Shadiin Garcia is Chicana and Laguna Pueblo from New Mexico. She has worked in the educational arena for over 20 years as a teacher, as a public school administrator, researcher, a policy analyst, and as a consultant. She has a Bachelors Degree from Yale University in English with a specialization in education; a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from University of Oregon and a PhD in Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education at University of Oregon.
Shadiin's work centers on organizational change, culturally relevant and sustaining curriculum, educational and systemic equity, culturally appropriate research and community driven systemic change. She served as the Deputy Director of Policy and Research at Oregon’s Chief Education Office where she helped develop a research agenda driven by culturally appropriate practices for improving key educational outcomes. Most recently, she served as the Director of TeachOregon at the Chalkboard Project leading initiatives to diversify the educator workforce and improve teacher educator systems. While at Chalkboard, she convened Oregon's statewide American Indian/Alaska Native Educational Professional Learning Community. She is currently a consultant working in a variety of venues. Shadiin tries to centers sovereignty, solidarity, and community and works to amplify multiple ways of being and knowing. She believes in co-constructing ideas grounded in equity and local context.