Rising Voices welcomes 10 Mayan Language Digital Activism Fellows

Illustration by David Canul (Pájaro Toj) for Rising Voices.

Rising Voices is pleased to announce the 10 newest Fellows selected for the Mayan Languages Digital Activism Fellowship Program 2022.

The ten individuals selected from the Mexican states of Chiapas, Quintana Roo and Yucatan will begin an eight-month peer learning process which will include peer mentoring sessions by the Rising Voices team that  includes experienced digital activists from these regions. These interactions will help develop leadership skills related to language digital activism in oder to implement their own digital activism projects in close collaboration with their local communities. Each of the selected individuals will share their experiences and progress through regular postings on this website and other channels.

Starting in May, we will begin group and individual sessions bringing together these emerging activists to fully engage with national, regional, and global networks of language digital activists.

After a thorough review of more than 80 projects submitted by activists in the southern region of Mexico for the Program, 10 people have been selected, five from Chiapas and five in the Yucatan Peninsula:

List of 2022 Fellows

        • Ana Laura Mendoza Chay

          Ana Laura Mendoza Chay

          State: Yucatán  Language: Maya yucateco

        • Antonio Margarito Huet Moshan

          Antonio Margarito Huet Moshan

          State: Chiapas  Language: Tsotsil

        • Celfa Iraida Sántiz Sántiz

          Celfa Iraida Sántiz Sántiz

          State: Chiapas  Language: Tzeltal

        • Didier Argelio Chan Quijano

          Didier Argelio Chan Quijano

          State: Yucatán Language: Maya yucateco

        • josealfredohaucaamal

          José Alfredo Hau Caamal

          State: Yucatán  Language: Maya yucateco

        • Katia Alejandra González García

          Katia Alejandra Gonzalez Garcia

          State: Chiapas  Language: Tsotsil

        • Merli Isabel Colli Hau

          Merli Isabel Colli Hau

          State: Yucatán  Langauge: Maya

        • Radaí David Pérez Oleta

          Radaí David Pérez Oleta

          State: Chiapas  Language: Tzeltal

        • Rodrigo Petatillo Chan

          Rodrigo Petatillo Chan

          State: Quintana Roo  Language: Maya yucateco

        • Yulma Guadalupe Rodríguez Álvaro

          Yulma Guadalupe Rodríguez Alvaro

          State: Chiapas  Language: Ch'ol

      The Rising Voices project team considered each submitted proposal to be important and valuable. However, those proposals that most clearly demonstrated their plans to involve community participation and how to incorporate the language for the formation of new speakers, especially among the youth, were the ones that were ultimately. We thank each of the people who applied for the program. Stay tuned for further updates, including profiles of each of the newest Fellows.

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