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Freda is a long time advocate of social justice issues and has promoted awareness of this for 16 years as a history teacher in Chicago and San Francisco Bay area secondary schools. She initiated new diversity programs and activities at the schools in which she worked by collaborating with students, staff and the surrounding community. Her main goal was to always transform people’s perspectives on various issues they never knew about while affirming voices that are rarely heard.

As a result of her accomplishments at Lake Forest Academy, the school has a permanent administrative position dedicated to fostering cultural awareness. Further, Freda’s experiences of teaching for social change in Chicago Public Schools are featured in the Teaching for Social Justice series book, See You When We Get There.

Her quest for cultural and social awareness began as an undergraduate of Northwestern University, where she learned about Asian American history and perspectives never taught throughout all her years of schooling. This led to Freda leading a campus-wide and community supported movement for an Asian American Studies Program. Several years later, this program was established as a minor and continues to thrive today.

Freda also works as a Research Consultant and Lead Guide for Freedom Lifted, a business dedicated to promoting awareness of social movement history through educational travel for young people and adults. In her leisure time Freda enjoys exploring nature and writing. She earned her BA degree in History and International Studies/Asian Studies from Northwestern University and her Masters degree in Teaching from Brown University.



Kilby is a lifelong student of history and a strong believer in the importance of education. Kilby received his Bachelor’s Degree in History and Political Science from the University of Alabama. In 2015, he graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Master’s in Asian Pacific Studies Program where he was the Valedictorian speaker for May 2015 Arts and Sciences Commencement ceremony and was a recipient of the 2014-2015 Center for Asia Pacific Studies Fellowship. Kilby has published an article in Asia Pacific Perspectives entitled “The Question of Japanese-ness: Repatriation and Guilt in Postwar Japan.” Kilby is returning to school in Fall 2017 to get his Master’s of Business Administration from California State University, East Bay.