Juan Luis Garrido is above all, a learner. He aspires to always learn more about his identity, his communities, society, and how to better serve all of those.
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2012, he began volunteering with the MS Society of Canada, and now works in the National office as the Manager, Brand Marketing and Communications.
He completed his Bilingual Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Drama Studies at the Glendon Campus of York University. He plans to continue his academic learning through graduate studies - his academic interests include community development, leadership theory, higher education, and the lived experiences of marginalized communities.
Juan enjoys consuming media of all kinds, especially when it brings clarity, light, or understanding to:
his understanding of moving through the world as a racialized queer man living with a disability;
learning how to be a better ally and how to apply an intersectional and feminist lens to world issues;
living a full, whole, happy, and healthy lifestyle. This includes physical, mental, and spiritual lifestyle choices;
Expanding what it means to be an member of society, engaged citizen, and engaged global citizen.
This blog is an excercise in radical empathy and active hopefulness through storytelling. It is a way for me to work out my thoughts, feelings, and understandings of myself, the world, and the way we all move through it. It will allow me to critically reflect and share those reflections with you, the readers, in the hopes of sparking conversation, bringing further light or clarity to you or I, and finding ways to live in a radically empathetic and actively hopeful way.
On radical empathy:
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On popular culture: