Mayra Turchiano

“If I was a blind man and didn’t know you, I would think you are a huge person.”

A friend of mine said this aboutmayra me, and I think it captures the essence of my personality. I have a huge personality in a petite body (hint: under 5 feet). Anyone who knows me is knocked out by my strong personality, my straight talk, and sense of humor. And although I am a force to be reckon with, I am a lover not a fighter in pursuit of the elusive concept of social justice.

It is my passion to create a more equitable world, in which sexism, racism, classism, heteronormativity, speciesism and so much more are obliterated. This passion has pushed me to attain a B.A. in Criminology with a minor in Women’s Studies. Currently, I am pursuing my M.A. in Sociological Practice.

In addition to attending school, I work as a Librarian. I am proud to say that I am not your stereotypical Librarian, well, other than the glasses. It has provided me with the channels and avenues to give back to the community in the forms of early literacy, outreach services, and children, teen, and adult programming. I am a specialist in building community relations between various groups and the library.

I am also a proud mom of two, having been married for over 10 years, and I am Mexican American. I say Mexican American because I was born in Mexico and raised in the United States, so I am as much Mexican as I am American. I love collecting vintage items, love shabby chic décor, will garden any day of the week, and enjoy doing outdoor activities like hiking. I am a crafter and have a bad case of shopaholism when it comes to shoes and clothing. I hate rollercoasters but love anything Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, Frida Kahlo, and comics and anime (all kinds). I also fervently believe that Winnie the Pooh and Alice in Wonderland have the best quotes to live by.

And finally, I am a fierce feminist who lives by the mantras:

“Better to die on your feet than live on your knees” – Emiliano Zapata

“Peace means respect for the rights of others” – Benito Juarez

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