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Jeff Sapp has been an educator, writer, and activist for the last 37 years.  As Senior Curriculum Specialist/Writer for The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance program, Jeff has consulted on and written curriculum for Academy Award-winning documentaries and Emmy Award-winning films.  He has been a frequent contributor to Teaching Tolerance Magazine, a semiannual magazine dedicated to highlighting the best in multicultural education.  Jeff was an Associate Editor for Multicultural Perspectives, the official journal of The National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) for twelve years.  He has written extensively for Tolerance.org, the Webby Award winning Best Activist Site on the Internet.  

Jeff’s children’s book, Rhinos & Raspberries, won the Golden Lamp Award, the Association of Educational Publishers’ highest honor.  His Teaching Tolerance Magazine feature article “How My School Taught Me I Was Poor” won an AEP Distinguished Achievement Award, one of the highest honors in the field of educational publishing.  Jeff’s 2017 co-authored book - Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality - published by Rethinking Schools, was awarded a Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association.  The Stonewall Book Awards recognize works of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.  It also won the Benjamin Franklin Silver Award Winner from the Independent Book Publishers Association.

Respected as a national leader in curriculum writing, Jeff has done consulting and writing for prestigious organizations like The Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance, The Simon Wiesenthal Center, The Museum of Tolerance, and The Civil Rights Memorial Center.  

As a college professor, he’s received various awards highlighting his excellence in teaching.  As an activist, he has worked tirelessly for equity and social justice in educational settings.  Jeff is Professor of Education in the College of Education at California State University Dominguez Hills where he as taught for the last eleven years.   A prolific writer and scholar, Jeff was recently awarded the 2016 Faculty Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity from his university.

He lives in Long Beach, California with his husband Erwin “Sino” Donato and their 8-year-old daughter Helena.  In his free time Jeff likes to garden, go to antique stores with Sino, and have long, thoughtful talks with Helena about feminism.

© Jeff Sapp 2015