Adriana Rojas is a bilingual (English and Spanish) consultant with 15 years of experience in academe, public schools, and consulting with clients and stakeholders. Her background includes researching, analyzing, speaking, and writing about social justice issues affecting Hispanic/Latinx, African Americans, and women. She has also led academic teams and programming, fostering program development and implementing the organization’s vision and mission statements. Her professional goal is to create policies, programs, and work cultures that support gender, social, and racial equity. Additionally, as a promotor of social justice, she has organized and facilitated workshops and discussions that raise awareness, build relationships, enhance cultural competence, and empower underrepresented groups.
Adriana founded her own consultancy to design workshops on the topics of trauma, resilience, equity, and dignity for non-profits, government agencies, and colleges. As a prior tenured faculty member of the Language and Literature Department at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) she taught Spanish language, literature, cultural competence, and cultural studies. She also served as a mentor at the Mentoring Institute, was an administrator and instructor for the University of Virginia (UVa) Program in Peru and taught Hispanic culture for UVa’s Summer Language Institute. Her research and training also include both theory and praxis in circle processes, creation of open spaces, critical race theory, advocacy, trauma awareness, dignity, non-violent communication, diversity and inclusion, racial equity, strategies for resilience, and restorative justice.
Adriana holds a PhD and an MA in Hispanic Studies from the UVa and a BA in Latin American Studies and Literature from American University. Adriana has published on the topic of postmemory and resilience in the film The Milk of Sorrow in Studies of Spanish and Latin American Cinemas. Her research and writing demonstrate a commitment to social justice and interculturalism.
Adriana also enjoys hiking with her husband and daughter, walking her Australian Shepherd, running 10Ks, and vinyasa yoga.