I am a Latina award-winning Diversity and Inclusion Content Strategist based in Vancouver, land of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people.
Over the last 15 years, I produced, wrote and directed content, leading cross-functional teams, coordinating content production while advocating for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging.
Born on the unceded territories of the Guarani people, I worked as a content creator and journalist before I got my break as a documentary director. "Família no Papel" advocated for LGBTQ+ families in Brazil, collaborating to change a law granting same-sex couples the right of adopting children. I received a humanitarian award for my work on the film.
As an award-winning director, I went on to produce films, series and content that contributed to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. I managed content that was related to Social Justice and Education, advocating for causes I believe in and writing for shows that portrayed the diversity of our world.
My experience with D&I came before I actually knew there was a name for it. As the shows I coordinated were rooted around Human Rights issues, I had to make sure our teams were aware of the topics we were dealing with. I worked closely with HR to have diversity in our crews while offering training, mentoring, and coaching.
As I believe learning is key to overcome bias, I took my Master's and Ph.D. while I was working in the creative industry, putting in place all the theoretical education I was getting. I managed to build bridges between academia and professionals on set. My research dealt with representation on-screen while considering gender issues, race, colonialism, ageism, and several diversity issues. I had the pleasure of working as a lecturer in well-known universities in Latin America and as a researcher at The University of British Columbia, under the department of Social Justice.
Through a unique career track, I always follow my one true mission: inspiring change. Whether by shining a light on people that are being left out of the equation or by reminding the world how powerful we all can be when we embrace our differences as strengths.