Dr. Alaí Reyes-Santos is a professor of Ethnic Studies and Conflict Resolution at University of Oregon. She is also a consultant that facilitates organizational transformations in the non-profit sector, government, higher ed, and social and environmental justice organizations. In the United States and internationally, Dr. Reyes-Santos has collaborated with the Organization of American States, School Garden Project, Huerto de la Familia, Centro Bonó, Mobilize Green, the City of Eugene Climate Change Action Plan, Northeast Oregon Economic Development District, U of Oregon's Teaching Effectiveness Program, among others.
Her training as an Iya, water priestess, and founder of the ceremonial community Ilé Estrella de los Mares, informs how she leads conversations about social violence, power, and solidarity as community healing processes. An award winning teacher, her Ted-talk “Building Intercultural Communities” is used in higher ed and popular education to initiate guidelines for dialogue across difference.
Dr. Reyes-Santos is the author of Our Caribbean Kin: Race and Nation in the Neoliberal Antilles. Her bylines include: Bilingual Review, La Razón, Centro Journal, Revue Européene des Migrations Internationales, Callaloo Journal, Revista Estudios Sociales, and The UO Puerto Rico Project: Hurricane Maria and Its Aftermath. She regularly contributes to HipLatina and has a column in The Register Guard. Her current books-in-progress propose a Black Diasporic approach to betrayals among kin emerging from racial, gender and environmental violence. The digital humanities project Caribbean Women Healers-with Dr. Ana-Maurine Lara-showcases AfroIndigenous Caribbean healers and ethnobotanical resources.
The ongoing community-action project Oregon Water Futures: Stories by Rural Indigenous Communities and People of Color contributes to the articulation of a water justice agenda in the state and nationwide. It is a collaboration with Oregon Environmental Council, Willamette Partnership, Coalition of Communities of Color, and six community hosts including the Chinook Indian Nation, PCUN, Euvalcree, Verde, Unite Oregon, and Klamath Lake Land Trust.
Dr. Reyes Santos also offers her services as someone certified in the ThetaHealing Technique, a meditation practice.
She completed her BA in Humanities at University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez; and her MA and PhD at University of California, San Diego.