The Contigo Wellness Foundation’s vision is to end the stigma around mental health issues in the Latinx community by providing access to much needed resources to this community. Our Latinx Board represents the Latinx community and is responsible for establishing policies that carry out the educational and mental health programming by providing high-level guidance and leadership to ensure Contigo WF meets the needs of the communities served. Our Board also continues to serves this purpose through their daily work, and we are honored to have them.
Diana Anzaldua is a Texas native, Latina Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Trauma-Resilient Therapist in Austin, Texas. She is also a Trauma-informed Yoga teacher and the founder and owner of Austin Trauma Therapy Center. Austin Trauma Therapy Center was created in hopes of removing the barriers of stigma of mental health and creating a healing space for the traumatic generational wounds many continue to suffer from. Diana teaches her clients new skills for coping and adapting to the daily challenges of life as a survivor of trauma. Being a Trauma Therapist allows her the humbling honor of being on the frontline, making a difference in the lives of those suffering through similar inequities, being a voice for those who aren’t heard while empowering and supporting them through this wellness work. Diana completed her Bachelor’s in Psychology at St. Edwards University, and Master’s of Science in Social Work at the University of Texas in Austin.
Diana Anzaldua, LCSW, TCYT
Although I am a lawyer, I identify most as a parent of a child with disabilities—because my life was forever changed after my son was diagnosed with disabilities. My passion is access to justice for people with disabilities and their families, and in working with underserved populations: I’ve worked for ACLU on the Texas border, and as a community organizer for both Industrial Areas Foundation and National Council of La Raza.
As an organizer, I started two parent groups: Latina Mami and Ichi Villa Alliance for Autism in Northeast Los Angeles; two volunteer-run, grassroots organizations. As a disability advocate, I worked for private attorneys and firms in Austin Texas and Los Angeles. I have also worked for nonprofits as a disability advocate: Disability Rights Texas, and as a pro bono advocate for Disability Rights Legal Center in Los Angeles.
I am a Texas native, who has lived in Austin for over 14 years, and enjoy live music, traveling, and exploring our wonderful city. After graduating from the University of Texas School of Social Work in 2011, I have worked in areas including outpatient substance abuse, crisis intervention, complex case management, individual therapy, and program management. I have received training in EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy, while integrating person-centered, relational approaches to assist with formation of the clinical relationship.My experience providing individual and group outpatient services, as well as crisis intervention services, allows me to provide my clients with the tools needed to work towards recovery. I work to form a trusting therapeutic relationship to allow for exploration of strengths and skills to overcome life challenges.
Blanca Valencia was born and raised in Brownsville, Texas. Understanding the intersection of education and border life, her time obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in history at the University of Texas at Austin demonstrated the need for more equity-minded, high quality educators to enter urban spaces, particularly among larger concentrations of communities of Color. Blanca has been an educator in alternative education settings in Central Texas for ten years, working to contribute to and create safe and empowering educational spaces for young people of color. After returning to the University of Texas at Austin for a Masters degree in Curriculum & Instruction with a research focus on social justice and equity in schools, Blanca is now a school administrator. She aims to expand capacity building and empowerment of teachers in reforming curriculum building, disciplinary practices, and mental health practices in order to create innovative, equitable, and empowering spaces for youth.