In this episode, Kat speaks with Esperanza Gene, a hilarious mixed-race African-American Dominicana. Esperanza is a student at Fuller Seminary and is the face of a recent protest that took place on behalf of Black seminary students. Kat and Esperanza talk about intersectionality, colorism, privilege within Latinx communities, protest, and the #SeminaryWhileBlack movement.
Esperanza Gene is a Detroit native of proud Latina and African American descent. She lives at the intersection of art, activism, academia, and pastoral ministry. She received her BA in Theology and BA in English Professional Writing from Oakwood University, and is currently completing two degrees at Fuller Theological Seminary: MA in Theology and MA in Intercultural Studies. Esperanza is the Project Assistant for the Multicultural Youth Ministry at Fuller Youth Institute, where she creates research informed practical resources for African American and Latino congregations. In all things she is deeply guided by practical theology that responds to social problems. Her priorities and passions include racial equity, social justice work, interdisciplinary research, faith and justice re-integration, wellness, and humanization of marginalized peoples through story. Aside from work she's a foodie, gymrat, hiker, and fashion-lover with eternal wanderlust and an even longer reading list. Follow Esperanza on Twitter.