Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D., is an oral historian, restorative stortyeller and 2019-2020 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow & BMW Foundation Responsible Leader. As the founder and Director of the New Mexico Women of Color Nonprofit Leadership Initiative at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, she works with communities across the themes of sovereignty, transformation, healing and equity.
To say this historian’s own history is distinguished is an understatement: Mi’Jan designed and led the Steinem Initiative’s public policy digital storytelling pilot at Smith College, was a visiting scholar at the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics at Columbia University, and served as a New Mexico Humanities Council Scholar.
Mi'Jan is also a public speaker, represented by FRESH Speakers alongside luminaries like Alicia Garza, Ai-jen Poo and Brittney Cooper. She graces audiences with her visionary, story-rich talks at a range of institutions, from Carnegie Hall to the Institute of American Indian Arts, to SXSW. Her goal? To make the historical contemporary and personal, while surfacing the marginalized stories that need to be heard.
Holistic professional development, for creatives.
You can’t spend wooden nickels.
My most favorite books and films.
Storytelling and collecting, through the senses.