Dr. Cristal Cisneros was born and raised in NW Indiana, and is a first generation Mexican and former head-start student who knows first hand how important quality preschool is for our youngest learners. She just graduated with her doctorate in education focusing on environmental racism and its impact on students of color utilizing Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality as theoretical frameworks. She wore a variety of hats in the ECE profession as a teacher, home-visitor, infant supervisor, mentor-coach, community liaison, admin and specialist for DPS. During her spare weekends, she is usually outside taking up space with her golden Ghosty and pitty rescue Canelo doing typical Colorado stuff. She has yet to climb a 14er (scandalous she knows), but plans to do that this summer (maybe). She loves coffee, gardening, hiking and taking wonderful naps in the Colorado sunshine. She feels like she’s just started a new chapter in el movimento as an advocate and activist and is excited to continue deconstructing systems of oppression so that all of our youngest learners have equitable access to high quality early childhood education.