Beatriz is Bilingual Family Navigator to Spanish Speaking communities. She has a BA from Barnard college and Florida International University, and adult education graduate level studies with a focus on Migrant Farmworker Literacy. Between her undergraduate studies at Barnard and her studies at FlU she traveled as a migrant farmworker and grassroots educator on labor camps, After working in the fields she provided learning circles on the labor camps. She has led educational learning circles in urban and rural settings. This grassroots urban and rural adult education practice was inspired by the grassroots education circles of Harlem, New York City during the 1960s where she was born and raised bilingual and multicultural. Her work was later deeply influenced by the educational philosophy of Paulo Friere, author of “Pedagogy of the Oppressed”. She believes the oppressed are experts of their own reality. As Family Navigator at Literacy Minnesota Beatriz is committed to inspiring hope, equity, equanimity. She loves having friends, walking, yoga, meditation and finally an empty nest and grandchildren!