Workshop Staff

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.


Writing Mentors


Program Director / Writing Mentor

Full Name: Dr. Tracey T. Flores 

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella 

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. 


Writing Mentor

Full Name: Yaikira Vazquez Rivera

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella 

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.


Writing Mentor

Full Name: Maria D. Sanchez

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella 

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.


Writing Mentor

Full Name: Ashleigh Navarro 

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella 

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. 

Program Support


Multimedia Designer

Full Name: Stephanie M. Flores

Pronouns: She/Her/Ella 

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.