with Estephanie Martinez-Alfonzo
If you’re looking at this page, there’s a chance you’re going through some challenges. You are doing SO MUCH WORK. I see you and I'm sorry you’re going through this. I’ve been there too and wow, it can sometimes feel lonely- but you are not alone! I’m here to help.
My studies and professional work around racial injustices in conjunction with my lived experience have helped me to grasp the language, nuances, and subtleties of these situations. The intersectionalities and dynamisms at play can be complex!
I offer one time support & contractual support over time.
This can look like:
Emotional support and/or support speaking to the nuance of systemic themes of violence and how they show up in our daily life and actions.
Being present for your recurring meetings or simply supporting your communications to make sure you’re being heard and you’re on the same page.
Liaising with or between involved parties.
Bringing my perspective into your conversations.
The history of the harm caused by our social, geo-political, and economic systems play an active role in the foundations of the subtle and overt violence on Black, Indigenous, Queer, 2Spirit, and Trans people of color. Given my identities, my appearance, and lived experience of having grown up within some of the most disenfranchised and marginalized communities; I understand how valuable it is to have the support of our fellow comrades with similar intersecting identities of oppression and repression.
Historically marginalized people face all kinds of challenges, both obvious and very well camouflaged. These challenges take many forms, and express differently in every situation, but there are clear themes and patterns. I have lived through these challenges my entire life, and I have been on both sides of power differentials within organizations facing these situations. I’ve experienced being the only person of color in a well-intentioned organization, and I know what it feels like to be hiring and managing racially mixed groups of people.
My support would be valuable in various situations. Maybe you find yourself participating in a conflict resolution process and are noticing an imbalance of power & bias that is preventing you from being seen or heard in your concerns. Maybe communications between you and your more privileged co-workers have been rocky, but it seems you all are committed to being in relationship.
Your situation doesn’t need to neatly fit in any of these boxes so please, reach out; tell me about your situation and we can find ways to work through whatever is up. I can’t promise I can meet all your needs, but at the very least, I can share networks and resources to help.