W.D. Floyd is the founder and lead organizer for 360 Nation. He has over 10 years of experience as an educator, youth worker and organizer. He works with others to create intergenerational spaces that value individual gifts and talents as a catalyst for community transformation. W.D. Floyd believes that real community change is bottom up not top down. Therefore, he utilizes popular education and critical dialogue as a means to promote self-love and determination.
Bianca was born in Baltimore, MD, but has called Chicago home for 5 years. A middle school English Language Arts teacher, Bianca prides herself on choosing novels and subject matter that are both interesting, culturally relevant, and responsive to Black students. Bianca believes that literacy can be utilized as a tool to raise consciousness and promote self-determination in young people. Bianca intends to live according to these principles and facilitate the same resolve in those involved in 360 Nation.
Albert is a Chicago native and long time west-side resident. For Al, 360 Nation is a vessel that allows him to contribute to the political, social and economic development of Chicago’s Black community. Albert’s goal is to help further the mission of 360 Nation by working in collaboration with the west side community to promote healing, education and self determination.
Ahmed is a trained dancer, choreographer and theater practitioner. He has years of experience working with and training youth in the performing arts. Ahmed has incorporated issues such as trauma, internalized hate and depression into various theater and dance productions. He has been able to transfer his gifts and talents to inspiring youth. Allowing them to use performing arts as a powerful healing mechanism.