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Double majoring in Latin American Studies and Theater Arts and participating in extracurricular organizations help me gain the experience necessary for effective field organizing. Being part of different diversity oriented groups and the Advocates Against Sexual Violence group during my four years in college provided me with the tools, activist experience, and training adequate for this job. I have worked in different community organizations in Costa Rica, India and the U.S. In these, I have held a variety of projects such as facilitating labor rights info sessions for immigrant workers, as well as English – Spanish translation services in Costa Rica, Tucson, and Richmond (IN). I have also led theater workshops for survivors of political displacement, workshops on cultural sensitivity, and sexual educational and consent workshops for college and high school students, etc. I have also done training for counseling services and led trust building exercises for people of different ages. These trainings taught me to use different alternatives to solve group conflicts and improve group dynamics. Living in different countries has given me the opportunity to acquire a wide cultural understanding. Among the office worker services I have to offer are phone, emailing, archiving kills, and internet advance research skills. My computer skills are Excel, Word, Movie Maker, Photoshop, data entering, Poster Making, Online Social Networking skills such as the creation of events and online marketing.
My previous supervisors have described me as proactive, receptive, practical, confident, and productive. My outstanding academic progress and community involvement prove my ability to complete high-standard tasks on time.
Social Service Work
Focus: Prision Industrial Complex and legal advocacy in detention centers.
Tierra y Libertad Grassroots Organization
Responsibilities: Organized 3 immigrant rights workshops and information sessions about new
immigration reform for + 25 individuals.
Owl and Panther Project
Responsibilities: designing and coordinating physical theater activities for survivors of political violence.
Sexual Aggression Peer Advocate Program
Responsibilities: Advocating for students survivors of sexual aggression through phone counseling, one- on-one consultations and offer support through legal procedures. Lead workshops on consent, sexual
diversity and positive sexuality to high school and college students.
•Intern Supervisor - Miller Farm. Summer 2013. Earlham College.
Responsibilities: Facilitating farm planning and production. Facilitated farm workshops for the Boys and
Girls Club, and the Girls Scouts of Wayne County.
Co-convener of Spectrum- LGTBQ College
Responsibilities: Organize weekly meetings and monthly activities for the LGTBQ community and allies.
Tutoring and translating experience:
Intern - The San Francisco Mime Troupe
San Francisco. Non-profit organization that
brings free political theater performances to communities and offers free youth theater programs.
Responsibilities: Setting up for shows and marketing.
The Adrian Mejia Found
San Francisco. This organization gives economical
support to community based emerging theater assembles.
Responsibilities: setting up and striking the performances.
Office of Events
Responsibilities: house manager, publicity assistant and backstage crew.
Office Student Worker
Fine Arts department
Hispanic and Spanish Literature Department
ESL Tutor, English-Spanish Bilingual Translator
Latino Community Center
Theater for community organizing:
Academic Enrichment Center
Theater Teacher Assistant
Responsibilities: ESL Tutor and Theater of the Oppressed workshop facilitator.
Office Related positions:
Performance Art online portfolio
Maria Jose is a theater community organizer focusing on the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality and desire. She is finishing her last semester of BA in Theater and Latin American Studies at Earlham College. Her work focuses on community building, conflict resolution and solidarity. She is interested in using performance art for education purposes. She also facilites theater workshops based on ensemble building exercises to build trust among groups and communities.
Qualifications & Certifications
Majors: Latin American Studies and Theater Arts
Mahindra United World College of India
Latin American Studies, and Theater Arts
Immigration, community organizing, and economy
United World College of India
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