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PAST CLIENTS

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I have 10 years of experience working within diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this time, I have presented at over 7 local and national conferences, I have been asked to speak in a multitude of diverse settings and have trained over 3,000 people on a variety of topics. My experience extends coast to coast as I have presented in major cities across the United States.

About Faustina J. Cuevas, M.Ed

I was born and raised in the North Shore of Boston in Lynn, MA. I did my undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At UMass, I studied Psychology, Spanish, and Higher Education. It was in college where I became very passionate about social justice, and an active change agent in the fight for equity. I am constantly seeking to grow and learn, and place myself in spaces and around people who challenge me to be better. In my 10 year career, I’ve worked with a variety of diverse organizations and people to aid them in becoming more inclusive.

Focus Areas

My overall goal is to help organizations become more inclusive in order to improve work place climate and culture for all of their employees. Past topics are listed below (I also build new curriculum for clients depending on their needs):

 • The importance of Social Justice
 • Identity Development
 • Navigating Microaggressions
 • The 4Is of Oppression 
 • Acknowledging our Implicit Bias
 • Social Justice-Minded Volunteering
 • Battling Imposter Syndrome
 • How to be a Good Ally
 • Allyship vs. Accomplice 
 • Colorism as a symptom of racism

Past Presentations

Cuevas, F. (2019, July). Addressing the 4 Is of oppression and microaggressions. Presented to staff and faculty in Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. 

Cuevas, F. (2019, May). Continuing the work: addressing the 4 Is of oppression and white supremacy culture. Presented to Student Services and TRIO in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN.

Cuevas, F. (2019, April). Addressing the 4 Is of oppression and microaggressions. Presented to staff, students and faculty at the Law School at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

Cuevas, F. & Johnson, N. (2019, March). Strategies for being a social justice-minded volunteer. Presented at the annual Alternative Spring Break Team Leader Training for the Center of Community Service at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

Cuevas, F. (2019, February). Navigating racial microaggressions in the work place. Presented to students preparing to enter their co-op sites at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

Cuevas, F. (2019, January). Microaggressions: did that just really happen? Presented at the annual Resident Assistant Training for the Residential Life Department at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. 

Cuevas, F. (2018, November). Empowering los huskies: a social justice centered workshop. Presented to students in the Latinx Student Cultural Center at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. 

Cuevas, F. & Rypa, A. (2018, March). Colorism in the media. Presented at the 2018 Indigenous Women and Women of Color Summit at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN.

Cuevas, F. & Thompson, J. (2017, March). Becoming an Accomplice: are you ready for the new wave of allyship? Presented at the annual Tate Conference and Award Ceremony for Academic Advising at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN.

Cuevas, F. & Valencia, G. (2017, March). Starting a faculty & staff affinity group: importance, challenges & sustainability. Presented at the annual NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Conference in San Antonio, TX. 

Cuevas, F. & Schumann, J. (2016, March). Battling imposter syndrome: honoring your lived experiences through personal narrative. Presented at the 2016 Indigenous Women and Women of Color Summit at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN.

Cuevas, F. & Hammell, T. (2015, November). Microaggressions: did that just really happen? Presented at the annual Overcoming Racism Conference at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN.

Malaney, G. D., Mostafa, L., Cueves, F., Nagi, K., Scott, M. & Donlan, C.  (2011, November). Studying oppression and social injustice in a master’s program. Discussion presented at the annual meeting of NASPA –Region I in Sturbridge, MA.

Cuevas, F. (2019, July). Addressing the 4 Is of oppression and microaggressions. Presented to staff and faculty in Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. 

Cuevas, F. (2019, May). Continuing the work: addressing the 4 Is of oppression and white supremacy culture. Presented to Student Services and TRIO in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN.

