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In “The Power of Finding My Voice & Owning it!” Doris will discuss in an era of global complexities at our footsteps, how do we rise to stand up for what we believe in and uplift our communities? Throughout my upbringing, there was no question I utilizing my life to serve my communities. There was one problem- I did not know who I was and doubted my self-worth. Enrolling at Highline College without a plan and a desire to change my narrative led to a journey of self-discovery. Our conversation will take you through reflection of your own personal journey and how your experiences is ultimately the foundation for discovering the power of your leadership potential.

Presenter’s biography: Born in Huntington Park, CA., Doris Martinez considers herself a true Washingtonian. As a Honduran-American of Garifuna decent, she was raised primarily in Federal Way with her parents and brother. Being the child of immigrant parents, education was instilled at an early age, which included knowing her family, language and heritage. This resulted in living in Honduras with her maternal grandmother during her elementary years, meeting extended family and becoming trilingual.

The complexities of being Latinx of African descent were challenging throughout her K–12 experience, but it was an identity that Martinez embraced as her educational scope increased throughout her undergraduate college student experience at Highline College. Upon graduating from Highline in 2007, she continued her studies at Seattle University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Communications in 2009 and a master’s degree in Student Development Administration in 2011.

As Director for Student Diversity and Inclusion at Highline College, her goal is to provide students a safe space to examine social injustices, equity, inclusion, and to empower students to be change agents in their communities. When she is not running throughout campus, you can catch her at the Center for Leadership and Service (Building 8, 3rd floor) socializing with students and dancing to her favorite tropical Latin music. Azúcar!

Location: Building 3, Room 102