Teacher . Writer . Activist
Vivett is a classroom teacher, writer, humanitarian and social activist who cares deeply about those who are systematically disenfranchised. She is particularly dedicated to eradicating mass incarceration and the school-to-prison pipeline that disproportionately plagues the Black community, as she is directly impacted by the devastation and decimation that incarceration inflicts on familial and community bonds.
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"Human connection is a need, not a want or a luxury."
Education is and will always be the key to improvement in all areas of life for members of the African diaspora and that equity in education coupled with mass incarceration are two of the biggest civil rights assaults facing our society currently. Parents must be in the lead to decide what schools and educational spaces best serve their child’s needs.
Vivett Dukes (nèe Hemans), a New Yorker through and through, was born in Queens, NY and raised in Elmont, Long Island. She began her teaching career in 2002 as a K-12 substitute teacher in the very districts where she was taught and from which she ultimately matriculated. She earned her B.S. in English and Secondary Education from Long Island University’s C.W. Post campus and her Master of Arts in the Teaching of Writing/Literacy from Hofstra University.