I was born in Woodhall hospital in Brooklyn, NY to a single teenage mother and spent the first year of my life living in various shelters. Through probreza, toxic relationships, and many miles of walking, my mom obtained righteous wisdom that she periodically passes on to me. My mom now has her own car, is a self-employed entrepreneur, and does her best to live the life she couldn't before.
This about me section provides auxiliary context of my mom's life because those experiences inform the reasoning of where and who I am. The trauma that my mother went through inspires the legacy she worked so hard to create. I am an embodiment of those experiences. As a first-generation college student and first member of the family to make it to graduate school, my mom's relentless spirit is rewarded because it is not forgotten.
I am now a graduate student in the Community and Regional Planning program at the University of New Mexico. As I am completing my degree, I am grateful to have returned to New York to engage in community organizing and reconnect with my own identity as a Dominicano Borinqueño.
We must view the world through an intersectional lens that simultaneously recognizes individual privileges and prioritizes the experiences of those who suffer traumatic levels of oppression. Undocumented folk, the LGBTQIA+ community, especially our trans hermanxs and Black family, are to be cherished and protected. As I partake in community organizing and professional/academic work, this is how I see the world and navigate through my own praxis.