Meet the Team: Ana De Carolis
Thursday, December 20th, 2018
Name: Ana De Carolis
Title: Project Coordinator
Where are you from?
I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina but I also have ties to Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, where my family is from.
Where do you feel most at home?
I feel most at home at my grandparents house in Rosario, Santa Fe.
What inspires you, professionally and personally?
I am inspired by the resilience of our immigrant communities, and by the strength to keep moving forward and growing a movement for justice and solidarity in spite of adversity and oppression. I am inspired by the advocates, the survivors and the folks who came before us in the movement who have mentored me and whose work I admire.
In terms of your work for the National Latin@ Network, what are your areas of expertise or what areas are particularly interesting to you?
Training and TA on language accessibility and culturally responsive services, as well as community engagement and leadership are areas I have worked or currently work in and that are of interest to me.
Share one thing you have learned, big or small, doing your work over the past year?
To always center the voices of survivors in the work that we do, particularly those who come from the most underserved communities.
Who inspires you?
The immigrant women I have met throughout the years, who have become leaders in their communities and are fighting for a better world. Mi abuela Delia, who is the kindest and most compassionate person I know. Mi abuela Haydée, a strong working woman who is unapologetically herself.
What do you do to relax, de-stress or recharge your batteries?
I like to go dancing, catch up with my friends and spend time with my cat!
Why have you chosen to do this kind of work?
I have always felt the need to work in the social justice field and being a Latina immigrant woman who speaks English as a second language, the issues of language access and immigrant leadership resonate with me.
What is your favorite food?
My mom’s arroz con pollo and empanadas salteñas
What is your favorite book?
I have many! Lately I have been reading some books by Samantha Schweblin: Distancia de Rescate and Pájaros en la Boca, and I liked them very much. Other authors I have read and enjoyed are Gabriel García Marquez, Jhumpa Lahiri, Nnedi Okorafor and Haruki Murakami. I mostly read fiction, so my next goal is to start reading more non-fiction as well.