Rosalva Mujwid Hernandez
Co-Director of Reclaiming Our Own Time (ROOT)
Started at Nexus: 2023
I co direct ROOT (Reclaiming Our Own Time) with Sook Jin Ong.
Growing from the wisdom and work of Rest as a pathway towards liberation and justice movement, the work of ROOT envisions ecosystems of wellness, rest, and rejuvenation for BIPOC changemakers. This work supports BIPOC leaders towards dreaming, reconnecting with self, visioning, and resting as a means to value our gifts and restorative cycles. We also aspire to strengthen and build the capacity of organizations and movements to hold that healing space.
I’m a queer indigenous chicana woman. A mother and sister to many. The daughter of Maria Socorro del Perfecto Castillo Gallegos Hernandez and the descendant of storytellers, healers, and farmers. I’m forever an imperfect sketch finding connections with others, seeking justice and liberation through our shared stories. I’ve called so many places home over the years but the two that hold my greatest memories are Uvalde, Texas and the Twin Cities, Minnesota. My journey to this moment is filled with joy, hardship, and humor and I enjoy sharing those stories with friends. I love connecting through food, visiting new spaces, and all the things which give life joy.
Curiosity is central to my worldview and with that I lean into experimental learning and failing forward. I bring a lifetime of experience in the judicial, public school, higher education, health care, and human services fields. My love for this work is rooted in my family’s personal experience navigating systems. I have an associate of arts degree from Southwest Texas Junior College, a Bachelor of Arts from Metropolitan State University, a Human Services Leadership Certificate and Master of Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota. I serve on the Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council. I’m also fortunate to be an alumni of the Latino Lead ALP and current participant of the Shannon Leadership Institute.