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Culture Heals, Cultura Cura 

If we want unity, we must create 
opportunities for culture to be celebrated.

A little bit of Dairy, a Midwest heart, and a lot of Salsa.

I am a first-generation Latina, born and raised in Wisconsin. Who knew there were any Mexicans in Wisconsin? But actually, we are the third-largest population in the state. As the Latino population grew in Wisconsin, so did the occurrences of the festivals, businesses, art, and nuances that make up our culture. And that is when my work began.

 

Growing up in the Midwest, I was keenly aware that my name and family were different. This experience, and with others, provided me with the unique advantage of observing how groups of people interacted in similar yet segregated spaces. I am a natural, cultural connector, storyteller, event planner, and creative.

Using my experience and connections, I have helped create many outreach initiatives, raised thousands of dollars for non-profit efforts, delivered quality workshops, and provided professional mentorship to Women of Color. I'm also the founder of this amazing nonprofit organization Midwest Mujeres, where we are working with all women and femmes to close the wage gap through education and empowerment.

I am fiercely committed to creating spaces for storytelling; I believe that through storytelling social change is possible. I speak on how to do this and avoid the common pitfalls of tokenism, creating silos, and performative diversity. 

I'm a published author and award winner of best animated short for my poetry. I love sharing about our cultura. My story was highlighted in the Vol. 1 Hispanic Star Rising anthology.  

Hope is the Thing
Hope is the Thing

Here I am with our Wisconsin Pandemic stories anthology book that I was a part of. Hope is the Thing...

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Hispanic Stars Rising
Hispanic Stars Rising

Book cover of Hispanic Stars Rising national anthology

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I didn't know there were Latinos in Wisconsin
I didn't know there were Latinos in Wisconsin

Love the title of this old Latino series of anthologies that were published in the early 2000's. I was able to share my poetry in this volume.

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Hope is the Thing
Hope is the Thing

Here I am with our Wisconsin Pandemic stories anthology book that I was a part of. Hope is the Thing...

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I help create authentic connections that have a positive impact.

 Curating ideas from the social justice movement.

 Cultivating actions from donors and their audiences.

 Connecting hearts from grassroots movements to corporations.