Elaine Mercedes Mendoza: Why are some labels worthy and others are seen as unworthy?
Our next guest is Elaine Mercedes Mendoza. She helps people identify the labels they are holding on to as being in direct correlation with their “worth.” Once we learn to identify what is controlling us, we can let go of unhealthy attachments to labels to find our freedom and happiness. