Lateef McLeod, MFA earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley, an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, and is currently in his sixth year of study at the Anthropology and Social Change Doctoral program at California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. His dissertation will explore how young people who use AAC gain leadership and advocacy skills through peer mentoring. Lateef was a consumer consultant for Dynavox from 2007 to 2011. He was also the vice president for people who use AAC on the ISAAC executive board from 2016 to 2020. He published his first poetry book entitled A Declaration of A Body Of Love in 2010 and published his second poetry book entitled Whispers of Krip Love, Shouts of Krip Revolution in 2020. He recently co-authored another book of poetry called Studies in Brotherly Love in 2021.