Forero-Pena, Alcira:

I am a cultural anthropologist with roots in Latin America and who went to CUNY Graduate School.  My main interests are in ethnicity, gender, arts and education. I am really concerned about the yawning social and economic divides in my neighborhood (Zip code 10032) and I hope that many people, mostly young “minority” people are given opportunities that they deserve. 

I loved the workshop we had at St John the Divine a few weeks back. The coordinator was an excellent facilitator using some of Augusto Boal’s “teatro del oprimido” techniques. Why? The 18 participants were able to open up, to look at each other as humans with warmth, acknowledgement, and empathy afterwards. We even co=created a couple of suggested projects. I look forward to participating in our next workshop.