About Us

Who We Are

Our unique collective began with us collaborating as “differently different” graduate students at The  Ohio State University (USA) in 2000. For the last two decades, we have developed a relation-based ethical approach as collaborators, co-conspirators, and close friends. Project Ilumina emerged from our commitment to do equity, diversity, and inclusion differently.  Our relation-based ethical approach is organic, client centered, and effective for sustainable change. Both rule breakers and makers, we pursue ways to successfully navigate and reimagine challenges. Plus, we each bring 20+ years of expertise to Project Ilumina, as educators and researchers, authors and editors, activists and administrators, and directors of grant-funded projects.

Our Team

Roland Sintos Coloma

Roland Sintos Coloma

Roland Sintos Coloma

Roland Sintos Coloma

Steph (Daza) Curley

Steph (Daza) Curley

Steph (Daza) Curley

Steph (Daza) Curley

Jeong-eun Rhee

Jeong-eun Rhee

Jeong-eun Rhee

Jeong-eun Rhee

Binaya Subedi

Binaya Subedi

Binaya Subedi

Binaya Subedi

Sharon Subreenduth

Sharon Subreenduth

Sharon Subreenduth

Sharon Subreenduth

Roland Sintos Coloma

I am a mission-driven change agent who works with individuals, organizations, and institutions to fulfill their goals. I am a strategic thinker and collaborator who is comfortable taking risks, working out of the box, and taking paths less traveled. As a queer man of color from an immigrant and working-class family, I foreground difference and intersectionality as key resources and frames for transformative and justice work. Born in the Philippines and raised in California, I have worked and lived in the U.S. Midwest and Toronto, Canada. Currently a professor of education at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, I was a former high school English teacher, community organizer, and university administrator. History, pop culture, urban vibes, traveling, and eclectic food nourish my mind, soul, and tummy.

Steph (Daza) Curley

Recognized for ‘doing difference differently’ in research, teaching, and mentoring, Steph brings a track-record of interdisciplinary empirical research. She has earned near $1 million, including over $800,000 from the National Science Foundation for diversifying STEM education (2007-2013). Leading on infrastructure and capacity building, she has worked across constituencies to develop, fund, launch and direct diversity centres, offices, and programmes.  Currently appointed to a six-member Steering Committee, she is co-leading the development of a new university-wide Research Centre for the Study of Race and Racism. Based in Manchester, UK, since 2013, Steph also has lived and worked within different contexts, including borderlands, areas of conflict and natural disasters, and urban, rural, and suburban locations, in the USA (California, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas), Bolivia, and Colombia. Published in top journals, Steph’s scholarship is in conversation with feminist of Colour methodologies and Black radical, post/decolonial, Indigenous, queer, and critical race theories, as well as cybernetics and post-filial philosophies. She researches interdependent relations of self, wor(l)ds, and others interacting as and through moving systems of relations, with a particular focus on difference in (a) policy practices; (b) higher education and teacher education; and (d) theories of learning and research methodologies.

Jeong-eun Rhee

As an interdisciplinary cultural researcher and educator, I am committed to developing transnational, intergenerational, and decolonial feminist knowledge projects. Since my migration from Seoul, Korea in 1992, I have worked in West Virginia, Ohio, Minnesota and New York in the U.S. Through these geo-political and cultural moves, I have opened up myself to possibilities of community building across differences. My expertise includes participatory action research, qualitative research, culturally relevant and sustaining education, and global/international education. I value body-mind/spirit integrated, learner-centered, and community-based healing, knowledge, and approaches.

Binaya Subedi

I am an immigrant. I was born in Kathmandu, Nepal.  I travel often to Nepal for research and community work. My current work involves working with Bhutanese-Nepali speaking community and I am involved in language and cultural revitalization projects. I have been studying the growth and changes within an immigrant populated city and how immigrants are redefining notions of community. I am also a youth coach soccer and follow the world of international soccer.  I have worked within various universities for more than 15  years. I study and teach courses on race, migration,  and critical global consciousness. 

Sharon Subreenduth

Growing up in South Africa under apartheid as a student activist and teacher, has guided my approach and practice to social justice and equity, and has ensured that central to my social justice work is to address the de/humanizing aspect of in/equity.  Traversing geo-political, ideological, multiple ‘borders’ within and outside of the US, I am centrally concerned with decolonizing research and building diverse communities of practice through critical engaged inquiry that focuses on anti-oppressive schooling, curriculum, pedagogy, and identity that is cognizant of socially responsible research within global-local educational contexts. My strong interdisciplinary grant scholarship, and the relational aspect of my work, focusing on blurring power relations and engaging intersectionality, has produced strong partnerships with international educators, higher education, governmental and community based organizations from over 40 developing and/or post-colonial countries. As a transnational woman of color, my biography intervenes in binary discourse, practices and offers a more nuanced intersectional understanding of equity, diversity and inclusive excellence.