Cuevas, F. (2019, April). Addressing the 4 Is of oppression and microaggressions. Presented to staff, students and faculty at the Law School at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

Cuevas, F. & Johnson, N. (2019, March). Strategies for being a social justice-minded volunteer. Presented at the annual Alternative Spring Break Team Leader Training for the Center of Community Service at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

Cuevas, F. (2019, February). Navigating racial microaggressions in the work place. Presented to students preparing to enter their co-op sites at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

Cuevas, F. (2019, January). Microaggressions: did that just really happen? Presented at the annual Resident Assistant Training for the Residential Life Department at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. 

Cuevas, F. (2018, November). Empowering los huskies: a social justice centered workshop. Presented to students in the Latinx Student Cultural Center at Northeastern University, Boston, MA. 

Cuevas, F. & Rypa, A. (2018, March). Colorism in the media. Presented at the 2018 Indigenous Women and Women of Color Summit at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN.

Cuevas, F. & Thompson, J. (2017, March). Becoming an Accomplice: are you ready for the new wave of allyship? Presented at the annual Tate Conference and Award Ceremony for Academic Advising at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN.

Cuevas, F. & Valencia, G. (2017, March). Starting a faculty & staff affinity group: importance, challenges & sustainability. Presented at the annual NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education Conference in San Antonio, TX. 

Cuevas, F. & Schumann, J. (2016, March). Battling imposter syndrome: honoring your lived experiences through personal narrative. Presented at the 2016 Indigenous Women and Women of Color Summit at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN.

Cuevas, F. & Hammell, T. (2015, November). Microaggressions: did that just really happen? Presented at the annual Overcoming Racism Conference at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN.

Malaney, G. D., Mostafa, L., Cueves, F., Nagi, K., Scott, M. & Donlan, C.  (2011, November). Studying oppression and social injustice in a master’s program. Discussion presented at the annual meeting of NASPA –Region I in Sturbridge, MA.

 Afro-Latinidad Panel

06/25/2020
 A brief dialogue on Afro-Latinidad with some history shared by three scholars from their understanding and lived experiences.

 Lynn Community Social Justice Forum

06/11/2020
Lynn, Massachusetts Community Members discuss current events and civil unrest in our country.

 Lynn Community Social Justice Forum

06/11/2020
Lynn, Massachusetts Community Members discuss current events and civil unrest in our country.

Awards

  • Community Outreach and Engagement Staff Award, April 2017: Award by the Dean’s Office, College of Education & Human Development, University of Minnesota
  • Villages Catalyst Award, December 2016: Awarded by Emerge Community Development (non-profit organization); Minneapolis, Minnesota

TESTIMONIALS FROM PAST CLIENTS

I want to thank Faustina for doing such a wonderful job.  Her thoughtfulness, compassion, and dedication to this topic was what allowed us to reach into ourselves and to allow us to open our minds as we now start to look at how we can change for the betterment of our students.  To anyone looking for a consultant in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, I highly recommend Faustina to present to, not only your office or department, but to your students, faculty, and administration.

Shane Franzen
Associate Director Student Development at Fitchburg State University

Faustina presented a 3-hour session on racial equity, oppression, and creating belonging to our group of higher education student services staff. She was thoughtful. engaging, and spot-on to what was needed within a group of folks with varying levels of development and knowledge in the areas of racial equity and oppression. She presented basic information and then led us deeper into a discussion and then into ACTION. Faustina helped us create goals and action plans to build toward belonging that set the stage for our unit goals and mission for the year. And, she held us accountable to these action plans by following up to see where we landed. Her presentation style was highly engaging and interactive which led to a group of staff motivated to continue the work beyond the presentation. I would highly recommend Faustina to any group that wants to take intentional action toward social justice!

Amy Kampsen
Director CEHD Student Services, University of Minnesota

We were thoroughly impressed by Faustina’s passion, presentation skills and ability to truly engage with our staff when she presented at our department retreat on Microaggressions. Faustina fostered an open, honest and respectful dialogue and I was impressed by how engaged and energized the group became during her presentation. She was professional, polite and enlightening and my staff can’t stop talking about having her back to do future presentations!

