PSCS Teaching Staff member, Elizabeth Ortega, is a queer mixed-Latinx who found her way to PCSC after working with young people on food justice issues and running community kitchens and dinners in the White Center area. She is originally from the hot borderlands of the Southwest desert and has a deep affinity for the sun. She also comes from chasing after ice cream trucks and the dusty grounds of 4-H animals, among other places. For the last 7 years she’s roamed the PNW working with and organizing with young folks, making art, getting her graduate degree in Education and finding adventure at every turn.
Elizabeth brings a passion for issues of social justice and equity and how these issues are embedded in everything we do—systematically, institutionally, interpersonally and internally. She wants to imagine and build new possibilities for a more just and liberating future with community and in relationships. A deeply curious person, she is always thinking about how to be our most whole and healthy self and have the most possible fun doing it. The creative facilitator in her gets jazzed about how we stretch our growing edges and find as much joy and celebration in even the most mundane of life’s experiences
Being in nature and exploring is one place Elizabeth feels the most at home. She revels in the feeling of freedom and being humbled by this awe-inspiring universe we are a part of. Her knack for writing, poetry, print making with linocuts, reading, camping and throwing a darn good party will surely be a part of the classes she is excited to teach.
Onward to sharing these passions, teaching what she knows, and being part of the PSCS community!
B.A. Sociology & Anthropology, University of Arizona; M.Ed. Transformative Learning Processes, Antioch University