Global Online Academy is thrilled to have three Catalyst Conference conversations for the 2021 event. Watch these three inspiring videos and explore the related materials at any time. Visitors will have access to these videos from April 22 to April 26.

Keynote: Ms. LaTricea Adams

Catalyst Conference Keynote Speaker Ms. LaTricea Adams

LaTricea Adams is the Founder CEO & President of Black Millennials for Flint, the first and only environmental justice and civil rights organization founded by Black and Latinx Millennials with a focus on the eradication of lead throughout the nation. Earlier this month, LaTricea was appointed to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council. In addition to LaTricea’s work in the environmental justice space, she serves as a lifelong educator with teaching and executive leadership experience in large, urban districts such as Nashville, Memphis, and Washington, DC. LaTricea’s life motto is to be “supreme in service to all mankind.” 

Her keynote interview with GOA teacher Jessica Gould addresses student-generated questions related to environmental justice, systemic racism, and advocacy.

Student Speakers

Each year, the GOA Catalyst Conference features student speakers selected based on their on-going work extending research projects beyond the original scope of a school-based project and carrying their learning forward into the world. 

We are thrilled to present two student videos below:

Tess B.

Tess B., a former West Point Grey Academy student, took a GOA Gender Studies course and participated in the 2018 Catalyst Conference. Three years ago, her Catalyst project focused on the experiences that women and non-binary individuals had with safety and the public transportation system in Vancouver, BC. Since then, her Catalyst project has extended into an ongoing public campaign called Moving Forward to raise awareness and work with public transit officials to create a safer transit experience for everyone.

Laila I. and Amy M.

Laila I. and Amy M. are students at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center in Providence (commonly referred to as Met High School). Last year, they engaged in a year-long action research project in partnership with KnowledgeWorks where they pursued the research questions, “How do the racial and ethic background of students and teacher affect student-teacher relationships within the classroom?” You can learn more about their project, and watch their original presentation, here.

We are grateful to this year’s speakers for their time, their inspiring messages, and most importantly the change they are catalyzing in their own communities.


  1. I really enjoyed learning about Black Millennials for Flint! I am so impressed with the way that Mrs. Adams can take an initiative and really launch a change in a community that ended up expanding world wide. I liked hearing about how students and young people can even help by using their social media platforms to raise support. Where do you think this initiative is moving to next? What’s the next step to getting these under priveledged communities clean water?

  2. It was awesome to hear from Ms. Adams. I found her initiative really inspiring as well as her ability to connect people, ideas, and organizations to create lasting change.

  3. Wow, thank you Ms. Adams for sharing your knowledge and story with us. The intersectionality of human rights, social justice, and the environment is definitely something I see talked about in the future especially with regards to freshwater. I cannot wait to see how you guys move forward in the future!

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