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Meet our Artist-Practitioners
Meet our Artist-Practitioners
At the beginning of 2016, Dumi RIGHT was selected to complete a residency in Thailand teaching emceeing to youth in underserved communities as part of the Next Level cultural exchange initiative. Next Level is a program administered by the U.S Department of State and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also tied with Professor Lyrical in the heavily documented Pitch & Flow socially responsible and entrepreneurial based rap battle in Washington DC. The battle featured 8 dope artists paired with green entrepreneurs rhyming about the innovations of the company in a head to head styled friendly competition The two long time friends went head-to-head in a tie-breaker where Lyrical just managed to edge him out in a crowd scored extra round.
Over the course of Dumi's career he has performed both internationally (Japan, France, Zimbabwe, Thailand) and domestically, including at high profile venues including the Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, 930 Club, Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Smithsonian Institution.
Dr. Nooshin Valizadeh
Dr. Nooshin Valizadeh is a two time Rossier Student Organization Faculty of the Year Award winning lecturer at the University of Southern California (USC). She teaches in both the Doctor of Education and Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration programs for the USC Rossier School of Education.
Dr. "Noosh" is also an accomplished singer, and performs spoken word poetry as well. Her vocals have appeared on Professor Lyrical's award winning album, iNFiNiTi, including the nationally charted "Come With Me," on which she sang the chorus and added numerous background vocals to the single.
Dr. Valizadeh’s areas of research and expertise include academic self-efficacy, science identity, student-faculty interaction, issues of gender and racial equity in higher education, and college student experiences with regard to underrepresented students in STEM majors and careers. She has presented at numerous conferences and workshops, including most recently at the 2018 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting in NYC.
Before transitioning into a career in Higher Education Administration, Dr. Valizadeh worked as a Tax Senior Consultant in Financial Services for Deloitte Tax LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2007, she participated in a two-month rotation in Hyderabad, India, where she trained over 40 new staff members and helped establish a foundation and international presence for the Boston and New York offices to build upon.
Dr. Valizadeh has a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in Higher Education. She received both a Masters in Business and Administration with a Concentration in Finance and Management, and a B.A. in Communications and Cultures from Clark University in Worcester, MA. She is fluent in Persian (Farsi), and Spanish.
Khaiim the Rapoet
is an international touring Hip-Hop artist and seasoned motivational public speaker. Khaiim has received critical acclaim for his music and has performed with some of the most respected voices in Hip-Hop, from Talib Kweli to Joyner Lucas. He’s also recorded in Jay-Z’s studio with J Cole's multi-platinum recording engineer Mez.
Khaiim has received numerous awards for reaching college and high school students with positive messages. His work with youth has garnered attention at the highest levels be receiving President Obama's "Champions of Change" distinction. Although Khaiim lectures at Trinity, Yale, and other distinguished colleges, fans prefer to catch him diving off stages, performing around the world with everyone from Pulitzer Prize poets like Alice Walker to Grammy winning MCs like Common.
Hip-Hop heads know him as the charismatic lyricist "Self Suffice," whose album with Dreamville's Mez summited the Indie Hip-Hop Top 40. His positive use of rap music has been lauded by the NY Times, NPR, and many others. Catch him with his live band at a college near you, performing the new album "Self Control".
Listen to Poeteacher by Professor Lyrical, recorded and engineered by Robie Rowland at Echo.