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

Adriana Rojas is a bilingual (English and Spanish) consultant. Throughout her career, she has facilitated courses about the experiences of marginalized groups and developed the cultural competency of organizational stakeholders. Adriana seeks to partner with organizations and listen to their workforce’s needs, help define goals and outcomes, and devise creative solutions.  

As a consultant, Adriana asks the essential questions, “Who does not have a seat at the table that needs to be here?” and “how do we bring people to ensure diverse identities and experience feel welcome and belong?” She helps stakeholders examine these questions through her areas of expertise: cultural competence, interpersonal communication skills, allyship, women’s studies/feminism, critical race theory, conflict transformation, trauma awareness and strategies for resilience, restorative justice, and Hispanic/Latinx issues. She has worked with organizations in the public education, higher education, advertising, non-profit, government, media, healthcare, and manufacturing spaces. 

As a facilitator, Adriana uses storytelling and models 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 a brave environment where participants share their experiences and critically think about their role in supporting inclusive cultures. Ultimately, each training is unique as participants engage with IinclusionDdiversityEequity, and Aaccessibility (IDEA) frameworks through their own experiences and identities.  

Adriana holds a PhD 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. 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 is a daughter of parents who immigrated from Ecuador and Colombia. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband, daughter, and Australian Shepherd. Aside from 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