Part of EduSpirit’s vision is hearing from educators as they discuss their passion and commitment to students. Here is a list of interviews thus far:

“Many Rivers” Lorri J. Santamaria, Ph.D. (below)

Mary Catherine Swanson, Founder of AVID

Megan Farnsworth, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education  and Bilingual Education

Linda Maxwell & José Quintanar, Founders of We Care for Youth and community activists

Interview with Many Rivers,

Lorri J. Santamaría, Ph.D.

Many Rivers_Photograph

Mini bio: 

Lorri J. Santamaría (Louisiana Creole Choctaw descent) is the Director & Principal Investigator for Healing the Soul –Curando el Alma – Na Sánaeé Inié and Director for Proyecto ACCESO at The Mixteco Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP). Dr. Santamaría is a former Professor of Multilingual and Multicultural Education and Educational Leadership in the Schools of Education at California State University, San Marcos and The University of Auckland in New Zealand. With over 50 scholarly books and publications, her research interests are centered around critical aspects of social justice & equity, Indigeneity, Indigenous healing, and diversity as a resource. Her focus is on international culturally responsive/ sustainable educational leadership, Spiritual Activism and anti-racist research practices. She has recently given a TEDx Talk titled, “Co-Decolonization as Spiritual Activism: A Matter of Life and Breath.” In 2017 she was granted the Jeffrey V. Bennett Award for Outstanding International Research for the University Council of Educational Administration (UCEA). Selected publications include: Developing and Sustaining Mixtec Thought Leadership: Immigrant Indigenous Women’s Construction of Community Serving Research (with others in press, Transformations series by the University of Illinois Press); Culturally Responsive leadership in Higher Education (with A. Santamaría 2015, Routledge); and Applied Leadership in Education (with A. Santamaria 2012, Routledge).



The Pharm Community Podcast

Spiritual Activism with Dr. Lorri Many Rivers Santamaria

This week Sarah talks with Dr. Lorri Many Rivers Santamaria, a Ventura-based yoga teacher, reiki master, and director of MICOP’s Healing the Soul, a research project investigating indigenous Mixteco healing modalities.

Dr.  Lorri starts us off with a lovely land acknowledgement and challenges listeners to explore the indigeneity and history of popular “New Age” healing arts practices. She also shares a short lesson on the impacts of colonization and offers a framework for “co-decolonizing” our minds and lifestyles.


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