Cole holds an MSc from the London School of Economics and has worked as a community facilitator and strategist for more than 15 years. Drawing on her experience as a consultant, Cole launched the Brown Boi Project in 2010. As an activist, Cole introduced the term “masculine of center”, which is now being used to forward understanding of the incredible breadth of masculinity within the queer community. A Black Male Achievement Echoing Green Fellow, Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, and recipient of the Spirit of Delores Huerta Award, Cole has worked across the U.S. and internationally on issues of leadership development and building social capital for young people of color. Follow her @bespokebutch.
Communication and Development Manager
Carla was born and raised in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles by her Mexican, single mother. After high school, she got a job in a clothing factory where she worked for ten years. After a serious back injury at work, she realized how unhappy she had been and how important it was for her to get an education. She motivated herself to attend community college—eventually transferring to UC Santa Cruz where she double majored in Sociology and Feminist Studies. Her upbringing, based in Los Angeles and in Mexican culture, motivated her to write her thesis and do a field study based on paisa identified, masculine Latin@s. This study aimed to highlight Latin@ masculine identity in relation to Mexican paisa cultural ties and its importance in identifying masculinity through this specific cultural expression.
Youth Circle Leader
G was born and raised in Santa Ana, CA, by two Mexican immigrant parents, and currently resides in Oakland, CA. G is trying to finish their biochemistry degree while working as a mentor for Brown Boi Project's Youth Program, and curating content for the Brown Boi Project Tumblr. G also works as a teacher for the Sylvan Learning Center. A firm believer that the revolution is going to need doctors and scientists, G hopes that they can use their education to help the communities that are responsible for instilling in them the determination to become a doctor.