Latinx Education Collaborative

Bakari Ukuu

Graduate Student, University College London

Bakari Ukuu’s mission is to leverage his leadership and diverse experiences to help dismantle systems of inequity and expand the opportunities and outcomes for students. Bakari is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education and international development from University College London in London, England. Prior to going back to school full-time, Bakari spent seven years as an educator in Kansas City, MO. After joining the Kansas City Public School staff in 2012, Bakari quickly became an active advocate for the district’s students, families, and staff. His passion for improving the educational landscape in Kansas City led him to serve in multiple capacities within education. He has served as a classroom teacher, an instructional coach, and most recently as a middle school vice principal. Bakari understands that schools do not exist in a vacuum. In addition to his school based roles, he has served as a founding board member of the Kansas City Public Schools Education Foundation, a Trustee for Kansas City Public Schools Retirement System, a panelist for No Wrong Answers Podcast, an executive board member of the Kansas City Federation of Teachers, and a steering committee member of Brothers Liberating our Community (The BLOC), an organization designed to recruit, retain and connect men of color in education. Bakari currently serves as a national board member for Teach For America’s Collective National Advisory Board.