Meet Summer 2017's Fresh Event Facilitators
Womxn of Color, First generation immigrant, Unafraid
Facilitator Style: Inquisitive, reflective and analytical. I'm all about understanding how the systems we are part of shape and disempower us. I ask a lot of questions in order to breakdown the complexities and see how systems of oppression are interconnected. I believe in people reflecting on their experiences and participating fully. The more you articulate your life stories and values, the stronger your personal power and voice grow.
Fresh Events: Tales of a Young Worker
Fun Fact: I believe aliens exist.
Michel Baños Garcia
Womxn of Color, Intersectional Feminist, Student - Activist, Community Organizer, First-Generation Immigrant
Facilitator Style: I love engaging folks and creating comfortable environments so that conversations go where they need to. I am informal, honest, and real about life and honor folks as experts of their own experiences and struggle. I offer the information I have in easy and interactive ways.
Fun Fact: I can finish a whole bag of Hot Cheetos (with actual lime) in one sitting if I'm not careful.
Queer, Vietnamese American, Artist, Writer, Activist
Facilitator Style: I love creating conversations that dig deep at the issues. I do this by asking meaningful questions and following up with your answers. It is important to me that everyone gets a chance to speak and feel seen. I want to honor your identities and make sure that you can bring your whole selves in the space.
Fresh Events: Widening the Dialogue: Understanding the Experience of Undocumented Asian and Pacific Islander Folx
Fun Fact: I love to swim! I don’t do well with scary movies!
Devan Leigh Brunett-Rogers
Black, Queer, Artist, Genderless, Lover of Love
Facilitator Style: My Facilitation Style is very interactive and high energy. As a facilitator I am knowing that my role is not to talk at an audience, but to acknowledge the wisdom in the room and understand perspectives that are not my own. I do this by asking questions, encouraging audience participation, and reminding people that everyone in the room is a leader, a teacher, and a facilitator, in their own ways.
Fresh Events: Centering Ourselves: Womxn* In the Workplace
Fun Fact: I have raised 18+ kittens before I was 11 years old.
Wendy S. Martinez Hurtado
Visionary, Creator, Defiant, Rooted in my Mexican and Undocumented Identities
Facilitator Style: Exploratory and Participative. I love to ask questions and explore the audiences' experiences and ideas. It is important for me to honor the wisdom in the room, be and ask others to be vulnerable and brave in those spaces.
Fun Fact: Ran my first 1/2 marathon in 2:45 hours without training!
Xingona, Muxer, Rooted
Facilitator Style: Listener, Connector, Insightful. I am big on letting the audience making the space their own and guiding the dialogue. I love centering folx’s voices and amplifying their opinions and experiences. I like to make connections, to deep listen, and to create insightful and moving narratives.
Fresh Events: Undocu Youth Dialogue: Educate, Agitate, and Organize
Fun Fact: I refuse to eat cup of noodles without tapatio and limon!
Maria G. Jimenez
Cis Female, Mexican, Undocumented
Facilitator Style: Engaging, friendly, and chill. I enjoy community centered settings, and as a facilitator I value creating a sense of community within the space. I love interacting with the audience and actually prefer questions during the facilitation rather than leaving them at the end, because I truly believe that conversations are more valuable for the growth of the audience and for me as the facilitator.
Fresh Events: Raise Your Voice, Protect Yourself: Labor Rights for Undocumented Workers
Fun Fact: I was born in Mexico City. My 6th birthday was the first birthday I celebrated in the U.S.
Feminist, Organizer, Thai American, Explorer, Crafter, Human
Facilitator Style: I'm engaging, interactive, and relational. I put in lots of time and intention during the planning process, and I'm impulsive while executing. I go with the flow, engage sincerely, while determined to hit all the bullet points.
Fun Fact: I started public speaking after college, and had only discovered my knack for it a few years ago.
Executive Director, 21 Progress
Facilitator Style: Impulsive, creative, funny, experiential. Check out this TEDx talk: Building trust is the secret to lasting change: http://bit.ly/TrustTEDx
Fresh Events: Storytelling: Self, Us, and Now
Fun Fact: I'm a soccer dad from the East Coast.