Emilia Diamant is a teen educator, social worker, reluctant organizer, Beyhive member, and hardcore Bostonian. She has taught for 15 years across the country (and the world) on power and justice, whiteness, pop culture, feminism, and the arts. She graduated from New York University with a degree in Informal Urban Education and has a Master’s in Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Her full-time work is currently at Avodah, where she serves as the National Program Director, overseeing their Service Corps, Justice Fellowship, Alumni, and Recruitment work. Avodah supports young adults as they embark on their social justice journeys from a Jewish lens.
Emilia has taught in Boston, New York, North Carolina, Costa Rica, Italy, Israel, and Ukraine from pre-K to adults. Her passion is engaging teenagers in conversations around their racial, ethnic, and religious identities and how to move their understanding of those identities toward an action plan. She is currently embedded at Temple Israel Boston’s Tent program, teaching classes to 8th-12th graders and providing additional support on overall program direction. She is also the Coordinator for the Teens Acting for Social Change (TASC) program at Boston Worker's Circle.
In 2012-2013, Emilia was a JOIN for Justice Organizing Fellow. She has held leadership roles in the NewCAJE Young Fellows program and is a member of the White Allies Leadership Council for Dimensions EDC. She is a proud 1st generation member of Tzedek Lab, a national multiracial network of political education trainers, organizers, spiritual leaders, and cultural workers, Jews and allies, established to build collective competency to better politicize, transform, and inspire the Jewish community into collective action against racism, antisemitism, and white supremacy.
Emilia works with Dimensions Educational Consulting as the co-facilitator of the Jews of Color & Allies cohort, focusing on helping white women lead on racial equity and build meaningful cross-racial relationships that center Black women.
Emilia does her work from Boston, on the sovereign land of the Pawtucket and Massachusett people. She is a student of critical race theory, emergent strategy, and seeks to always follow the leadership of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and leaders of Color. Emilia is a white woman with Iranian and Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, the descendant of Holocaust survivors, and bad-ass political resisters.
LCSW, MA Social Work Board
MSW, UNC-Chapel Hill 2012
Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and Management
Bachelor's Degree, NYU 2007
Concentration in Urban Informal Education and the Performing Arts
Certified Peer Counselor