Araceli Montaño

I was born and raised on the Southside of Tucson, AZ and graduated from Sunnyside High School in 2012. From there, I attended the University of Arizona and graduated in 2017 with my BA in Global Studies: Human Rights, Migration and Social Movements with two minors: Japanese and eSociety.

Throughout all of that time I have been involved with a local organization called Spoken Futures Inc., which is a youth-centered arts, and community engagement organization that uses programming, usually poetry based, to amplify youth voice. It was through this organization that I learned how to teach, facilitate and be an organizer for my community. I also co-founded Outspoken! – A social justice arts program of the Common Ground Alliance in the Cultural and Resource Centers at the UA. In the March 2017, I published my first poetry chapbook with Alexia Vazquez titled Hustlin’ Hermanas, where our poems showcase the lives of two Chicanxs navigating day-to-day life.

Before becoming the Office Manager at PFFSU, throughout my college career I worked at Target for 5 years. I was also lucky enough take part in the Disney College Program, where I interned in Disneyland for 5 months – and it was completely magical, as one might expect! I absolutely love to travel and will take every opportunity I can to go somewhere new! I’ve been to Prague in the Czech Republic for cross-country training, Tokyo in Japan to study abroad and spent a spring break with some fellow students to Hawai’i where we worked with indigenous folks and engaged in participatory learning in preserving native Hawaiian culture. My most recent adventure entailed going on a Disney Cruise to the Western Caribbean!

In my spare time, I’m usually working with my organization, playing video games, hitting the gym, dancing, reading, binge-watching anime or baking shows, hanging out with friends, cuddling with my fur baby, planning my next adventure (usually to Disney), and of course, taking a nap. I am excited to be in a new workspace and get to know each student on an individual basis and work collaboratively with my peers. I want to be a resource and someone that can be confided in – notably as an advocate for youth (especially youth of color and queer youth).