Maribel Valdez Gonzalez is an indigenous mother, Xicana, and San Antonio-born daughter of Mexican migrants committed to empowering youth to be their best selves. She is based in San Antonio, TX. She has dedicated the last 9 years to supporting radical social change that centers on racial, gender, climate, and migrant justice. She is a Texas-certified secondary educator specializing in ELAR, ESL, and Social Studies. Maribel is passionate about empowering young people to become leaders by advocating and committing to an anti-racist, anti-bias culturally-relevant pedagogy and curriculum. She studied History with an emphasis on Mexican-American Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio and earned her Master’s Degree of Education in Educational Leadership with a focus on Restorative Justice Practices in the K-12 Classroom at Concordia University-Portland.