The structure of FCCAN consists of the Spokescouncil (roughly the equivalent of a board of directors), the staff coordinator, affiliates and dedicated volunteers.
The Spokescouncil is responsible for overall oversight, policy-making and fundraising. The coordinator manages interns and volunteers, administers day-to-day activities, leads grant writing initiatives and other fundraising and coordinates the work of the affiliates. FCCAN as a whole has about 50 active volunteers who are generally local community members, activists and students.
My name is Rachel (she/they), and I’m working toward my graduate degree in social work at CSU. I am thrilled to be completing my internship with FCCAN these next few semesters and to be stepping into staff role as Community Organizer and learning just how the power of community can advance social justice. When I’m not working on schoolwork, I enjoy tending my garden, taking sunny walks with my dog, eating all the vegan desserts, reading books in my hammock, smooshing my four cats, caring for my 100+ houseplants, taking pottery classes, and spending time with my friends, partner, and family.
Shirley identifies as a queer, asian-american woman of color. She works as a community organizer with the Fort Collins Community Action Network and as a yoga teacher. Shirley spends a lot of her time desperately trying to meld together two separate worlds- the body work/spiritual realm and social movement organizing. She’s combining her skills and knowledge from ethnic studies, women and gender studies and community organizing with her deepest passion (meditation, buddhism and yoga) to try to create something that can be transformative, healing and (gasp) pleasurable for her community. She is also prone to making poor jokes while traversing the rigors of being an organizer in a place like Fort Collins. When not being self- referential in a bio, you can find her playing with her dogs, biking around town, dancing, or reading a book.
Yurixhi was born and raised in Greeley Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2021 earning a bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies and minor in legal studies. Her hobbies are spending time with loved ones, being in nature, boxing, fashion, and self-improvement. As a child, she observed her family members navigate the complex immigration system and always questioned the structures in place that affected our communities. The passion for empowering our communities inspired her academic and career trajectory. She believes it is essential to understand the way particular structures leave a lasting impact and to promote fair and equitable rights for underrepresented communities. She is beyond excited to be Fuerza Latina’s community organizer and collaborate in developing strategies that build power for our community members with our principle goal of protecting and promoting immigrant rights.
Arpi Miller works on the Fuerza Latina emergency immigration hotline and is a volunteer coordinator with the Education and Outreach team. She also sits on the steering committee of ISAAC – the Interfaith Sanctuary and Accompaniment Coalition – and is part of Plymouth Congregational’s immigration team. She considers herself a Buddeo-Christian and believes insight meditation and the prophetic Christian tradition are critical tools and grounding forces in her own social justice work. Prior to living in Colorado, Arpi spent nearly three years working with a cooperative in highland Guatemala. She returned to California to pursue her PhD in sociology at UCLA with an emphasis in international migration. For a decade, during her masters and doctoral work, she worked with veteran Salvadoran immigrant organizers in the Los Angeles area, where she feels she received an education better than any university. During that time, she traveled to El Salvador regularly to monitor elections and participate in delegations. She currently freelances as a research fellow with the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC, and plays mom to two boys and a yellow lab.
Dr. Caridad Souza is the director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research at Colorado State University. Her teaching and research interests include contemporary race & ethnic relations and theories, women, children, & poverty, multiracial and decolonial feminisms, and critical ethnography. Her intellectual interests involve intersectional well-being and inequality (race, class, gender, and sexuality), and she has worked on gender equity at CSU on various committees including the President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity, the Standing Committee on the Status of Women Faculty, and was one of the researchers on the gender equity study for the university. Caridad uses Theatre of the Oppressed techniques in her classes and work as a pathway towards increased embodiment. She is fascinated with the concept of social healing towards a more equitable, just, and free society
Dana Guber (she/her) is a white-bodied, Ashkenazi Jew whose ancestors most recently came from the Rhineland and the Pale of Settlement. She was born and raised on occupied Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute Territories, also known as the Front Range in Colorado. As an anarchist, writer, artist, folk herbalist, plant and animal steward, extreme introvert, and underground organizer, Dana rewilds the world through acts of chaotic gardening, disorganized mutual aid efforts, radical housing and co-living practices, and intentional resource redistribution. You can find her at her day job doing in-home eldercare, in her office writing on her typewriter, putzing around her food forest and taking care of her animals, by the river foraging for currants and mushrooms, or being a couch potato with her partner Nolan and her scruffy black dog and cattle dog, Cricket and Nico.
San Valdez Burch is the president of ISAAC, an interfaith organization where people of
conscience draw on the teachings of faiths to work in solidarity for human dignity and
immigration justice. She is working on developing and using an intersectionality framework in
healing spaces, faith communities, and work where the BIPOC community is continuously
harmed. Her heart and desire is to help foster and establish an understanding of healing justice as
a necessary component of social justice and racial equity, so that, as Cara Page writes, so that
‘healing justice can move from being symbolic to actionable work.” “This call is to create
healing systems that conduct the symphony of the soul.” Jaiya John.
Rena Trujillo identifies as a queer, multiracial, Indigenous woman of color. She recently graduated from Colorado State University with her bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. As she navigates post-grad life she spends much of her time trying to share knowledge and skills gained inside an academic institution and make it accessible to all people. Recently, she has been building knowledge and skills directly related to environmental justice by attending non-violent direct action camps led by Indigenous peoples. She believes there is great power that lies at the intersection of embodiment work, land-based practices, and social and environmental justice. Having access to clean air, water, and soil should be a basic human and non-human right, so until that is achieved and maintained for all beings, her body will remain on the frontlines. Pleasure activities include hiking, fishing, ethically hunting and gathering, creative resistance through art, dancing, eating food, and attending music concerts. She is a proud plant and puppy companion.