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Beatriz Garcia

Western Slope Regional Organizer , Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition

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Location: Durango, CO
Start Year: 2024
TRHT Pillar: Separation


Beatriz Garcia (she/ella) was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. Her hometown is deeply rooted in history and culture, and for these reasons, she proudly carries her roots and honors them with a resilient spirit. She is a passionate person who cares deeply about social justice, equity, and sense of belonging as a community.

Today, Beatriz lives in Durango, Colo., and works for Good Food Collective with the La Plata Food Equity Coalition. She serves as a community empowerment coordinator and facilitates the Community Voices workgroup, which is a group of Latinx that creates empowerment through mutual support. She is also a part of the Culture and Equity Design Team for the local school district, where she partners with the Durango 9-R Board of Education. Beatriz serves on boards including The Hive, First Southwest Community Fund, and ACLU Colorado. In 2020, she was nominated for the Kathy Underhill Scholarship Award for contributing to food and health equity through advocacy, policy, and community engagement. In 2021, the City of Durango Community Relations Commission recognized her work in their annual report as a person who models action in community care.

Through her journeys and community involvement, she has been exposed to social problems including homelessness, hunger, inadequate access to housing, and food insecurity. Moving forward, she aims to continue contributing to a better world by empowering families with the skills they need to thrive. In particular, she is passionate about designing models of empowerment that allow individuals to pursue their dreams and goals autonomously.

Future Focus

Beatriz is currently engaged in focusing on the empowerment of the Voces de la Comunidad workgroup with La Plata Food Equity Coalition through mentoring, training, and collaborative efforts. The program aims to enhance leadership skills, promote community engagement, and drive systemic change within decision-making spaces. Through informal mentorship, coaching, and participatory leadership models, members of the workgroup develop competencies to undertake community projects effectively. By building networks, as well as identifying power dynamics and decision-making spaces, the group strengthens its influence and presence in various settings. The project also emphasizes creating a welcoming environment for multicultural and multiracial Latine leaders, fostering relationships and providing the necessary support and resources for collective mobilization and impactful community-driven initiatives.

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