Graduate Student in Geography with D.E in Feminist Theory and Research
Alberto Antonio Valdivia has a mixed heritage ancestry. His father comes from a small village in Zacatecas, Mexico while his mother is from the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Alberto's research centers around decolonial wellness: indigenous healing of body, mind, spirit, earth. Alberto lives, speaks, listens, and thinks from the corazón, the heart. This method has provided tools for teaching con ganas, with enthusiasm. As a queer person of color, with an invisible disability, and having experienced firsthand the oppression, marginalization, and hegemonic practices within the higher education environment, Alberto is sensitive to issues surrounding identity (race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, etc.) and learning styles (auditory, visual, tactile, kinesthetic, etc.). All students, all people have knowledge to contribute. It is a missed opportunity when educators do not promote effective facilitation of a community of sharing and learning. There is much to be gained from diverse learning experiences where speaking ones truth, respecting interdependence, and developing community critical consciousness facilitates positive transformation of student lives and their surrounding world. The environmental changes for sustainability thus demand the involvement, the inclusion, the consciousness, and the diversity of all walks of life.