Born in Venezuela, AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez (she/her/hers) is an IndoLatinx mujerista working to create and agitate her way through the Latin diaspora. With over a decade of non-profit and community organizing experience, she now works independently—offering education, coaching, consulting, writing, and art––all intended to assist people in building an interlocking framework for justice.
AnaYelsi is not a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Educator. While she values the content incorporated into DEI trainings, she is an Interlocking Anti-racism, Anti-Oppression, and Decolonization Educator and is focused on partnering with those interested on taking not just the first but the next (and the next and the next…) step in their work.
With AnaYelsi, conversations about implicit bias and microaggressions may be a starting place but they are never the focal or end point. She contracts with colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, faith communities, businesses, and individuals that seek to build an accessible and sustainable movement for liberation that accounts for the need for both personal transformation and structural change.
This is the kind of change that means more than checking a box or meeting a legal requirement. It’s a cultural and systemic shift that means time, discomfort, sacrifice, and commitment and she’s ready to walk you through it.
AnaYelsi is working towards a vision of pursuing movement and justice work in an interlocking way that honors Creator and creation.
Her work (in all its forms) seeks to do the following:
- Kick up the dust around conversations of justice, equity, faith and spirituality- broadening these conversations beyond what has traditionally been provided by White/straight/male/academic gatekeepers
- Activate and cultivate a desire in others to examine their spiritual and social practice and its relationship to colonization, white supremacy, cisheteropatriarchy, and nationalism
- Create art, written word, space, resources, and relational opportunities for moving towards shared liberation and healing
Committed to this vision, she is working independently – moving outside of traditional models of justice work that hinge one’s ability to pursue justice on their relationship with systems and organizational hierarchies. She is trusting in the community of justice-seekers to partner with her in this endeavor – freeing her to go when called and to act and speak with the integrity necessary to fulfill this vision- including her commitment to make her work economically just and financially accessible. Because of people like you, she is able to regularly offer pro bono/low-cost services to those that can not afford her rates. For example, free long-term consulting to the executive directors of Brave Commons (an LGBTQ justice non-profit organization).
In 2019, Sojourners Magazine recognized AnaYelsi as one of “11 Women Shaping the Church”
AnaYelsi loves disappearing for hours in an art museum, feeding people a homemade flan of which she is unabashedly proud, reading everything she can get her hands on, and watching an absurd number of problematic made-for-tv holiday romcoms.
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