Michelle Salinas is a facilitator of stories, people, and art. She is a queer, Chicana, born and raised in Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles, California. She attended First St. Elementary, Hollenbeck Middle School, Roosevelt High School, UCLA, and now USC — a very LA educational journey and overall upbringing.
Michelle graduated from UCLA with a B.A. and M.A. in Latin American Studies and Labor and Workplace Studies. Her Master’s project moved within historical, critical, and media analysis of songs about Mexican repatriation from the United States during the Great Depression. Today, she looks forward to exploring interactive ways of sharing and engaging with our histories while observing how this impacts our identity development, sense of purpose, communal and intergenerational processing — and how we imagine our futures. She is interested in researching, understanding, and translating through multi-disciplinary media and methodology, the differences in Latinx migration patterns, cultural exchanges within the U.S. and across Latin American borders, and psycho-social adaptations to life in the U.S. Ultimately, she wants to use media and art to document, sense-make, and inspire interconnectedness across people from various life paths.
Michelle is also a Ronald E. McNair Scholar alumna, NPR Next Generation alumna, and a Posse Scholar. Finally, in her free time, she enjoys making iced matcha lattes, experiencing live music, and dancing to cumbia. Portfolio