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Kelly Davis
Middle Rio Grande Training Coordinator

Asking a 4-Corners creature “where are you from?” is a complicated question. Kelly was raised on unceded territories with porous borders between the Navajo and Ute Mountain Ute Nations. She’s from multiple places at once. Her natal community of Bluff, Utah (population 258) is sequestered by the San Juan River on a valley floor within an expansive canyon. Kelly believes that places become our greatest teachers. Some informative places for her are: the stage, the canyons and Zimmerman Library at the University of New Mexico. She holds a B.F.A in Performance Art: the stage taught her to speak and move. The canyons, intimate and reverberating, taught her to listen. The west wing of Zimmerman Library, under a window with a giant ocotillo plant looking in, is where she learned to write and teach. She holds a Graduate Certification in Historic Preservation and Regional Studies and a Master of Arts in Educational
Thought and Sociocultural Studies. As Training Coordinator for the RMYC in the Middle Rio Grande Office, Kelly will uplift conservation ethics that promote felt knowledge and acknowledge Southwest’s educational history of racialized violence. She admires leaders, such as Paulo Freire, who demand that education systems teach our students critical consciousness. One of her favorite quotes comes from Mother Teresa, who reminds us that “if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten we belong to each other.”