Current LEAD Faculty Fellows
Isaiah Carrington is a LEAD Faculty Fellow in the Liberal Arts Division and he teaches
Speech courses. He hopes to continue to develop his skills as an instructor, creating
learning environments that are welcoming and exciting for students. His dedication
to creating and developing a pedagogy that suits students of all backgrounds and identities
will serve to encourage students to take risks and in a fun and safe classroom. Isaiah
is excited for the opportunity to help students grow as learners and as communicators.
He also hopes that the skills learned in his classroom will be utilized by students
during the rest of their college experience and beyond. Isaiah holds a bachelor’s
and master’s in communication studies from Southern Illinois University and focused
his studies on Communication Pedagogy.
Dr. Amaziah Finley
Dr. Amaziah Zuri Finley is a LEAD Faculty Fellow in Harper College's Anthropology
Department. With over a decade of teaching experience, Dr. Finley is passionate about
helping students have that "aha" moment. Dr. Finley teaches courses in Introduction
to Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, and Social Justice at Harper College. Amaziah
hopes that her enthusiasm for her subject will inspire more underrepresented students
to pursue the discipline. In her opinion, academia should be a welcoming place for
diversity, and she's grateful to be teaching at a college that shares that belief.
Dr. Finley earned her Bachelor, Master, and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with a minor in African American Studies. She has
extensive training in the four fields of Anthropology, including Cultural, Linguistic,
Biological, and Archaeology, with a focus on cultural and linguistic studies. She
was previously both a McNair Scholar and a Diversifying Faculty in Illinois Fellow.
Martinez E-B Garcias
Martinez E-B Garcias is currently a LEAD Faculty Fellow in the Art Department at Harper
College. E-B teaches Design 1, Drawing 1, Introduction to Visual Art, and Digital
Art and Animation. Before coming to Harper College, E-B was the Hispanic Youth Leadership
Program Coordinator with Esperanza Inc., where he developed and facilitated programs
and art-driven curriculum that strived for community outreach, family engagement,
and citizen involvement. E-B is a native of inner-city Cleveland, OH and now living
out of the Chicago, IL area. He is a multidisciplinary artist, who creates works that
simulate the cultural, social, and political fog of his upbringing. E-B has illustrated
and authored books, has had his works adapted for theater, and has been shown in numerous
exhibits nationally. E-B holds a B.F.A. in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of
Art, an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago, and anticipates
completing his M.F.A. at Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2026. E-B was also the Art
Director for LTD Commodities, where he would oversee the visual aspects of catalog
and online advertising. In this role he led an interdisciplinary skilled team toward
using product + marketing research to stay on creative trends while building the company's
Nicole Mancha is currently a LEAD Faculty Fellow in the English Department at Harper
College. In this role, Nicole teaches English courses at the college. Nicole has experience
working in both elementary education as well as higher education, previously working
in Chicago Public Schools, 4-year universities, and junior colleges. Nicole holds
a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University and
a Master of Education in Urban Higher Education from the University of Illinois at
Chicago. Nicole is also pursuing her Ph.D. in Literacy, Language, and Culture at the
University of Illinois at Chicago.
2023 LEAD Faculty Fellows with Dr. Tamara A. Johnson
Pictured from left to right: Dr. Amaziah Finley, Isaiah Carrington, Dr. Tamara A.
Johnson, Martinez E-B Garcias and Nicole Mancha.