These organizations were founded by Dionna Latimer-Hearn in an effort to make a bigger impact on race and class equity in education on a national and international level.
REACT Initiative, Inc.
Dionna Latimer-Hearn is the founder and director of REACT Initiative, Inc., a nonprofit organization advocating for equity in education.
REACT Initiative, Inc. Mission Statement
REACT Initiative, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that addresses barriers impeding the educational access and success of individuals from historically marginalized populations. We identify and address unjust educational practices while contributing to the continued development of professionals serving diverse populations. Our services, therefore, extend beyond schools and universities to clinics, hospitals, corporations, childcare facilities, nonprofits, religious organizations, and more.
Respect The Dialect
Dionna Latimer-Hearn is the visionary and founder of Respect The Dialect. Respect The Dialect is a community that began on Facebook and expanded to other social media platforms including Twitter (@RespectDialect) and Instagram (@RespectTheDialect). We exist to promote awareness and appreciation of African American English (AAE) across settings. The organization provides continuing education for professionals interested in working to erase linguicism and language subordination and language supremacy in contemporary society.
The Culture We Speak
Dionna Latimer-Hearn is the founder and producer of The Culture We Speak, a podcast and Facebook group exploring the intersection of language, culture, and identity. The podcast and related platforms are designed to promote culturally relevant and appropriate services for professionals working in the fields of speech pathology and education.