What is My Reflection Matters, LLC?
MRM is an online parent-teacher warehouse that curates educational resources that can serve as tools to support the healthy development of Black and Brown youth’s racial and cultural identities. With over 17 years experience working as a social justice educator and now home educator, MRM Founder Chemay, uses her experience to carefully research products she believes normalize and honor communities of color as well as promote their liberation from oppressive systems.
MRM’s mission is to provide the tools necessary to support and nurture the development of healthy racial and cultural identities of Black and Brown children and older youth. It is our hope that through the thoughtful use of the resources shared on MRM, this engagement will foster self-worth in youth, a love for humanity, and develop in them the ability to think critically about the injustices they and others experience empowering them to combat internalized and institutional racism and oppression in American society and around the world.
MRM caters to a woke audience who is searching for the tools to raise liberated Black and Brown youth in a world that has been built on oppressive, institutional practices.
What We Offer
- An online resource library where you can easily access the resources we warehouse at your convenience.
- Free newsletter & updates on the latest educational resources we’ve discovered for you that affirm Black & Brown brilliance.
- Give-aways for our subscribers.
- An online community space to share & request educational related products our audience is hungry for as well as connect with others who share similar beliefs around raising liberated Black & Brown kids.
- Partnership opportunities for resource creators to market and share their work and upcoming events.
- Information & tips on our blog related to raising socially conscious youth & opportunities to contribute to the conversation by becoming a MRM writer.
- Support for home educators in Connecticut seeking resources unique to our state that meet the needs of Black & Brown families.
Meet Founder, Chemay Morales-James
As a mother and educator, I understand parents and teachers are too busy to search for much needed resources for their Black and Brown kids. Emotionally exhausted as a result of years not seeing myself and, now, my kids represented in the everyday products young people play with and learn from, I created My Reflection Matters™ (MRM) as a way for me to share with others educational resources that not only physically reflect Black and Brown children but also mirror and affirm their rich, lived experiences that are often left out or narrowly represented/misrepresented in mainstream curricula and media. I’m excited to bring to you a continuously growing website that provides you with free access to resources I curate monthly including a newsletter that updates you on what’s new, special events, and give-aways from our socially conscious partners! Read MRM’s Story
I am Nuyorican by birth, but was raised in Connecticut by my fab. Puerto Rican padres, Che and May (Yep, that’s how I got my name.). Although I wasn’t lucky enough to be born on the island of PR, I love my isla and unapologetically embrace my African and Indigenous lineage. I’ve been married for more than ten years with my Trinidadian born hubby with whom I’ve made two brilliant and very active TriniRican babies (And, yes, you best believe I found a kid’s t-shirt with this cool name I thought I made up but apparently didn’t.).
I enjoy spending quality time with my family, especially now that I have more free time after leaving my (quite amazing) job of almost ten years at New York University as a social justice coach for educators. Other things I enjoy include decorating, traveling, collecting art, photography, yoga, reading, and hiking. But enough of that and back to some more grown up things I do. In addition to having worked at NYU, I’m also a former special education teacher. I keep my instructional skills sharp by continuing to teach at the collegiate level as well as unschooling my sons (I know. I’m complicated. What can I say?) I stay involved in my local and state community through my membership on Waterbury’s Equity Matterz work group, serving on the Commissioner’s Round Table for Family & Community Engagement, and collaborating with Uplifting A Life after school program.
And for those of you that care about silly stuff like academic credentials, I have a B.A. from Southern Connecticut State University and a Ed.M. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Oh, and I studied abroad at La Universidad de Salamanca in Spain, which was my BEST college experience ever!