Emily Stern has been teaching, consulting, writing, and performing for nearly 25 years. She consults locally and nationally for academic, diversity and equity, and Title IX programming, curriculum, and professional development, implementation, and facilitation, as well as creates and consults to implement original educational tools, including the El Corozón Deck, a bilingual educational tool designed to inspire critical thinking about social justice, community, and identity. Emily is the author of When Doves Cry, a memoir about her childhood and her mother’s death in 1993 from complications of HIV/AIDS, represented by Jet Literary.
She currently oversees the Santa Fe Community College’s Center for Diversity and Integrated Learning, and is Liberal Arts faculty. Previously, under a Title IV grant, she served as the head of curriculum for first year students and campus-wide integrative learning, during which, she was named Phi Theta Kappa’s “Teacher of the Year” for 2013-2014 and received a Presidential Diversity Advisory Committee Certificate of Excellence. In 2015, she was a panelist on “Entropy Magazine: A Case Study,” with Brooke Wonders, Barrett Warner, Sara Finnerty Turgeon, Nancy Jainchill at NonfictionNOW, and presented at the 2016 Teachers for Social Justice Conference and 2017 5th Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning.
In addition to Santa Fe Community College, she is also a program, curriculum, and Title IX consultant and trainer, and contributing faculty member in Creative Writing at The Institute of American Indian Arts, and is a contributing Liberal Arts Faculty member and Feminist Club advisor at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Emily also serves as Vice-President of Diversity for the Northern New Mexico Human Resources Association, a chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and serves on Sustainable Santa Fe’s Social Equity Working Group. She’s passionate about using an intersectional lens to discuss and examine the ways in which social justice issues and personal, institutional, organizational, classroom, environmental, and community systems relate to and impact one another, and how this deeper understanding and awareness can manifest justice and equity.
Emily has an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction with a critical emphasis on women and AIDS in literature from Goddard College, and a B.A. from the Evergreen State College. In addition to her memoir, she and author Liz Latty are co-editing an anthology, entitled Visceral Cartographies, about crafting trauma and the human need to recreate the circumstances necessary to restore the flow of truth within systems.
Emily performed in and co-created The Transfused, a full-length Rock Opera written up in Time, Bust, and Bitch magazines, and has performed at multiple Ladyfests, Homo-A-Gogo, and The Sex Worker’s Art Show national tour with Michelle Tea and Penny Arcade. At the Santa Fe Art Institute, she performed in “The Opening of the Mouth,” with Ariana Reines and Jackie Wang. Other writing credits include The Portland Review, The Santa Fe Literary Review, Entropy Magazine, Connotation Press, Literary Orphans, the anthology Fireside Popcicles, and Make/Shift Magazine.