Equity Audit Conference Facilitators

Mary Ferguson

Mary Ferguson has spent a lifetime in St. Louis and the past 30 years educating herself and others about social justice issues.  Mary is adept at drawing from her own life experience as well as a working background in government, education, and the non-profit sector to forge a practice of social justice activism and training.  Local, national, and international clients Mary has worked with include Metropolis, Missouri Botanical Garden, Bank of America, Coca-Cola Enterprises, and the American Red Cross.  

Mary was a participant in the Coro Foundation’s year-long fellowship in public affairs between graduating from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an undergraduate degree in history and completing her graduate degree in urban studies at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Mary is currently completing her doctorate in social justice education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis where she is a faculty member as well, teaching two social justice courses – “Examining History, Community, and Social Justice in Education” and “Teacher Action, Advocacy, and Leadership for Social Justice”.

Additionally,Mary staffs the College of Education’s Dean’s Committee on Social Justice.  Mary volunteers for the North St. Louis Arts Council and serves on the board of directors of the Diversity Awareness Partnership.  Mary believes her greatest preparation for her academic and activist work has been parenting a mixed heritage, feminist, social activist daughter now living in Chicago.

Amana Hanks

Angela ‘Amana’ Hanks, as project director of the St. Louis Teacher Enhancement Partnership in the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, has responsibility for the execution of a multi-faceted $3.2 million grant from the US Department of Education. Angela utilizes her exceptional planning, personnel and resource management skills, and knowledge of technology to lead a collaborative model of community-based training and development for aspiring urban teachers.  Drawing on her own years (as student and staff member) in St. Louis Public Schools and as a community activist, Angela has keen insight into youth, family, and neighborhood development issues.  

Angela’s prior work experience has included service in the AmeriCorps program and retail and sales work as well in St. Louis, Houston, and Washington, DC.  Angela holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is looking for the appropriate advanced degree program in urban education policy.  Angela is the proud mother of two young sons.