CocoEva Soleil LuzGuerrero Alcazar is a passionate educator, activist and artist from La Paz, Bolivia. She currently studies Political Science with a background in Community Advocacy and Social Policy at Arizona State University with a dream of combatting human trafficking, sex trafficking, and crimes against children and bringing justice and healing to victims and survivors upon completion of her degree. She is an extremely motivated advocate, committed to healing, justice, integrity and equity. Simultaneously, she is pursuing her project I am AveMagnolia (www.avemagnolia.com), a mix of her artistic work as well as an analytical framework examination of the impacts of trauma on our personal and collective lives. She also has studied pedagogy, healing arts, philosophy, music and visual arts, and movement centered polarity therapy at the New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, Berklee College of Music and Evergreen State College. Her work engaging the community as an educator and artist, as well as in her one on one work with individuals is strongly based in the pedagogy of Paulo Freire's Popular Education. The approach she brings is a merging of Popular Education, creative expression in all forms, advocacy for intersectionality (Crenshaw) in social justice, and somatic awareness –as tools for self-actualization and transformation, both in a collective as well as individual level. She has worked with targeted communities of all ages in Latin America and the United States, both through institutions and nonprofits, as well as through organizing and community work. Her art, music and writing have been exhibited and publicized in galleries in the United States and South America. Her passion for social justice comes from understanding that experiences that shape our humanity as well as our disconnection from it, result from the macrocosmos of systemic oppression translated into the microcosmos of interpersonal/personal oppression. She loves dance and movement as inherent parts of reclaiming our right to exists with freedom and consciousness in our own bodies (an usurped right that white supremacy, patriarchy and capitalism/consumerism systemically impose through systemic oppression) and has recently had the honor of joining Moving People Dance Company based on Columbia, SC. She has worked in the non-profit sector for 12 years across sector, including partnerships with the private sector and governmental institutions, successfully developing and implementing programs for advocacy using her skills as an educator, community organizer for resiliency and policy campaigns.
"A reign of undisturbed peace is unthinkable in history. History is becoming; it is a human event. But rather than feeling disappointed and frightened by critical discovery of the tension in which my humanity places me, I discover in that tension the joy of being"
- Paulo Freire -