Martha Diaz is a community organizer, media producer, archivist, curator, and social entrepreneur. She is one of Women’s eNews distinguished 21 Leaders for the 21st Century whose work has traversed the hip-hop entertainment industry, the public arts and education sector, and the academy over the last 25 years. Her passion is innovating and transforming communities through media, technology, and Hip-Hop education and preservation. In 2010, Diaz formed the Hip-Hop Education Center at NYU to formalize the field of hip-hop-based education. Diaz was a Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Curator/Scholar at The Schomburg Center - NY Public Library, Community Scholar at Columbia University, and The Nasir Jones Fellow at Harvard University. She is currently a New School Creation Fellow at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education, USC Civic Media Fellow at the Annenberg Innovation Lab, and a Tiny Fellow at 4.0 Schools, where she is designing the first online hip-hop school.
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