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
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Mariana Silva is a proud native of Compton, CA and is first generation Mexican-American. She received her BA in Global Economics and Latin American/Latino Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz, becoming the first person in her family to receive a higher education. As a person who is passionate about social justice, youth empowerment, financial stability and economic sustainability for low income people of color, she actively finds different avenues to help and pave the way for those who have grown up with a similar experience as her own. She is currently the Latinx Project Manager for the Center of LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion, and House Manages at Brava Theater in San Francisco, CA. Mariana's passion is to facilitate projects from conception to fruition and is excited for the opportunity to work with the Brown Boi Project.