Our staff is comprised of Latinx women who are Assistant Professors, Primary and Secondary Teachers, business professionals, graduate students and undergraduates.
We are also writers, poets, singers, dancers and artists. We bring our wisdom, love for writing and our individual talents together to facilitate a unique experience for our #ChicasFuertes.
Program Director / Writing Mentor
Full Name: Dr. Tracey T. Flores
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Current Position: Assistant Professor at UT Austin
Number of Years with our program: Staffed in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Hobbies: Running, Writing, Reading Children’s Literature & Young Adult Literature, Taking Pictures of Cactus, Drinking Coffee
Why I Write: I write for my mother, my Nana Josie, for my daughter, Milagros and for my students. I write to unearth our histories, illuminate our stories and break silences. I write to heal and to dream of a new world alongside our chicas.
Full Name: Yaikira Vazquez Rivera
Hometown: San German, Puerto Rico
Current Position: Private Tutor
Number of Years with our program: Staffed in 2020, Program Support 2021
Hobbies: Dancing, Exploring crafts, Organizing Events
Why I Write: I write to share the story of my ancestors and to give a platform to Latina’s who have been historically repressed.
Full Name: Maria D. Sanchez
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Current Position: Student Teacher – 1st grade Dual Language
Number of Years with our program: Staffed Workshops in 2020 & Book Club 2021
Hobbies: Journaling, dancing, listening to audiobooks, spending time with my family, binge-watching shows
Why I Write: I write to express and understand my emotions. Writing helps me heal. I write to share my culture and the stories of my ancestors who haven’t been told. I write for me, for my family, and for my students.
Full Name: Ashleigh Navarro
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Current Position: 4th Grade Student Teacher in Austin
Hobbies: Spending time with friends and family, baking, cooking, traveling, watching football
Why I Write: I write to put my thoughts on paper. I write to explore my feelings and to make sense of them. I write to inspire those around me to see how powerful writing can be. I write to recall memories that may have been forgotten.
Full Name: Stephanie M. Flores
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Number of Years with our program: Staffed in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Current Position: Community Wellness Entrepreneur / Studying Marketing & Small Business Management
Hobbies: Listening to music, watching old and new movies, reading, crafting, blogging, playing video games and practicing yoga.
Why I Write: I write to empower others to honor their voice and be true to themselves.