It is always wonderful to work with Roxana, she accomplish all her projects. I really feel she makes the difference by improving ways of life of several families, especially diverse families. I had the opportunity to witness the growth and development of children in need at Cascade Middle School, some children had experienced so much hurt from the past, and Roxana wanted to make a difference she created clubs, after school programs and invited students to several conferences, the parents could not be more satisfied and confident knowing that all of Roxana’s work positively impact children’s lives.
Roxana was my mentor during my time as La Raza Commission Director for the 2012-2013 school year. Through her competence, caring and vibrant personality, amazing organizing skills, and knowledge of community and on-campus issues at the University of Washington, the success of the commission was able to continue on. She is a great, fearless leader and inspiration for the Chicano/Latino community with sharp wit, impressive public speaking skills and a persona which lights up any room and commands respect. I am excited to see the great work which will be produced from organizations that Roxana will be a part of, and would recommend her without a doubt to any position which she applies to.
Roxana worked with me at Cascade Middle School and was instrumental in developing our YMCA program at Cascade. We received this program through a grant and Roxana helped to build the foundation. She worked with staff at my school and with the community to promote interest in establishing after school programs that would help keep kids connected to our school as well as build relationships with staff. Not only that, Roxana organized summer school opportunities that helped students to retain knowledge and information they learned during the school year. In fact, last summer, the data showed that students increased in their reading and math skills. This is due to the work by Roxana. In her short tenure, she had an amazing impact on our staff, students, parents, and overall school. We were sad to see her leave but we know she will do even greater things in the future.
Roxana is a powerhouse. I first met her around 2014 as I was planning my theatre company’s first project: The Passion As Told by Antígona Pérez. She connected me with various community leaders, which significantly helped me develop partnerships and generate buy in for the project. I saw Roxana plan a community meeting in Burien within 48 hours of the election that gathered activists of all backgrounds to express their concern with the current presidency and build support networks. I also saw her organize a successful fundraiser for La Colectiva del Pueblo in Burien, which welcomed 70 people and raised $2,000. I am proud and honored to welcome Roxana officially as Community Engagement Manager for my theatre company, Thriving Artists, as we embark in our second production: Juan Palmieri by Antnio Larreta. In the short time since her appointment, she’s secured most of the vendors for our upcoming event: Thriving Artists’ Market, positively impacted our social media presence and fostered new connections to ensure our next production reaches Latinx audiences outside of Seattle. I recommend Roxana with no hesitation for any position. Any organization would be lucky to have her in their leadership team.
La Roxay brings together community through hosting events that center the Latinx identity. These events create a much needed space for the celebration of Latinx culture. Every event I’ve been to is full of life. Roxay and her team are unapologetically radical in the way they create community and who they create it for. Working on events is empowering and fun – there was always good food at meetings and laughs. I always look forward for the next innovative event they are going to produce and get so much FOMO now that I left Seattle.
Roxay breathes community! Since meeting her I have been nothing but inspired by the work she does. As a community organizer myself she has set the standard of how this work can be impactful, meaningful, fun and inclusive to a variety of mediums and types of artists. I have recently started a fashion arts magazine and she was at the top of my list to include her voice in the dialogue of whats going on in Seattle’s art scene. Not only doe she have incredible insight into the needs of our community but actively creates opportunities where those gaps exist. From supporting vendors, small businesses, Djs, artists, dancers, performers and so much more there is a vision from this woman that will not be stopped.
Roxana’s work ethic, passion and love for community truly shine when she’s putting events together which is evident in how well the events ALWAYS turn out. She has a wide range of experience in successfully fundraising (Bidi Bidi Bom Bash) facilitating workshops (Anti Racist Workshops) and hosting parties (Cumbiaton West Coast Connect). I am always inspired and excited to see what she will be doing next because everything she has done has always been inclusive to BIPOC folx. The work she’s doing is important and she sets an example of what great Leaders should be doing in their own communities.
I’ve collaborated with Roxana on multiple branding related projects. From Bidi Bidi Bom Bash to La Dulzura, Roxana has always given me the creative reigns when coming up with the artist direction of her event’s online presence. Her messaging towards marginalized communities is always priority and that’s definitely my favorite take away from continuing to work alongside Roxana.
I have had the pleasure of working with Roxana at Cascade Middle School when she started the after school program. I have seen what a big impact she has had on the student’s in the program and their families. Roxana has a way of connecting with people from any background and is able to provide a warm, positive, uplifting experience for them. She seeks the wants and needs of the community/population she is working with and is able to provide educational knowledge and awareness. She has presented her workshops to student’s I previously worked with and provided education on PNW Latinos (Brown and Down). Roxana is able to capture the interest of an audience and really get them engaged. The youth loved her presentation and always requested her to return as no one had really taught them this information. She is an inspiration to those around her and the community she serves.
It is always a transformational experience to work with Roxana. There is a consistent centering of authenticity, creativity and humanity when she is on a project. Her ability to engage multiple perspectives and allow space for expression is a natural skill, one which is balanced with a high level of attention to detail.