& seeker of joy and liberation.
Who am I?
That artsy odd ball tia/auntie/sister who gets way too excited about super nerdy stuff.
I usually have a random fact for every situation and usually know someone who knows something about something.
I am a queer, Latinx femme of African, Central American Indigenous and European ancestry, born in Costa Rica and raised in Canada. Currently, I am settler on the stolen lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people, in what is colonially known as Vancouver, BC.
MY LIBERATION JOURNEY IS FRAMED BY
EDUCATION I am always in progress, learning and unlearning.
CREATIVITY My arts practice helps inform how I think of the future I am creating.
COMMUNITY I am connected to and responsible to others across space and time, and the environment that gives us life.
A bit about my story . . .
Since my teens I have been asking myself, what is my legacy?
As the eldest daughter of a big Latinx immigrant family I felt an overwhelming sense of responsibility. I was keenly aware of the privileges I had living in North America in comparison to family members still living in Central America. I felt like I shouldn't enjoy life and dedicated a lot of my time to my responsibilities and working at jobs where I could create change.
I ended up working in underfunded non-profits for many years, volunteered till I burnt out and took ownership of cultural traditions that didn't allow me to grow into myself.
I WAS CREATING CHANGE, BUT FEELING STUCK AND BURNT OUT
I started to see how I was on a hamster wheel. This work was not mentally, emotionally, financially or even physically sustainable. Plus I was so focused on creating change that I wasn't allowing myself to feel joy and be my most authentic self.
THAT IS, UNTIL I WOKE UP
I realized I was trying to change a system that didn't want to be changed and was actually designed to oppress me and others like me. I realized I had to target the system instead, and that rest was part of my resistance to it.
As a woman of color I have always had insight into my own oppression, but it took me a while to figure out this wasn't the case for everyone, and that these systems were designed to benefit others. What gives me joy is teaching others about these systems, and getting creative about how to resist them and create a better future for ourselves.
One that honours me, my community and the environment around me.
Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies
Master of Education in Arts for Social Change
Certificate in Community Capacity Building
Culturally sensitive frontline mental health care
Community builder in arts and culture
Decolonization centered education