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Equity Speaker Series: Alejandro Jimenez

This event was recorded on April 20, 2022 at The Arts Campus at Willets (TACAW) as part of the Equity Speaker Series, in partnership with Aspen Public Radio.

MANAUS and TACAW are proud to launch the Equity Speaker Series. The Series’ objective is to provide the entire community with access to experts in the realm of equity and anti-racism. We hope to make equity a daily conversation through compelling speakers and their stories.

This series is an initiative of MANAUS’ Equity Action Project, a 7-week anti-racism and race equity and inclusion training, aimed to forge a region that practices cultural humility and where positions of power are more representative of the region’s diversity.


Alejandro Jimenez opens the Equity Action Speaker Series. Alejandro is a formerly-undocumented immigrant, poet, writer, educator, and avid distance runner from Colima, Mexico, living in New Mexico. He is the 2021 Mexican National Poetry Slam Champion, he is a two-time National Poetry Slam Semi-Finalist (US), multiple time TEDx Speaker/Performer, and Emmy-nominated poet, whose work centers around cultural identity, immigrant narratives, masculinity, memory, and the intersections of them all.

He is a TIN HOUSE Writers Workshop participant. His work has appeared in The Acentos Review, The Latino Book Review, Yellowscene, As/Us Journal, Rethinking Schools, and other publications. He has also been featured in Radar2021, Telemundo, NBCUniversal and Tracksmith. His self-published book, Moreno. Prieto. Brown. (2017), has sold over 2,000 copies and has been incorporated in curricula across various school districts.