November 8, 2021
Tell us about your background. How did your passion for diversity and inclusion begin?
I am a Colombian transracial adoptee who identifies as Afro-Latina, and I was adopted by white parents who spent time in Colombia as missionaries. I grew up in Redmond, Washington, in a white middle-class neighborhood, attended a private Christian school, and lived with 5 siblings, 4 of whom were also adopted. As an adoptee living with other adoptees, there was extensive trauma in our backgrounds…so I created an imaginary world where I and my real dog, Pepper, were always safe. She was the best part of my childhood.