Keynote Speaker Biography

Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez

Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez

Storyteller. Speaker. Author. Feminist.

Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez Prisca is a writer and activist working to shift the national conversation on race. The founder of Latina Rebels, her work has been featured by NPR, Teen Vogue, Huffington Post Latino Voices, Telemundo, and Univision. She was invited to the White House in 2016 and has spoken at over 100 universities in the past three years. She uses the power of storytelling as resistance against racism, sexism, classism, and colonialism.

Prisca received a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University in the Spring of 2015. She participated in the Young Adult anthology "Nevertheless, We Persisted" and "AOC: The Fearless Rise and Powerful Resonance of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez." She is author of the new book titled, "For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts". She was born in Managua, Nicaragua and calls Nashville, Tennessee home.

Keynote Methodology

Prisca is a storyteller and all talks carry an element of storytelling. She tell stories to stay connected to her communities. Storytelling is an ancestral inheritance. Storytelling is elevated chisme that serves as warnings, preservation of history, and lessons to be learned. Storytelling is an ethical praxis of liberation, where storytelling: Bridges gaps between those of us who have access and those of us without access -- 

  • For colonized people by colonized people
  • Prioritizes grassroots people
  • Ensures that there is community accountability, instead of the “de eso no se habla” narrative we are often told to accept

Storytelling as self preservation, survival, and crucial herencia from our indigenous roots.

 For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts: A Love Letter to Women of Color

For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts: A Love Letter to Women of Color (Seal Press; on sale September 7, 2021) is exactly that: It’s a love letter—and an offering. “My liberation was contingent on access to knowledge,” writes Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez, “and I wanted others to have it, too.”

Covering topics like imposter syndrome, colorism, the myth of meritocracy, toxic masculinity, and much more, For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts offers highly accessible explanations of what ails us as a society, then brings these concepts to life through moving personal stories. It’s an intimate memoir with endnotes worthy of a sociology textbook—the vast majority leading to work by BIPOC scholars and activists, to combat the racist notion that only white people can be the “experts.”

Mojica Rodríguez knows the territory well. In 2013, she was one of a very few graduate students of color in the divinity program at Vanderbilt University—an expensive private education that was almost unimaginable for a first generation, working-class female immigrant from Nicaragua. She had fought hard and smart to get there, circumventing gatekeepers at every step. Now she was learning the names of forces that shaped her childhood as a self-described chonga in Miami: racism, classism, patriarchy, colonialism. Forces of oppression that, particularly for women, were sometimes amplified by the Christian church that was so central to her commúnidad.

But Mojica Rodríguez wasn’t feeling very liberated in the moment. She was battling a case of ivory tower- induced imposter syndrome so severe that it verged on an eating disorder. Recognizing the strength to be found in community, she founded Latina Rebels—now more than 250,000 members strong. But after graduation, she returned home to a community in Miami from which she felt alienated—most painfully, from her mother. She wanted everyone to know what she knew. But she also had valuable lessons still to learn—especially from her mamí—about what it really means to decolonize your mind.

Available at Seal Press.