“You exploit what you merely value but you defend what you love.” -Wendell Berry, wise poet
Each member embodies one of the seven directions as a cultural practice. North, South, East, West, Above, Below, and Center.
Decolonial Culture Curator, West
Interdependent Cultural Scholar; Community Consultant on Intersectionality and Decolonization, Intergenerational Community-Based Mentor
Mayo is a bilingual immigrant, genderqueer, multi-ethnic Indigenous Filipinx (Ifugao, Itneg, Tagalog, Ilukung, Fujian Chinese) who has lived most of her life between the ‘Philippines’ and ‘California’. She is a scholar, educator, researcher, mentor, facilitator, community organizer, food and cultural events experience curator, and community consultant.
Mayo has used their foundations as an academic scholar of Cultural Anthropology to not only become a professor-educator and researcher for over 15 years, siya has also been an active community organizer for programs which focus on empowering transitional age youth (13-24 years old) through roles such as program director, supervisor, and facilitator. They are also an experience-curator for food and cultural events, has worked in various sectors of the food business/industry, campaigns for Environmental and Climate Justice, and collaborates with community-based organizations which advocate for youth leadership and development. With specializations in Indigenous knowledge systems and practices, international human rights and diversity, food and water sovereignty, Mayo’s teaching and research philosophy is centered on decolonization and indigeneity, intersectional social justice, and grassroots community movements focused on collective liberation. Their aim is to decolonize education and research by centering Indigenous knowledge systems and practices, and supporting youth leadership and development through intergenerational community-based mentorship.