Wade Antonio Colwell gratefully serves geographically diverse school communities as a poet, author, teacher, songwriter, facilitator, mentor and performance artist. His passionate collaboration as Co-Founder of Youth Equity Stewardship (YES!) and national consultant for the Deep Equity professional development process with Corwin Press, is inspired by a growing social movement of collective reciprocity, where students, teachers, families, support staff, administrators and the community at large, realize the mutual benefit of healthy relationships, inclusive practices, and equitable educational environments. Over the years experiencing “creativity” as a powerful catalyst for institutional uplift, Wade strives to artfully integrate professional disciplines such as musical expression, restorative practices, humor, environmental advocacy, hip hop culture, multilingual communication, healing arts, visual and video aesthetics, cultural ceremony, improvisation, mass media analysis, movement/dance, technology, ethnic studies, and soundscape design into his work. Wade credits his mother Catalina, a painter & philosopher, and his father Paul, a musician & lyricist, with laying the foundation for his sustained enthusiasm as a learner.