LA CULTURA CURA
Transformative Learning and Healing Through Culture.
La Cultura Cura is an intergenerational social support group that centers Latina women and Latinx femmes, 15 and older in connecting, healing, and learning together.
The goal of this group is to create a space for cultivating healing and joy through the power of cultural celebration, sisterhood, social solidarity and self actualization.
Our participants will engage in monthly activities that promote sisterhood, activism, culture, and solidarity. Through this learning and healing our participants will:
Give a voice to the cultural identity of our community.
Contribute to the integration, improvement, and wellbeing of the Latinx community in Virginia.
Find and strengthen their voices.
All while promoting respect, equality, social justice, cultural understanding, and hermandad.
La Cultura Cura is a collaborative group offering between Creciendo Juntos and The Women's Initiative.
LA CULTURA CURA GROUP
STARTS ON APRIL 14th!
On the second Wednesday of each month, a Latina/Latinx guest speaker will join us to share their stories that promote sisterhood, culture, social solidarity and self-actualization.
The following week, our group will meet to discuss and engage with what was taught the week before.
This group is intended for Latina/Latinx identifying women and femmes 15 and older
This a Spanish speaking prominent group. Interpretation for our English speaking guests will be provided.
Meeting Dates and time:
April 14th and 21st
May 12th and 19th
June 9th and 16th
July 14th and 21st
Sign up by April 9th through one of the following ways:
Filling out this simple Google Form.
Contacting Ingrid Ramos at the Women’s Initiative: 434-872-0047 Ext. 104.
Or contacting Karina Monroy at Creciendo Juntos: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet our 2021 Guest Speakers!
Alex Purple Liera
APRIL 14th- SISTERHOOD
Alex Purple Liera is an educator, activist, community organizer, and healer. She is the founder of the WOC Sister Collective. The collective offers a wide variety of WOC focused events, circles, and workshops that educate, motivate, and empower womxn in our community.
MAY 12th- SOCIAL SOLIDARITY
Yanet was born in Puebla, Mexico, and immigrated with her parents and sister to the U.S. at the age of eight. She navigated the educational system as an undocumented student for 14 years until she became a DACA recipient in 2014. Yanet is a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University studying Political Science with a concentration in public policy. She is the co-founder and director of UndocuRams, a student organization dedicated to advocating for undocumented students. Her personal story, as well as her leadership, have been featured in several media outlets including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond Magazine, WRIC, The Commonwealth Times, NBC12, WTVR and in various blogs.
MAY 12th- SOCIAL SOLIDARITY
Jase spent 13 years living in Korea, New Zealand, and Ecuador and has developed a deep understanding of the world’s diverse communities. She moved to Richmond 3 years ago and has worked in housing/homelessness and immigration policy. Jase is passionate about building awareness and recognition of systemic violence and the effect of displacement on communities and individuals. She earned her B.A. from Laidlaw College in New Zealand and her M.A. in Conflict Studies from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research, specializing in the effects of conflict on migration and displacement.
Brenda Patricia Salinas Baker
JUNE 9th- CULTURAL CELEBRATION
Brenda Salinas Baker is a trilingual writer and public producer living in Brooklyn. She started her career as an NPR Kroc Fellowship. She has reported stories for NPR, PRI, Marketplace, Latino USA and a number of podcasts. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and she is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from St. Joseph's College. She manages the Google Podcasts creator program, she is board president of the Association of Independents in Radio and a mentor for NPR's Next Gen project.
JULY 14th- SELF ACTUALIZATION
Emilia Ortega-Jara, LCSW is founder and clinical director of Corazon Counseling Service and Yollotl Cuicatl Coaching and Guidance. With over 20 years working in the mental health field, Emilia has been a longtime advocate for culturally appropriate mental health services for the Latinx/Chicanx community and has worked with various social justice organizations and community based mental health agencies. Emilia highlights the importance of culture, ceremony, and ritual throughout the work she facilitates incorporating aspects of traditional indigenous wisdom and modern psychotherapy techniques. In addition to her psychotherapy practice, Emilia provides community trainings and workshops on various topics related to mental health and facilitates rites of passage ceremonies from puberty to menopause. Emilia is also a cultural practitioner and ceremonial Aztec dancer. Emilia lives connected to the land and the elements of nature, guided by her ancestors…always.