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Annette Zaragoza-Cerritos, M.Ed (she/her) is a healing artist and abolitionist who is always working towards inclusivity and Healing Justice. Annette believes Art is Medicine. She believes in pivoting and rethinking the narrative. Above all, Annette believes in forgiveness and re-birth. She is a first-generation daughter of immigrants from El Salvador and Mexico and hopes that she is always making her ancestors proud. 

Annette Zaragoza-Cerritos is a co-founder of The Diaspora Coalition of Los Angeles, a community of non-Black POCs working towards Black Liberation and Abolition. She also founded Radiclay, a ceramics studio for sensitive and radical young artists that long to be agents of change through art, community and joy. Annette has spoken locally and nationally at various mental health conferences and most recently has been in conversation with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Measure R, at the Proximity Greenhouse Art Space in South LA where they discussed the need for mental health and prison reform. This year, she also presented at the California Department of Education’s Annual Student Mental Wellness Conference. She spoke about ACE scores and the short and long term effects of mass incarceration on school aged children. Her altar, “Stigma = Muerte”, was selected as part of the Ancestral Lights Exhibition at Self Help Graphics. Her writings and illustrations have been published in Latina Magazine, BLANK and VLY Girl. She is currently working on two film projects.

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Education:

UCLA – B.A.

Mass Communications Studies, Music History, Spanish

UCLA – M.Ed

Focus QTBIPOC, neurodivergent and Spanish speaking youth. Concentration in Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development

Links:

2020 CASMW by Annette Zaragoza-Cerritos for the CA Dept of Education

2020 CASMW – CA Dept of Education by Annette Zaragoza-Cerritos
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