Yajaira De La Espada

yajairawrites@gmail.com 

SELECTED LECTURES, PRESENTATIONS, WORKSHOPS

2019 . The importance of African centered curriculum in K-12 education. Guest Lecture at AA Studies department at UTSA. 

2018 . Celebrating the Wins: Radical Culture Shifts in Queer Acceptance. Mijente’s Lanzate convening. San Antonio, TX.

2018 . Bethune’s Brilliance: Activating AfroFuturist Academies. Here Comes the Boom conference. Miami, FL.

2018 . Enkoni Community Invention weekly workshop. Miami FL.

2017 . Diversity in Children’s Literature. Black Speculative Arts Movement conference. Los Angeles, CA

            

TEACHING

18-19 . Dyslexia Educator. 

2017 . O’Miami. Program Coordinator & Lead Teacher

2017  South Florida CARES Mentoring Movement. Wellness Facilitator. 

15-16  Maxdale Elementary School . Special Education Teacher

2015  McNair Middle School. English and Language Arts Teacher

14-15  Brentwood Middle School. Special Education Teacher

13-14  IDEA Carver Academy. Kindergarten Teacher

12-13  Pickett Academy. Mental Health Advocate & Teachers Assistant

EDUCATION

2016- 2018 University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. Master of Science in Education- Community & Social Change.        

2007-2011  University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

SELECTED AWARDS, GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS

2019 . Fullbright Scholar. University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. 

2017 . Peace Corps Fellow. Morocco                                                                                                      

16-17 . The Community and Social Change Program Scholarship, University of Miami   

SELECTED COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

2017 .Soho House Miami & Negra Sappha, Miami, Florida      

17-18  Poetry for the People, Miami, Florida                  

LANGUAGES

English- Fluent 

Spanish- Fluent 

Swahili- Beginner 

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