Dr. Kathy Obear

President, Center for Transformation & Change

Co-Founder, Social Justice Training Institute 

“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

Dr. Corlisse Thomas

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Rutgers University-Newark

“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. “

Dr. Shirley M. Collado

Shirley M. Collado, Ph.D. 


Ithaca 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.”

Dr. Shirley M. Collado

Dr. Corlisse Thomas

Dr. Kevin Nadal

Professor of Psychology

City University of New York



“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.”

David Maxwell

President emeritus, Drake University

Senior Fellow/Senior Consultant – Association of Governing Boards

Trustee (former Chair), Grinnell College

"I had the pleasure of collaborating with Marta on a months-long project for a private post-secondary institution.  We worked with a trustee/administration/faculty/student work group with the charge to improve shared governance and participatory, engaged decision-making at the institution—Marta as the facilitator of the group’s meetings and I as the “subject expert.”  We had frequent conversations with the institution’s president in debriefing and planning meetings.  I was consistently impressed with the ways in which Marta managed the work group deliberations, which was not an easy task, thanks to power dynamics and some underlying issues of trust  among the participants.  Marta was endlessly patient but firm, tactful and supportive, welcoming diverse points of view and perspectives, but guiding the group toward consensus, encouraging participants to focus on the work and the opportunity to shape the institution’s future.  Marta made herself consistently available to work group members outside of meetings to listen to their concerns and aspirations as the work went forward, and to lower the emotional temperature when necessary. She was extremely wise counsel in shaping the meeting agendas and goals, and an incredibly valuable thought partner to both the president and me.  I have recommended her to other institutions, and would welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Marta again."

David Maxwell

Dr. Janet Schapiro

Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Mary Hale Chase Professor in the Social Sciences,

Social Work and Social Research and Director of the Center for Child and Family Wellbeing

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