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Lydia Curtis

Executive Director

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Lydia Curtis is a core organizer for Washington Substitute Teachers United, and Founder/Executive Director of Sadiki Educational Safari. She has a background in Education, a Masters from Howard University, and currently teaches part-time for DC Public Schools as a substitute teacher.

Her work experience includes 20 years of servicing youth and adults as a Probation Officer at the DC Superior Court. (retired) Her civic background includes 25+ years organizing events in the community, 9 years with Black Seeds, Inc., 10 years with the Washington Interfaith Network, Ward 8 Mutual Aid, Empower DC, and leadership in various ministries at St Augustine Roman Catholic Church, including serving as current co-Chair of The Africa and the Diaspora Ministry. Ms. Curtis is a member of the Kankouran West African Dance Company.

Ms. Curtis was a participant in multiple walkathons for cancer and AIDS research. A devoted international traveler, Ms. Curtis has been to 9 African countries, as well as Jamaica, Cuba, Beliz, Colombia, Mexico, Canada and England. Her organization, Sadiki, is partnered with Medase LLC, and creates travel abroad opportunities with a social justice lens to under-resourced teens, to places in Africa and the African Diaspora.