Erin Monahan is the founder of Terra Incognita Media. She is a writer, community organizer, workshop facilitator, and rock climber. She is dedicated to living a life through an equity lens and is most concerned with writing about her process of detaching from the social construct of Whiteness. She believes that if White people examined their commitment to the social construct of Whiteness and worked to detach from it, our mindsets would change, leading to behavioral changes, which would result in societal shifts that benefit all.
Yá’át’ééh, shí éí Larissa Nez yinishyé. Hashtł’ishnii nishłį. Dziłtł’ahnii báshíshchíín. Táchii’nii éí da shicheiii. Tótsohnii éí da shinálí. Ákót’éego Diné asdzáán nishłį. Hello, my name is Larissa Nez and I am Diné. I am of the Mud People Clan and born for the Mountain Cove People Clan. My maternal grandfather is of the Red Running into the Water People. My paternal grandfather is of the Big Water People. I am from the Navajo Nation and I attended the University of Notre Dame from 2007-2012 to obtain my B.A. in Sociology and Art History. I am a Youth Advocate at the Native American Youth & Family Center and I am also a student at Portland Community College furthering my study of Sociology. Additionally, I am a representative on the PPS Ethnic Studies Oversight Committee, where we are developing curriculum for Ethnic Studies courses that will be available for all PPS students in 2019. My greatest passion is supporting Indigenous people and communities and empowering them to reclaim their identity, culture, and voice. I enjoy traveling, sports, music, art, and nature. Check her out @canoecanoa
Lorena Jasis-Wallace is originally from Kentucky, and tends toward a social justice lens in all areas of her work (whether it's wilderness leadership, or providing access to social services kids and communities). She became a co-facilitator of Terra Incognita Media's "Interrupting Oppression" workshops after being inspired by the outreach and commitment to social change in this community. She lives in Portland, Oregon, and spends too much time with her dogs.
Check out her gram: @lorenajw_x
Nia Abram is a writer, activist, creator, and realist with a degree in Environmental Policy from Colorado College. She believes that black and brown voices will lead the movement to a more equitable, sustainable planet. It is her goal to examine, understand, and move through the complex identifiers that make one “progressive” in order push for a more radical and intersectional movement that incorporates accountability. As a black queer woman she seeks to go beyond just cultural critique, and also focuses on themes of solidarity and support by finding joy and excitement in the beauty of her people and culture.
Alyssa Miller is a (soon to be) graduate from Colorado College with a degree in Studio Art with an emphasis on textiles, performance, and printmaking/painting and a minor in Race and Ethnic Migrations Studies. Her work addresses the embodiment of and performance of intersectional identities, bodies in spaces and places in bodies, a sort of inherited cultural memory, and both literal and metaphorical processes of shedding skin using weaving sculptural textiles out of nylon monofilament as well as using layering and collage techniques.
Give her a follow on her Instagram: @alyssadenaycarter
Cy is a queer non-binary cyborg filmmaker, 2D artist, and writer with a degree in Film and Media Studies from Colorado College. Their work focuses primarily on sexuality and intimacy through a intersectional feminist lens. They seek to both learn and break free from rigid constraints of identity (and society) and use their work as a method of exploration and exhalation. Through the power of shock and awe, they hope to transform the world around us and make it a safer place for black, brown, and queer people.
Give them a follow: @slutwitch666