Kelly Hurst, M.Ed
Kelly Hurst is a national organizer for Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training and program coordinator for Springfield Coalition on Dismantling Racism. She joins the Lodestar team as a Justice-Equity-Diversity-Inclusion master facilitator, and brings an unparalleled passion for her work. Her facilitation style invites courageous conversations, and her humor and willingness to dive into both institutional history and aspirational vision have made Kelly much-sought in both the public and private sector.
Several years ago Lodestar Founder, Dr. Sarraf, approached Kelly with the idea that facilitation of JEDI and anti-racism work could be enhanced by a trauma-informed lens. The two collaborated on the creation of a "trauma-informed container" which is foundational for the JEDI work in which they engage.
Kelly earned a bachelors of science in English Literature and Afro American Studies before going on to earn a Masters degree in Educational Administration from Illinois State University. She spent her early career in public education, teaching and serving in leadership roles as guidance dean, literacy coach,10 years as an assistant principal, department chair, and working in faculty development and inter-school professional development and training.
In 2014, Kelly left education to expand the scope and scale of antiracism community work in Springfield, IL. An activist, speaker, writer and storyteller, Kelly’s life's work has focused on justice in education. She is Executive Director of Being Black at School, an advocacy non-profit she founded that works on education equity policies at the state and local level.
Kelly and her husband are the parents of 6 children and 4 grandchildren.