How do you use writing or art in your life?
I love this question because for me writing is art and art is life. As a young girl I was shy and because of this observed the world around me with much curiosity. This led to my love of reading and writing. I had diaries that I would write in almost every day sharing my thoughts, feelings and random stories about my day.
Now I see the power of writing down your hopes, dreams and desires in order to attain and manifest. As an scholar-practitioner, I use these tools to assist students and loved ones to find their purpose within, through expression of writing or art.
What lessons/teachings from your family, home and/or community do you draw on in your teaching and/or scholarship
I’ve been told that my style of leadership/teaching is familial, which quite honestly is contrary to what you see and learn about leadership and teaching. To be collectivistic-inspired in an individualistic society is about looking at each individual we encounter as part of our journey/destiny whether small or large. All meaningful if you begin to cultivate that mindset about life.
What would you tell your younger self??
Dear Brown Girl, know yourself, love yourself and you can create beautiful moments and things in la vida. I just had a baby girl 6 weeks ago, and I’m learning so much from her and the importance of messaging. I’ve included a photo of myself as a younger girl because I’ve been sharing with my students the importance of remembering what your six year old self was hoping and dreaming about, get back to that! Because as young children, we were eye-opened to the beauty of the world. I only hope to model that with my daughter Esperanza now.
Advice for new scholars and/or teachers
I have been blessed to teach Ethnic & Women’s Studies classes and each time I become the student. Being able to be in community with students, to know them deeply and to care is essential to the learning. Don’t see numbers and grades, but hearts and minds at that moment sharing time to learn together. Be open and able to learn from the students and their experiences.
Something else you want to share?
Resist & Love Thyself.
It is radical to bring our true selves into spaces, resist.
Bring your cultura, bring your critical thinking, bring your language.
Do not conform to the patriarchy, cultivate the matriarchy of love and self-connection.
@LorenaRising and @Doctorahood_