Syda Taylor - Chicago Public Schools, Family and Community Engagement in Education
Syda Segovia Taylor has 20 years of experience bringing opportunities to Black and Latino youth in Chicago. She prides herself of being a social justice advocate by promoting the oneness of humankind, environmental justice and physical/spiritual health. Syda received her M.A. Community Development & Social Justice degree from Loyola University, has a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, carries a Youth Development Practitioner Certification from the Chicago Area Project, and obtained an Advocacy Training Certificate from the Chicago Foundation for Women. She began her journey as a dancer and elementary physical education/health teacher, and most recently accepted a role with the Chicago Public Schools, CPS, as the Family and Community Engagement in Education (FACE2) Manager. Prior to that she directed programs for high profile non-profits such as Project Exploration, Quad Communities Development Corporation, After School Matters, and the Chicago Park District. During her time as an education program officer with Local Initiative Support Corporation in 2012, she won the Together For Tomorrow award from the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama administration and was also recognized by Rahm Emmanuel for her accomplishments with the Elev8 nation-wide initiative started by Atlantic Philanthropies. In her spare time, Syda is currently growing her own non-profit called Organic Oneness to house community social action projects that promote the interconnection between all people and the earth. Being connected and engaged to the Chicago HIVE Network helps her connect to like-minded organizations and individuals. Opportunities for collaborations and funding through HIVE helps propel the work forward and make ideas a reality.