Gabriel Piser

Dr. Gabriel Piser
Program Specialist, School & Youth

For more than a decade, Dr. Gabriel Piser has worked with students, activists, and community members to help their education and advocacy projects to be more effective and inclusive. Before moving to Cleveland, he received a doctorate in Comparative Studies from the Ohio State University, a Master’s degree in Philosophy from Binghamton University, and a BA in Sociology-Anthropology from Earlham College. His scholarship examined regional development outcomes and how power and expertise operate in social movements for racial and economic justice. He has many years of experience helping marginalized communities use popular education and participatory action research to address their self-assessed needs using their unique knowledge and perspectives.


Alongside his work as a scholar, he is an experiential educator and consultant with a background in sustainability and organizational development, diversity and inclusion, and leadership coaching. He has provided trainings, workshops, and consultation for numerous organizations and at conferences and colleges across the country. Prior to arriving at the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, he worked with the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, the Prison Ecology Project, and numerous other environmental and social justice campaigns. He is honored to have the opportunity to serve as a Program Specialist for the Diversity Center’s School and Youth program. He is excited to collaborate with others who seek to understand the complex past and engage the demanding present in pursuit of a sustainable and just future.