SPEAKERS

Jessica Estévez

Activist, Ella/her, jessica@estrategiagroup.com

Since graduating college at the age of 19, Estévez has invested her passions, skills and resources to create socially equitable spaces where communities can thrive. As a trainer, diversity consultant, educator, international speaker and social justice advocate Estévez has facilitated learning, program design, strategic management and team building for thousands of non-profit, K-12, higher education and corporate audiences. Her vision and mission are founded in her "love without fear" paradigm. She is president and co-founder of Estrategia Group where they build capacity for equity and leadership through ideas, strategies and solutions.

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Juanita Velazquez

Activist, she/hers/ella, prevention@fowinc.com

Juanita Velazquez is a youth educator at Friendship of Women, a local center for the prevention and intervention of domestic and sexual violence in South Texas. In her time at Friendship of Women, she has delivered violence prevention curriculums with youth and adult influencers and facilitated conversations on the topics of sexual violence, including but not limited to unhealthy gender norms, rape culture, power & oppression, boundaries, and consent. She grounds her work by using and anti-oppression and intersectional lens to advocate and educate the community on the need for a culturally centered response to sexual violence among youth survivors, access to services, and prevention strategies. In her spare time, she is involved with groups that advocate for the advancement of LGBTQ+ and reproductive rights and work to end gender-based violence in her community.

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Activists, they/them, thegrandenarrative@gmail.com

The Grande Narrative is a student led movement fighting for racial justice through BIPOC history education. Founded in July 2020, we work with students, teachers, communities, and school districts to bring anti racism education into K-12 classrooms.

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Amanda Elise Salas

Activist, she/her/hers, theamandaelise@gmail.com

Amanda Elise Salas began her community involvement in 2017 fighting discrimination bills in Austin, Texas. She has worked for organizations such as: Battleground Texas & Justice Democrats. She is a principal character featured in the HBO documentary Running With Beto & her story is also told in the french book Génération Ocasio-Cortez: Les nouveaux activistes américains by Mathiew Magnaudeix.

In 2020 she was the Regional Organizing Director for Mike Bloomberg for President for the entire South Texas Region. She then went onto become the Communication Director for both Promote Care & Prevent Harm (a prevention science organization responding to COVID-19). She was then called back to Texas to work for President Biden’s Campaign as the Regional Organizing Director for the entire border region of Texas.Amanda continues to work alongside local & state candidates & political action committees to help turn out the vote in her region.