Creating, Maintaining, and Expanding Latinx Safe Spaces
The intersection of racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia and other forms of bigotry leaves many in the Latinx community searching for harassment-free, safe places as part of their mental health journey and to… socialize without judgment.
Proyecto Solace’s vision is to create and scale those safe spaces.
Proyecto Solace is evolving — after half a year of creating and maintaining safe spaces for those who identify and/or are involved in the Latinx communities, we have updates!
We now have an Advisory Board. We are also in the process of updating our website, Code of Conduct, and Rhombico moderation program to scale and grow with the appropriate funding for the initiative.
David Johnson is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor with experience in employee assistance programs, private practice, residential treatment centers, and more. He is Co-Chair, Latino Collaborative of the County of San Mateo Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, Office of Diversity and Equity.
David is happy to lend his expertise as a mental health professional to Proyecto Solace because he believes a more united Latinx community makes the world a better place.
Susana Benavidez is a Stanford Community Impact City Innovation Fellow and is currently on sabbatical. Formerly she was the Chief Strategy Officer and Head of AI at a govtech startup; a global business development executive focused on Technology & IP at a top global law firm; and a proud civil servant for the City of Los Angeles. Susana was raised in Boyle Heights, a working-class neighborhood in Los Angeles, CA.
Susana writes about her experiences as a domestic and sexual abuse survivor to normalize mental health in the Latinx community and share how transformative therapy, community, and medication can be.
Andrea Flores works in the entertainment industry at the intersection of technology and animation. She currently works on Disney’s The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. In addition, Andrea was a founding Board Member at Techqueria, a nonprofit focused on networking and empowering professional growth for Latinx tech professionals.
Andrea is passionate about mindfully scaling the Proyecto Solace community to best serve individuals on their mental health and wellness journeys.
Ingrid Avendaño is an experienced software engineer working for a fintech startup that has worked at large and smaller tech companies, including Netflix, Uber, Cruise. She is an advocate of diversity in the tech ecosystem. Her current passion is sailing. Originally from Venezuela, Ingrid grew up in the Twin Cities, MN.
Ingrid is interested in mental health because of her experience with burnout in the tech industry and navigating work-life balance while in recovery.
Rhombicos — short for rhombicosidodecahedron, one of the most complicated and beautiful shapes in the world. Rhombicos will be consistent, safe online meetings for Proyecto Solace members that will include themes of
- Work and burnout
- Trauma — facilitated by a Latinx professional.
- Indigenous, African, and Eastern healing practices.
- And more!
Today we are announcing a Community Moderator program where Proyecto Solace members can get trained to moderate and facilitate Rhombicos! This will scale without the need for a primary moderator! Whether it be the Founder and/or, eventually, staff of the initiative, it will shape the thoughtfulness of the Rhombicos.
Rhombicos — for everyone, by everyone, led by those that want to become anchors of collective healing.
The training will include mediation, balancing one’s own mental health while supporting others, subsidized therapy (upon donations and funding of the program), and advisory support.
Please join our Rhombico today at 5 pm PST via this Zoom link if you want to learn more about our safe spaces!