“AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez is a funny, personable, and intelligent communicator who brings a unique voice to conversations around justice and inclusion that is at once well-informed and approachable. Her presence is both commanding and disarming, and she has influenced my own thinking (and action!) in more ways than I can count. I recommend her as a speaker, advisor, panelist, or contributor for your next event.”

 Rachel Held Evans, author & speaker

“AnaYelsi is an experienced facilitator who took us on a supportive journey of self-awareness. She kept us engaged through a variety of activities like a historical timeline that helped us see our own experiences in the context of the larger community. I would highly recommend her as a trainer and speaker for an educational institution.”

Rashmi Bali Chilka, PhD, Northern Virginia Community College

“I’ve interviewed AnaYelsi for a podcast and a feature story, and both times she offered insightful stories and analyses that got straight to the heart of my questions. I’ve also attended her seminars and speeches and so appreciate her style. She’s a personable and deeply knowledgeable teacher who can, in a single talk, open up a new world to you. If you ask AnaYelsi to speak at your event, she will teach you about the interlocking nature of race, sexuality, gender identity, privilege, migration and class in a way that is both accessible and inspiring. I’m so grateful for her voice.”

 Deborah Jian Lee, journalist, author, podcast host 

“AnaYelsi’s approach to discussing race, gender, LGBTQ liberation, theology, and how it all intersects is masterful. I didn’t feel foolish or like I didn’t have a place to ask questions. I felt like I was getting a comprehensive education on the interlocking nature of justice work, with practical applications to take back to my community and apply to my daily life. She is patient, strong, and an incredibly gifted communicator with a hunger to see the Church be a more welcoming and safe place for all people.” 

Kevin Garcia,Writer. Speaker. Creative. #faithfullyLGBT Advocate

“Friend. Ally. Accomplice. These are all words I don’t use lightly and are all words that I am compelled to use when speaking of AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez. While we met as colleagues, her fervent dedication to justice made me want to be her friend. Her active, intentional, and consensual advocacy for me as a queer, Black woman let me know that she was someone I could trust to name as my ally and accomplice. Anyone who has the privilege of working with her knows that AnaYelsi’s beautiful heart consistently meets her drive and brilliance creating meaningful, powerful work that the world so desperately needs.”

Alicia Crosby, Executive Director and Co-Founder, The Center for Inclusivity

“I attended a Racial Justice Academy training day facilitated by AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez. The training was well thought out and very well delivered. AnaYelsi’s openness in sharing her own story and journey inspired participants to open up in group activities. The training began by providing a clear Biblical case for why racial justice work is an essential part of the gospel. AnaYelsi handled the difficult questions that inevitably come up when working through issues of race and privilege, with grace and wisdom, ensuring that it was a safe environment for all participants. AnaYelsi is an excellent trainer and facilitator, and I have personally benefitted greatly by learning from her.”

Hannah Johnston, Community Coordinator, St. Lydia’s Dinner Church, Brooklyn

“AnaYelsi’s leadership of our group was informative and inspiring. Our students gained both skills and fuel for the long journey towards justice. If you are looking for a facilitator or speaker who is gifted at communicating and “practices what she preaches”, I 100% recommend AnaYelsi!”

Rich Havard, Campus Pastor at The Inclusive Collective

“AnaYelsi provided on point data, practical steps to be taken in our lives, and breakout sessions and dialogue that were emotionally heavy, cleansing, and convicting. Tears and laughter worked in tandem and I know we all came away better people because of it. I’ms o thankful for the work she does. It’s authentic and life-giving, affecting real change in the space of intersectionality, awareness, and justice/renewal.”

anonymous racial justice workshop attendee


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