Diana Palmerín Velasco

Senior Facilitator

Country of origin: Mexico

Date started with Soliya: 2018

Education and field of work: I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration, MSc in Social Psychology, and Ph.D. in Sociology. I’m also a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional. For the past twenty years, I have been working in government, the non-profit sector, academia and the private sector, in Mexico, the UK, and Canada. My main field of work revolves around advancing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in organizational settings. Other areas of interest and expertise include: equity-centered design, applied social research, program design, development and evaluation, dialogue facilitation, and community engagement.

One accomplishment you're proud of: As for many others, 2020 was a challenging year for me. A week before Canada went into lockdown in early March, I had moved with my family to a new city.  All the plans I had made for making a life in a new city were thrown out the window. Crises and tough times present opportunities, and I’m proud to say that in the middle of the fear and uncertainty caused by the pandemic, I decided to pursue something I had been wanting to do for a long time. In April 2020, I launched Collectively Consulting, a boutique Equity, Diversity and Inclusion consulting firm based in Ottawa, that helps organizations unlock the power of their collectives by designing intentional inclusion and radical collaboration. 

What about Soliya inspires/motivates you to be involved? Everything about Soliya inspires me to be involved! I don’t cease to be amazed by the commitment, wisdom, and generosity of the Soliya community. Arundhati Roy, a famous Indian writer, has said that “Empathy may be the single most important quality that must be nurtured to give peace a fighting chance”, and I agree with her. Being a Soliya senior facilitator allows me to nurture empathy in myself and in others, to give peace a chance, and to build a better world!