#BeSelfish: How to Build a Better Relationship with Yourself

The world can be a hostile place for women of color. We’re constant overachievers, excelling and shattering stereotypes and pipelines designed to “keep us in our place.” And still, we go above-and-beyond through sheer force and sacrifice in everything we do because failure is not an option. Through The Melanin Collective: Women of Color. Standing Together, we will explore why can we do for others what we don't do for ourselves. Join us to learn how to build a better relationship with yourself.

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Doris Quintanilla
Building Transformational Relationships Among Women of Color

Different people come with different experiences, but that doesn’t mean we all can’t get along. At The Melanin Collective, we understand how exhausting it can feel to work with people who live with blind spots, who deny their privilege, or who pride themselves on being “colorblind.” Fortunately, we believe that we are stronger in numbers and that while women of color want to do everything on our own, we need others to support our work to help amplify our voices.  

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Doris Quintanilla
How to Uncover Your Truth: Overcoming Stereotypes and Oppressions

What does the voice inside your head sound like? Is it kind? Is it harsh? Is it even yours? The Melanin Collective seeks to dive into our self-talk and self-worth to uncover ways that we internalize stereotypes and oppressions. Women of marginalized communities are bombarded with ridiculous images, assumptions, and expectations for who we should be or should aspire to be. As a result, we accept the negativity as “truth,” and forget how to embrace our own truths.

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Doris Quintanilla