Dr. Adriana Rojas

Consultant

“La posesión más valiosa que puedes tener es un corazón abierto. El arma más poderosa que puedes ser, es ser un instrumento de paz.” 

“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.”  

Carlos Santana

Dr. Adriana Rojas is a bilingual (English and Spanish) consultant, researcher, and facilitator with 16 years of experience in higher education, public schools, and consulting with organizations. Throughout her career, she has taught courses about the experiences of marginalized groups, led courageous conversations, and developed the cultural competency of stakeholders.  

As a daughter of immigrants from Ecuador and Colombia, Adriana knows the importance of being included and feeling like one belongs to a community. When we know ourselves, our history, and how we interact with others, we can be more open-minded and celebrate our differences. Adriana models inclusivity and vulnerability to help participants engage in self-reflection and discussion. She imparts to participants that our lives are enriched when all people have a seat at the table, feel comfortable to share their voice, feel understood and heard, and are valued for their contributions. She believes the key to successful facilitation is a co-learning and co-teaching approach in an open environment where participants share their experiences and critically think about their role in supporting inclusive cultures.  

Adriana partners with organizations to create inclusive cultures. She helps leaders examine diversity and inclusion through her areas of expertise: intercultural and interpersonal communication skills, critical race theory, allyship, women’s studies, conflict transformation, trauma awareness and strategies for resilience, dignity models, restorative justice, and Hispanic/Latine issues. In addition to using frameworks to inform her client work, Adriana also conducts data analysis, strategy labs, charrettes, focus groups, and listening processes. Providing guidance and advisory to organizational leaders as well as supporting the implementation of organizational initiatives is key to her philosophy of work and commitment to transforming workplace cultures. 

Adriana holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in Hispanic Studies from The University of Virginia and a bachelor’s degree in Latin American Studies and Literature from American University. She was a tenured professor at Eastern Mennonite University. Her academic publications on the topic of trauma, resilience, and globalization speak to her commitment to social justice and interculturalism. She serves on the Education Commission for the city of Frederick. 

Adriana currently lives in Maryland with her husband, daughter, Australian Shepherd, and grey calico. Aside from Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) work, Adriana is passionate about writing fiction, running 10ks, and practicing vinyasa yoga. 

“La posesión más valiosa que puedes tener es un corazón abierto. El arma más poderosa que puedes ser, es ser un instrumento de paz.” 

“The most valuable possession you can own is an open heart. The most powerful weapon you can be is an instrument of peace.”  

Carlos Santana