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Need: The AfroLatina Identity & Programming for Next Year

I hope this message reaches you in good spirits. I am reaching out to you because I am seeking opportunities to offer my presentation on the Afro-Latina identity and am tapping into my network for assistance.

My name is Ynanna Djehuty; my birth name is Carmen Mojica. I am an Afro-Dominican woman born and raised in the Bronx. I am a writer and certified birth doula. I am a member of the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), and a sister of Mu Sigma Upsilon Sorority, Inc. The focus of my work is the empowerment of women and people of the African Diaspora, specifically discussing the Afro-Latina Identity. I utilize my experience as a birth doula to raise awareness on maternal and infant health for women, highlighting the disparities in the healthcare system in the United States for women of color. In October 2009, I completed and self-published my literary work called ‘Hija De Mi Madre’ (My Mother’s Daughter), which is a combination of memoirs, poems and research material that explains the effects of race on identity from an academic standpoint. I share my personal story as a living example. I am studying to become a midwife to continue to advocate for women and their holistic well-being.

My presentation explores the identity of African Latinas. It is a combination of personal experience and historical precedent that shape the identity of Afro-Latinas in the United States and the Caribbean. This research entails the ethnogenesis of Afro-Latinos and the effects of phenotype and cultural institutions on identity. The focus is on the emotional and psychological experience of the Afro-Latina. The effects of colonization are seen in self-hatred that plagues people of the African Diaspora. In the Latino culture, the African component of the Latino identity is often ignored or denied by the society. The difficulty in being an Afro-Latina is further compounded by being a woman.

Links to my work:

Presentation at Syracuse University, September 2011 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ71sGYLkaY

Panel discussion at the National Dominican Student Conference at Cornell University, May 2011 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Taf1HuWAtrM&feature=relmfu

Panel discussion at First World Diaspora Conference at SUNY New Paltz, October 2008 - http://www.veoh.com/watch/v19049189fKrhNBPa

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Ynanna Djehuty
Certified Birth Doula & Writer
Email: ynanna@thesewatersrundeep.com
Website: thesewatersrundeep.com

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