New Program Manager For Women’s Leadership And Economic Freedom Program
Tewa Women United is excited to announce that Celina Hokeah has assumed the position of Women’s Leadership and Economic Freedom (WLEF) Program Manager. The WLEF program houses the A’Gin Youth Council, the A’Gin Healthy Sexuality & Body Sovereignty Project, and the Engaging Men & Boys project.
Celina Hokeah is from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. She has been working with Tewa Women United for 3 years as the project coordinator for the A’Gin Healthy Sexuality & Body Sovereignty Project. She describes herself as a mother and lover of the land. She currently attends the Institute of American Indian Arts, where she is studying Creative Writing. She is a poet with publications in Red Inc. Magazine, Trickster Literary Journal and she is a finalist for the Joy Harjo poetry award in Cutthroat Magazine: Volume 16.
Celina said, “Working for the young people in Tewa Country has changed my life in ways that I would never have expected. Uplifting our future Tewa leaders so that they are equipped to make healthy decisions through their Wowatsi. It is an amazing feeling to be out in the community and have young people walk up to me excitedly. Being a role model for them makes me want to be a radical self-loving individual.”
Joycelyn Shroulote, member of the A’Gin Youth Council since 2018, shared this reflection of Celina: “I chose Celina as a mentor because she is such an inspiring person, she’s always there for me when I need her. She has helped me spread my creatively in the community and guiding me to be who I am today. If it wasn’t for Celina, I don’t think I would be speaking up and letting my voice be heard. Celina spreads her positivity wherever she goes and is always making people laugh. I am so happy I met her because if I didn’t I don’t think I would be me if I didn’t meet Celina.”
We are thrilled that Celina has taken this leadership position.