The heart of ATN rests on the network’s Activists in Residence. Activists in Residence are seasoned community organizers who work alongside teachers to build more socially-just schools. Activists in Residence strengthen teachers' knowledge of collective liberation strategies, so teachers can dismantle structures that do not love, support, and help all students thrive, especially Black and Brown students.
Activists in Residence organize through a Black queer feminist lens.
Charlene Carruthers’ book Unapologetic: A Black Queer, & Feminist Mandate for Radical Movement along with the book We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching & The Pursuit of Educational Freedom guide the work of the Activists in Residence.
Activists in Residence are paid a stipend for their work.