Social Justice Educator | Community Advocate | Capacity Builder

Social Justice Educator

My approach to social justice education is grounded in the principles of anti-oppression: understanding how marginalized groups are systematically excluded from decision-making that impacts their lives, dismantling structural barriers marginalized groups face in accessing power, and actively confronting racism, colorism, sexism, classism, heteronormativity, ableism, and other harmful systems that operate both in society at large and within social justice movements.

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Experience working with: The Cosmos, Associated Colleges of the Midwest, Paridad Education Consulting, Gumbo Magazine, various school districts

Community Advocate

I speak both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish and my language skills have given me unique access to work with diverse communities across the world. I have worked as a legal advocate for unaccompanied immigrant children, a socioeconomic development advocate in grassroots communities, an education advocate, and more. My experiences have cemented my belief that the most marginalized communities must be at the forefront of the fight for justice.

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Experience working with: National Immigrant Justice Center, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Capacity Builder

I have worked with a variety of teams to build up organizational capacity. I prioritize aligning shared values within a team. With values as a foundation, I have extensive experience building organizational strategy, designing and evaluating programs, cultivating relationships and leveraging resources, crafting and telling compelling stories, and more. These experiences have strengthened my ability to work with various coalitions to build up our collective capacity for social change.

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Experience working with: GlobeMed Global Headquarters, Cost Rica-USA Foundation, University of Chicago Institute of Politics, East Meets Dress

Events and Resources

Journey toward Justice

A 12-week Social Justice Education Program

Enrollment now OPEN!

Journey toward Justice is a 12-week program designed to equip you with a systems-level understanding of social injustices and to empower you to create meaningful and sustained changes within your own professional and social spaces. You will be in a small cohort of fellow participants experiencing class lectures, small group discussions, and multiple one-on-one sessions with social justice educator Shengxiao “Sole” Yu.

Every participant will have an introductory call with Sole so we can begin our conversation about your worldview, thoughts, and feelings, and together identify what deeply motivates you in your own social justice journey.

This 12-week journey includes three chapters. Each chapter features several weeks of 90-minute class lectures and discussions, and concludes with a final week of personalized, 60-minute one-on-one sessions with Sole.

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AARISE: Asian American Racialized Identity and Social Empowerment

Understanding History + Healing through Body Awareness & Emotional Resilience

Next Cohort March 2021: EARLY BIRD Pricing NOW!

AARISE is a holistic program to help you learn about Asian American history and to process your own individual experience in relation to this historical context. Part history lesson and part coaching program, AARISE will provide you with the knowledge and practical tools to help you confidently claim your racial identity and become more empowered in your role in fighting for racial justice. 

Come meet the facilitators at our FREE community workshop on Feb 25, 2021

Cross pollination is an ongoing conversation series on intersecting pathways of social change. There are many roles within the larger social change ecosystem, and it is important that each of us taps into our inner power and wisdom to walk the path that is meant for us. Walking this path will bring us individual liberation, which is interconnected and bound up with our collective liberation.

Beyond the Headlines: Contextualizing Six Headlines to Learn Six Social Justice Lessons

A FREE, self-paced online class

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This is a six-day journey to contextualize the major news headlines of our time in order to dig deeper, going Beyond the Headlines, to learn important social justice lessons.

“Sole is a compassionate and well informed social justice educator who facilitates an intentional and brave space for learning and unlearning. Through her classes, I have developed an understanding of the systems of injustice that have affected my ancestors and continue to affect all of us on the planet.

As a second generation Filipino American womxn of color, I feel empowered by the knowledge gained in Sole’s class to make decisions that can contribute to our collective liberation. I am forever changed from and forever grateful for this experience.

Maria Veronica Lombo


Five types of statements on race made by refugee and immigrant families and how to respond

A conversation template for children of refugees and immigrants on how to dismantle anti-Blackness in our families and communities. Read more.

For Asian Americans, Claiming American Identity Means Rejecting the Model Minority Myth

Andrew Yang’s COVID-19 op-ed is clearly the product of someone who hasn’t learned about structural racism. Yang thinks that by acting like good citizens, Asian Americans can convince white America that we too, are human beings. Read more.

Fighting Racism in the Age of COVID-19

Using this moment to radicalize and dismantle white supremacy culture. Read more.

This Journey is Ours

This Journey is Ours is a storytelling project I created in 2017 that documented nourishing conversations about how we got here and where we are going.

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