Protecting our energy this election season is a must – especially as women of color when so much of our identity is up for debate in the hands of a system that does not honor us. Most importantly, we must hold firm to our values, our stories, and ourselves because our existence IS resistance. In this session, we will get out of our heads and into our bodies with guided meditation, affirmation writing, and dance to ground ourselves in preparation for election day.

Join us on Saturday, October 17th at 9:30 am PST/11:30 am CST/12:30 PM EST for a Zoom event in collaboration with Latina Vote and featuring Griselda Aldrete and Aila Shai discussing how we can practice self-care during this election season. Complete the form below to receive a Zoom link.

All attendees are eligible to win the raffle prizes below

About Griselda Aldrete

Griselda Aldrete is the Fire and Police Commission’s new executive director. Previously she was president and CEO of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM). Her primary responsibility is to work in coordination with the board of directors to develop and execute the vision and strategic plan for the organization. She has far-reaching experience in community leadership and outreach, financial oversight and managing day-to-day operations of complex organizations. Griselda received a bachelor’s degree in criminology/law studies and Spanish from Marquette University, a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and a law degree from Marquette University Law School.

She is a graduate of the National Hispana Leadership Institute Executive Leadership Fellowship and the Harvard Business School Executive Leadership Program and is a proud alumna of the Future Milwaukee Leadership Program at Marquette University. Griselda previously served as executive director of the Cream City Foundation.

Griselda has been recognized for and received a number of prominent awards for her community service and advancement of Hispanic people, including Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40-under-40 Award, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee’s Philanthropic 5 Award, Marquette University College of Art and Sciences’ Young Alumna of the Year, Biz Times Milwaukee’s Regional Spirit Award, United States Delegate for the British American Project, Wisconsin’s “Top 48 most powerful Latinos” list, Major League Baseball’s SEAT 21 Award, National Football League/Green Bay Packers’ Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award, Donald Driver Foundation’s Driven to Achieve Award and the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast’s Risk Taker Award.

About Aila Shai

Aila Shai Castane is an alumna of Virginia Commonwealth University and is a proud Afro-Latina of Dominican and Cuban descent. She believes in the potency of movement, words, and storytelling as a tool for healing, remembering, and archiving. Born in Washington Heights, New York and raised in the suburbs of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Aila Shai often writes about her afro-latinidad and the duality of worlds that she navigates – one as a Latina, and the other as a Black American – and how those worlds frame her diaspora experience. Through her healing work, she creates spaces for women to dance and write their way to their Highest Selves. She is currently in training to become a certified Womb Sauna Practitioner – calling on the ancestral tradition of yoni steaming.

Aila Shai holds a BA in Mass Communications with double minors in African American Studies and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies. Her work has been published in several volumes of Amendment – a progressive literature and art journal produced by Virginia Commonwealth University students that provides a platform to promote equality, tolerance, and social progression through artistic expression; and will be a featured writer in the upcoming anthology Ni De Aqui, Ni De Alla published by Dominican Writers Association.