Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D., is a cultural leader, oral historian and documentarian who shares narratives of personal transformation and community change. As the founder and Director of the New Mexico Women of Color Nonprofit Leadership Initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, she works with communities across the themes of sovereignty, transformation, healing and equity.
To say this historian’s own history is distinguished is an understatement: Mi’Jan designed and led the Steinem Initiative’s public policy digital storytelling pilot at Smith College, was a visiting scholar at the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics at Columbia University, and served as a New Mexico Humanities Council Scholar. These days, her collaborations include serving as a 2019-2020 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist, and Encore Public Voices Fellow.
Mi’Jan graces audiences with her visionary, story-rich talks at a range of institutions, from Carnegie Hall to the Institute of American Indian Arts to SXSW. Her goal? To make the historical contemporary and personal, while surfacing the marginalized stories that need to be heard.
An incredibly skillful moderator and knowledgeable, experienced cultural worker, Tho-Biaz guided (seemingly effortlessly) the conversation, weaving ideas about dance, process, indigeneity, performance, and cultural and political change seamlessly. We are beyond grateful for her participation in the program, which was one of the most well-received events that we have hosted.
I'm just catching these snapshots and snippets of the ways that we live, love, and labor for positive change across time.
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