Nadeen L. Herring

Nadeen Herring is a HER-STORY Maker. She is a K-thru-college and adult studies educator of
almost 30 years. From her humble beginnings in the Bronx, NY to her coming of age in
Harrisburg, PA, Nadeen modeled her parents’ commitment to equity, diversity and social justice
because she was taught that it’s “our responsibility, period”. Nadeen’s persistence landed her
at Spelman College where she earned a B.A. in English and then an M.A. in English Education at
Teachers College, Columbia University, where she also earned teacher certification in secondary
education. Nadeen is now the founder/owner of blaq noyz, LLC, where she not only facilitates
trainings nationwide for educators and business professionals surrounding the creation of safe
spaces for transgender human beings, she also launched her first children’s book series, Life:
According to Z, an autobiographical account of her 16 year-old trans child’s life experiences
since introducing himself to her at the age of 7. Nadeen is an education partner with the
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Gender and Sexuality Clinic and has been invited to speak
at events sponsored by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs and other local and
State entities. Nadeen is an unapologetic, aspiring co-conspirator for transgender and queer
visibility and celebration in our QTBIPOC communities and beyond. Her life-commitment is to
remain a voice of righting the wrongs she sees in schools and in every day relations where
people’s intersectional identities are grossly and inhumanely dismissed, mishandled and re-