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About The Owner 


Sharpened in the South


       I was born and raised in South Memphis, Tennessee, where my childhood was Magnolia Elementary, Three 6 Mafia cassettes, long waits in Dixie Queen's line, trips to Libertyland and Celebration Station, and weekend shopping and ice skating at the Mall of Memphis. After experiencing the loss of my grandmother, a volatile relationship, and the birth of my son, I relocated to Seattle, Washington for a fresh start. In the seven years I spent in the Pacific Northwest, I grew exponentially as an educator, doula, and activist, developed an appreciation of the South, and brought all of my knowledge and resources back to my hometown to promote change. I credit my Southern roots for the tech enthusiast, mother, doula, writer, and activist that I am today. These days, I reside in the Normal Station area of Memphis with my son, Hendrix (who we call 'Jimi') and our dogs, Jazz and Roxanne, my Three 6 Mafia playlist is still in rotation, I still wait in line at Dixie Queen for a double cheeseburger, seasoned fries, and a cherry slush, and I will give you my sweet tea and catfish with hot sauce when you pry it from my perfectly manicured hands.


     My hobbies and interests are just as diverse as my skill set! I love 80's synth pop, 90's Slow Jams, true crime television, and all things marine biology! When I'm not working, I spend my time crafting jewelry and personal care products, shark diving, arguing about The Oxford Comma and The Mandela Effect, obnoxiously blaring Tame Impala from my speakers, kayaking, traveling, binge-watching Golden Girls and horror movies, and learning languages. I proudly speak Southern American English, Spanish, German, Brazilian Portuguese, French, CSS, JavaScript, Java, SQL, and Python.

STEMinist Software Developer, Full Spectrum Doula, Freelance Writer, and Millenial Mom

     After spending twelve years in the nonprofit sector providing direct services and conducting community outreach, I decided to finally pursue a career as a Software D​eveloper. Boasting over a decade of providing compelling customer/client service , I aim to bring these "people skills" into the IT sector and expand my computer skills and programming language knowledge through hands-on experience and virtual learning. Through attending CodeCrew's six month Software Development Boot Camp, gaining numerous certificates via Coursera and edX, I have become proficient in HTML, JavaScript, Python, Ruby, Java, SQL, and cyber security. I hope to utilize my new career in the technology sector to promote change and to inspire young women and girls from underserved communities to pursue STEM careers.


     Motherhood is the most important work on my resume, and I am committed to redefining and advocating for motherhood through my work in the technology and nonprofit sectors. In between Parent Council meetings, watching PBS Kids, Disney, and Nickelodeon marathons, and completing homework and projects with Jimi, I serve my community as a Full Spectrum Doula and Freelance Writer. Armed with coffee, donuts, deadpan humor, and a southern drawl, I work to spread my feminist and womanist gospel, inspire and support women and mothers, and advance educational equity, mental health awareness, reproductive justice, and kindness throughout the South.  

To learn more about me and my work, please visit TakeallahRivera.com!

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"Womanism is necessary and important because it engages the intersections of race and gender more than current mainstream feminism...You can use multiple ideologies at once or claim more than one label to create an identity that is entirely your own."- Jenika McCryer, "My Feminism is Black, Intersectional, and Womanist- And I Refuse to Be Left Out of The Movement"

Skills


Certified Full Spectrum Doula

Certified Domestic Violence Victim Advocate

Certified Sexual Assault Victim Advocate

Certified Breastfeeding Peer Counselor

Certified Mental Health Peer Counselor

Certified Community Health Worker

Certified Sexual Health Peer Educator 

Ordained Minister 

Bachelor of Arts in Education, Interdisciplinary Studies


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Certificate in Women's Leadership


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AmeriCorps Alumnae- Served three terms in education and non-profit sectors


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Feminist Camp Alumnae- Winter 2016, New York City, New York, and Fall 2016, Seattle, Washington


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Ordained Minister via Universal Life Church 


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Additional Education 

  • Nutrition and Lifestyle in Pregnancy- Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen
  • Preventative Healthcare for the Newborn Baby 
  • Children's Human Rights- University of Geneva 
  • Children Acquiring Literacy Naturally- University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Lactation Biology- University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Childbirth: A Global Perspective- Emory University
  • International Women's Health and Human Rights- Stanford University
  • Understanding Child Development: form Synapse to Society- Utrecht University
  • Child Nutrition and Cooking- Stanford University
  • Gender and Sexuality: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: University of Pittsburgh
  • Confronting Gender-Based Violence: Global Lessons for Healthcare Workers- Johns Hopkins University
  • Curanderismo: Tradtional Healing Using Plants- University of New Mexico
  • Women Making History: Ten Object, Many Stories- HarvardX
  • Child Protection: Children's Rights in Theory and Practice- HarvardX
  • Wage Work for Women Citizens: 1870-1920- HarvardX
  • Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Challenging Poverty, Vulnerability and Social Exclusion- SGDAcademyX
  • Negotiating a Changing World: 1920-1950- ColumbiaX
  • Fighting for Equality: 1950–2018- ColumbiaX
  • Curanderismo: Traditional Healing of the Body- University of Mexico
  • Curanderismo: Traditional Healing of the Mind, Energy, and Spirit- University of New Mexico
  • Curanderismo: Global and Cultural Influences of Traditional Healing- University of New Mexico
  • A Voice of Their Own: Women's Spirituality in the Middle Ages- Universitat de Barcelona
  • Women in Environmental Biology- Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona 
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"She fights and she sweats those sleepless nights. But she don't mind, she loves the grind."- Beyonce