographic performance-maker. His out-of-school time work folds in learners of all ages, from age three and up.
Basel Touchan, M.D. (he/him) is a professional learning facilitator and content developer. Holding an M.D. from Aleppo University, Syria, he combines his healthcare and educational expertise to propel DEIB initiatives in both education and public health. Basel serves on the Board of the ACLU of Kentucky, holds a position as Commissioner on the Mayor’s International Affairs Advisory Commission, and chairs the International Community Emergencies and Public Health Committee in Lexington, Kentucky. His research and writings have been showcased in publications such as the Journal of Endocrinology and the Washington Blade.
Jocardo Ralston (he/him) is a professional learning facilitator, teaching coach, and content developer. He is a veteran special education educator, working with students within restrictive classroom environments. He is in the second year of his doctoral studies in the Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education Ph.D. program at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, and his research delves into the intersections of Queer identity, BIPOC identity, and restrictive special education placements for students identified with behavioral difficulties.
Triana Wilson (she/her) is a professional learning facilitator and specialist in LGBTQ inclusion in multicultural, multilingual classrooms and learning environments. She is a former, veteran high school educator serving new immigrant and refugee students and connects LGBTQ cultural competency with public health policy and services.
Aliza Kapel (she/her) is a professional learning facilitator. Her expertise is in high school-level history curriculum development and she is a veteran, former middle school and high school social studies educator in the Bronx. Aliza holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Washington State University and a Master's degree in Social Studies Secondary Education from Lehman College.
Lydia Howlrika (she/her) is a professional learning facilitator and coordinator of special programming for New York City educators. Lydia is an accomplished veteran, former classroom educator and Library professional, and currently serves as a dedicated Teen Specialist at the New York Public Library, where she passionately engages with and supports the intellectual growth of youth.
Tiferet (Tif) Ani (she/they=shey) is a professional learning facilitator. Shey is a former veteran middle school and high school social studies educator, then the Social Studies Content Specialist for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. Tif is currently a Doctoral Student at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
Janaya Little (she/her) is a professional learning facilitator. She is in the second year of her doctoral studies in the Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education Ph.D. program at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, and has taught middle school English and History in Tennessee and Massachusetts.
Allegra Kogan (she/her) is a professional learning facilitator. She is a former middle school English Language Arts teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she was one of a few OUT educators. Allegra holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Davidson College, and a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University.
Fatima (Timmy) Al Muntafik (they/them) is a professional learning facilitator. They are an accomplished musician and taught elementary and secondary-level Arabic Language and Musical Arts courses in Baghdad, Iraq, prior to moving to the United States in 2015. They have a Master's in Arabic Language and Linguistics from PennWest California and they are currently in PennWest California's Master's program for Conflict Resolution. Timmy is also the Admissions Counselor for Diversity at Middlesex Community College.
Mor Erlich (he/him/Mor) is our video content creator and animator. His visual design, 2D animation, and motion graphics are woven into the primary source materials to bring our Intersections & Connections curriculum to life. Mor is the visionary and creator of the Sez Me web series, a multidisciplinary educational program to facilitate conversations about gender and identity with people of all ages. Mor was a referral specialist for the LGBT Center in New York City and has worked with homeless LGBTQ youth at the Ali Forney Center. Currently, Mor balances his work with History UnErased with his work as a Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) coach.
Danny Roberts (he/him) is a multi-faceted contributor to our operations. He studied foreign Language Education and French at the University of Georgia, and soon after graduation he found himself on one of the earlier seasons of MTV's "Real World" (New Orleans) and became one of a few groundbreakers OUT on national television. His season drew attention to the controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy of the US military due to his on-screen relationship with a covert US army captain. From there, he began LGBTQ advocacy work and then technology startup talent recruiting.
Becca Veth (she/her) is a multi-faceted contributor and assistant to our team. She holds Master's degrees in both Licensed Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy and is an advisor and co-facilitator for our customized training for school counselors and social workers. Becca also manages monthly reporting to various offices within the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) in support of our ongoing contractual work, as well as managing communications with NYC DOE educators and leadership teams.
Dr. Warren Blumenfeld (they/them) is a researcher, content developer, and guest speaker. They were a member of the Gay Liberation Front in Washington, DC in the early 1970s and their activism propelled them into academia. They have taught a variety of College of Education courses at Colgate, Iowa State University, and now at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Warren is a prolific writer and is the author of "The What, The So What, and The Now What of Social Justice Education" and co-editor of "Readings for Diversity and Social Justice."
Leslie Anne Frye-Thomas (she/her) is a professional learning facilitator. She has extensive experience as a Creative Consultant, Senior Copywriter, and manager of multi-platform content creation. Leslie has a Bachelor of Arts in Screenwriting and was the Stonewall National Museum, Archives & Library National Education Program Manager and consultant. Leslie balances her work as Creative Director and Senior Copywriter for Reel Stories Creative with her work with History UnErased.
Behind the Scenes Talent
Jayson Caluag (he/him) is our graphic designer and brand specialist. He is one of the first members of our team and has created hundreds of unique designs to capture the essence of every component, and time period, of our Intersections & Connections curriculum. Prior to joining History UnErased, Jayson was a Senior Graphic Artist for Halcyon Digital Media Design, Inc.
Marilyn Valiente (she/her) is a multi-faceted contributor and assistant to our leadership team. She is our lead generation specialist, researcher, and communications and networking strategist. She is one of the first members of our team and her skills and expertise continue to expand History UnErased's professional affiliations and connections with potential K-12 schools and districts as contracted partners.
Johan Hoyos (he/him) is our web architect and manager of both the digital curriculum platform and our public-facing website. He is one of the first members of our team and has woven years of feedback into the features and functionality of our curriculum platform to provide the most intuitive, high-quality experience for teachers and students alike. Johan is also meeting the needs of staff with streamlined and efficient tools to manage school accounts and communications with partner schools.
Fun Fact: Johan is from Colombia and is one of Deb Fowler's former ELL students.