Our Team

Roland Sintos Coloma

Roland Sintos Coloma

Roland Sintos Coloma

Roland Sintos Coloma

I am a mission-driven change agent who works with individuals, organizations, and institutions to fulfill their goals. I am a strategic thinker and collaborator who is comfortable taking risks, working out of the box, and taking paths less traveled. As a queer man of color from an immigrant and working-class family, I foreground difference and intersectionality as key resources and frames for transformative and justice work. Born in the Philippines and raised in California, I have worked and lived in the U.S. Midwest and Toronto, Canada. Currently a professor of education at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, I was a former high school English teacher, community organizer, and university administrator. History, pop culture, urban vibes, traveling, and eclectic food nourish my mind, soul, and tummy.

Steph (Daza) Curley

Steph (Daza) Curley

Steph (Daza) Curley

Steph (Daza) Curley

Recognized for ‘doing difference differently’ in research, teaching, and mentoring, Steph brings a track-record of interdisciplinary empirical research. She has earned near $1 million, including over $800,000 from the National Science Foundation for diversifying STEM education (2007-2013). Leading on infrastructure and capacity building, she has worked across constituencies to develop, fund, launch and direct diversity centres, offices, and programmes.  Currently appointed to a six-member Steering Committee, she is co-leading the development of a new university-wide Research Centre for the Study of Race and Racism. Based in Manchester, UK, since 2013, Steph also has lived and worked within different contexts, including borderlands, areas of conflict and natural disasters, and urban, rural, and suburban locations, in the USA (California, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas), Bolivia, and Colombia. Published in top journals, Steph’s scholarship is in conversation with feminist of Colour methodologies and Black radical, post/decolonial, Indigenous, queer, and critical race theories, as well as cybernetics and post-filial philosophies. She researches interdependent relations of self, wor(l)ds, and others interacting as and through moving systems of relations, with a particular focus on difference in (a) policy practices; (b) higher education and teacher education; and (d) theories of learning and research methodologies.

Jeong-eun Rhee

Jeong-eun Rhee

Jeong-eun Rhee

Jeong-eun Rhee

As an interdisciplinary cultural researcher and educator, I am committed to developing transnational, intergenerational, and decolonial feminist knowledge projects. Since my migration from Seoul, Korea in 1992, I have worked in West Virginia, Ohio, Minnesota and New York in the U.S. Through these geo-political and cultural moves, I have opened up myself to possibilities of community building across differences. My expertise includes participatory action research, qualitative research, culturally relevant and sustaining education, and global/international education. I value body-mind/spirit integrated, learner-centered, and community-based healing, knowledge, and approaches.

Binaya Subedi

Binaya Subedi

Binaya Subedi

Binaya Subedi

I am an immigrant. I was born in Kathmandu, Nepal.  I travel often to Nepal for research and community work. My current work involves working with Bhutanese-Nepali speaking community and I am involved in language and cultural revitalization projects. I have been studying the growth and changes within an immigrant populated city and how immigrants are redefining notions of community. I am also a youth coach soccer and follow the world of international soccer.  I have worked within various universities for more than 15  years. I study and teach courses on race, migration,  and critical global consciousness. 

Sharon Subreenduth

Sharon Subreenduth

Sharon Subreenduth

Sharon Subreenduth

Growing up in South Africa under apartheid as a student activist and teacher, has guided my approach and practice to social justice and equity, and has ensured that central to my social justice work is to address the de/humanizing aspect of in/equity.  Traversing geo-political, ideological, multiple ‘borders’ within and outside of the US, I am centrally concerned with decolonizing research and building diverse communities of practice through critical engaged inquiry that focuses on anti-oppressive schooling, curriculum, pedagogy, and identity that is cognizant of socially responsible research within global-local educational contexts. My strong interdisciplinary grant scholarship, and the relational aspect of my work, focusing on blurring power relations and engaging intersectionality, has produced strong partnerships with international educators, higher education, governmental and community based organizations from over 40 developing and/or post-colonial countries. As a transnational woman of color, my biography intervenes in binary discourse, practices and offers a more nuanced intersectional understanding of equity, diversity and inclusive excellence.