Elizabeth Perry
Assistant To Dean of Student Financial Services & Asst VP of Enrollment Management at Northeastern University

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Faustina as a speaker and consultant. She assisted NECPA with the inaugural Social Justice Academy by kicking off the program. In addition, she was invited back for the last session to bring closure to the academy as there were some bumps along the way. She handled this with grace and professionalism.

Her ability to connect with participants comes natural to her. She is knowledgeable, resourceful, and real, which is an important quality to have when presenting DIE work. I highly recommend Faustina for any diversity, inclusion, equity work. 

Hank Parkinson, Ed.D.
Associate Dean for Student Development at Fitchburg State University

Our organization, the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts just finished a wonderful diversity and inclusion training with our staff. Faustina was an awesome facilitator and leading expert in this field of study. Her professional and courteous tone was remarkable. She made our whole staff open up about their own lives and stories. We also learned about our inherent biases, white privilege, and what microaggressions are and why they continue to exist. This was a training that is very fitting to this time in history when we all need to be more sensitive to the feelings and thoughts of others. We at the AFT highly recommend her skillset and are actively setting her up with her workshops in other teachers' union across Massachusetts. Thank you Faustina!

Brian LaPierre 
Director of Organization, AFT Massachusetts

I want to thank Faustina for doing such a wonderful job.  Her thoughtfulness, compassion, and dedication to this topic was what allowed us to reach into ourselves and to allow us to open our minds as we now start to look at how we can change for the betterment of our students.  To anyone looking for a consultant in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, I highly recommend Faustina to present to, not only your office or department, but to your students, faculty, and administration.

Shane Franzen

Associate Director Student Development, Fitchburg State University

Faustina presented a 3-hour session on racial equity, oppression, and creating belonging to our group of higher education student services staff. She was thoughtful. engaging, and spot-on to what was needed within a group of folks with varying levels of development and knowledge in the areas of racial equity and oppression. She presented basic information and then led us deeper into a discussion and then into ACTION. Faustina helped us create goals and action plans to build toward belonging that set the stage for our unit goals and mission for the year. And, she held us accountable to these action plans by following up to see where we landed. Her presentation style was highly engaging and interactive which led to a group of staff motivated to continue the work beyond the presentation. I would highly recommend Faustina to any group that wants to take intentional action toward social justice!

Amy Kampsen

Director CEHD Student Services, University of Minnesota

We were thoroughly impressed by Faustina’s passion, presentation skills and ability to truly engage with our staff when she presented at our department retreat on Microaggressions. Faustina fostered an open, honest and respectful dialogue and I was impressed by how engaged and energized the group became during her presentation. She was professional, polite and enlightening and my staff can’t stop talking about having her back to do future presentations!

Elizabeth Perry

Assistant To Dean of Student Financial Services & Asst VP of Enrollment Management , Northeastern University

It is with great pleasure that I recommend Faustina as a speaker and consultant. She assisted NECPA with the inaugural Social Justice Academy by kicking off the program. In addition, she was invited back for the last session to bring closure to the academy as there were some bumps along the way. She handled this with grace and professionalism.

Her ability to connect with participants comes natural to her. She is knowledgeable, resourceful, and real, which is an important quality to have when presenting DIE work. I highly recommend Faustina for any diversity, inclusion, equity work. 

Hank Parkinson, Ed.D.

Associate Dean for Student Development , Fitchburg State University

Our organization, the American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts just finished a wonderful diversity and inclusion training with our staff. Faustina was an awesome facilitator and leading expert in this field of study. Her professional and courteous tone was remarkable. She made our whole staff open up about their own lives and stories. We also learned about our inherent biases, white privilege, and what microaggressions are and why they continue to exist. This was a training that is very fitting to this time in history when we all need to be more sensitive to the feelings and thoughts of others. We at the AFT highly recommend her skillset and are actively setting her up with her workshops in other teachers' union across Massachusetts. Thank you Faustina!

Brian LaPierre

Director of Organization, AFT Massachusetts

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