Praise and Gratitude

Testimonials

“Marta Esquilin is one of just a few facilitators I choose to work with when I have an opportunity to invite a co-facilitator to engage clients. I choose Marta because her style brings people into conversations and she can engage difficult dialogues across a breath of difference. She is thoughtful and intentional in her educational approach and she provides sharp insights about the complexities of intersectionality. As a highly skilled and experienced educator, she knows how to design learning opportunities to challenge participants to move to the next level of growth and development. She has demonstrated proven approaches for dismantling oppression and creating inclusive, socially just organizations. I highly recommend Marta as a presenter and consultant. I personally look forward to every opportunity to work and learn with her.”

-Dr. Kathy Obear, 

President, Center for Transformation & Change

Co-Founder, Social Justice Training Institute www.sjti.org

“Marta has introduced our incoming college students to each other in ways that make them instantly connect to their new school. Through her workshop, students are reassured that they are part of a strong community that celebrates differences. Marta's program during Orientation is one of the highest-rated programs year after year. We can't wait to have her back!” 

- Rosemary Ampuero, Assistant Dean and Director of Student Development and Activities, Marymount Manhattan College

“Marta has been a key thought partner, curriculum designer and innovator for over two decades of my work in both private and public higher education. She was my right hand leader and co-developer when I founded the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network, which now reaches across sectors of the academy to empower authentic, visionary and courageous college women. Most recently, she contributed to the professional development and curriculum design needed to strengthen our new student orientation program at Ithaca College. Marta helped activate our wish to fully embrace student identities to build community and to lean into difficult dialogues rooted in the importance of shared humanity. Marta has the ability to powerfully work with faculty, staff, students, and administrators in an affirming way that demands the very best of us.”

 

Shirley M. Collado, Ph.D. 

President

Ithaca College

“...Marta has a natural talent in facilitation and leading people. The depth of her expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion matters was apparent from day one and her approach was exactly what our team needed to embrace this challenging but critical work. Her subject matter knowledge coupled with her powerfully intuitive sense of both organizational and interpersonal dynamics not only met the needs of her audience but it allowed us to accomplish much more than we had hoped to. We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have engaged Marta as our guide and we look forward to working with her again in the near future.” 

-Brent Wright

Chief Operating Officer

Family Equality

“Having worked closely with Marta Esquilin for the past  two decades, I can attest that she is one of the most passionate and skilled facilitators I have experienced. She has a wealth of knowledge on a range of topics - from the negative impacts of systemic oppression on people and groups to the various dynamics that occur among institutions and workplace settings.  Her style is welcoming and warm, yet thought- and emotion-provoking, allowing participants to learn and grow on multiple levels. Perhaps the greatest of Marta’s qualities are her heart and commitment to the work. She genuinely believes in educating for justice, and engages in a breadth of activities to do her part to make the world a more equitable place for all.”

- Kevin Nadal, PhD

Professor of Psychology

City University of New York

Website: www.kevinnadal.com

HuffPo: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/author/knadal-109

“As someone who has known Marta Esquilin for many years, I can attest to her outstanding skill as a facilitator, consultant and professional. Marta’s work in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion space is exceptional. She is creative, insightful, perceptive and highly skilled at recognizing the needs of an organization or group and designing an educational approach with a social justice lens that uniquely addresses their needs.  When seeking DEI expertise, Marta Esquilin is my first call. “

Corlisse Thomas, EdD

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Rutgers University-Newark

"Marta can work very closely with students and has deep knowledge of issues around diversity, retention and student success. She has contributed significantly to our work. She brings a great deal of humanity to topics and conversation we have with our students and our campuses."

- Rico Blancaflor, Vice President of Strategic Projects, The Posse Foundation

"Marta provided my organization with the much needed base we needed in order to be successful; she not only helped us create the curriculum we needed to make our day possible, but she also provided each organizer and student-facilitator with the confidence and background so that the day could remain primarily student-run, which was one of our largest goals. I want to take this opportunity to thank Marta for all her work in our community and in others as well! She's a rockstar!! "

- Student, JusTalks at Middlebury College

"Marta worked with Middlebury College students as they developed a curriculum around "JusTalks," which was a student-driven movement to help our community engage in authentic dialogue on issues of identity, power, and access. She then came to campus as the lead facilitator for the day-long retreat and her deft leadership skills made and her ability to share the leadership with students helped make the weekend a huge success.

I also worked with Marta while she was a facilitator at a recent PossePlus retreat dealing with social class, wealth, power, and privilege. Again Marta's skill and balancing the personal reflection with larger questions of institutional structures was remarkable.

As a teacher who engages many of these issues in her courses, I found working with Marta a joy as well as learning experience."

- Assistant Professor of Education Studies, Middlebury College

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