2018 Speakers

Mercedes Avila
Session #52

Mercedes Avila was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she completed her Bachelor’s of Arts in Chicana and Chicano Studies (CCS), concentrating in Intersectional Politics and Social Movements in May 2016. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Education in Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies at the University of New Mexico, while completing a graduate assistantship with CCS. She is focusing her studies in educational thought, emphasizing Critical Race and Decolonial Theory. Mercedes has worked with various nonprofits and grassroots organizations and is devoted to affecting social change while emphasizing commitment to the arts as a mechanism in achieving it.