Dr. DeChavez has given lectures and workshops in different subjects at universities across the country, including Stanford University, Bethany College, Southwestern University, and California State University San Bernardino. If you are interested in booking her for talks about subjects such as Decolonizing Syllabi and Curriculum, Mental Health in the Latinx Community, and What Higher Ed Looks Like for First-Gen Students, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yvette DeChavez is a Latinx writer, artist, and scholar from San Antonio, Texas. A first-generation college graduate, she earned a PhD in Literature from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research and activism focuses on centering the voices, narratives, and performances of Indigenous Americans and People of Color in academia and the media.
Dr. DeChavez is also a mental health advocate who speaks openly about her experiences with depression and anxiety in an effort to normalize such conversations.
Before graduate school, she worked for the Macondo Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by acclaimed Chicana author Sandra Cisneros that brings together writers committed to social change. Dr. DeChavez's work has appeared in the LA Times, Fierce by Mitú, and The Mujerista.
She currently lives in Austin, TX with her boo, her plants, and her books.
All My Secrets: One Latinx Woman's Struggle with the Silence Around Mental Health
Depression and anxiety were beating down on me, making every day a battle with my own mind and life a constant dance of maintaining the façade of happiness while harboring constant suicidal thoughts.
I was losing myself to myself, and I was too afraid to tell anyone the truth.