Jelisa “Jay” Robinson is a writer/artist from the Houston,Texas and is currently finishing her last semester at the University of Texas at Austin. By the end of this year, she will have Bachelors in both Latin American Studies and Theatre and Dance with minors in Black Studies and Spanish. As an Afro-American, Jelisa became curious about the diaspora through her Father who began to teach her Spanish in middle school. She’s had the opportunity to study abroad in Rio de Janiero, Brazil and visit Mexico. Jelisa hosts a blog called Black Girl, Latin World where she shares personal narratives and other information that relates to Afro-Latinidad, People of Color, “Black” and “Brown” community building and other identities. Jelisa has also worked in Austin with campus organizations like Umoja and Latin America Network on events that highlight these histories. She spends a lot of time learning about connections between Afro-descendent people. Her passion for storytelling makes working with The Latinegr@s Project a space where she can learn, grow and engage.
It will be rare when folks will pay you what you are worth to do a workshop, presentation, share original research, or hire you in general.
You get to decide how much you are willing to accept. You get to decide to say “yes” or say “no” or say “please find more funds and get back to me.” You are worthy of what you produce and share. You decide who you will do a workshop/presentation/lecture/etc. for a lower fee based on your values. This will be different for everyone in the field.
Some of the most funds will come from academic spaces as they are run like businesses. If you wish to reach people of Color your fee may have to decrease as many organizations reaching out to us have limited funds (see white supremacy for reasons around this).
When you do accept a position, do your best work each time, regardless of the amount. It is your reputation, life’s work, and often the spaces paying the least amount of money need you the most. If you have time to, always write a personal thank you card to the hosts of the event.
You are worthy. The work you do is important and needed.
For inquires or to hire LatiNegraSexologist@gmail.com
A series for Latinx Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15)
I’ll be posting some things I’ve learned over the 18 years I’ve been in the sexology and sex/uality field. Some of them will be joyous and abundant. Others will not be. They will all be true and based on my personal experiences in the US and when I’ve gone abroad.
both will be hashtags I’ll use for this.
— Aubert, Guillaume. “”The Blood of France”: Race and Purity of Blood in the French Atlantic World.” The William and Mary Quarterly 61, no. 3 (July 2004). (via jmjafrx)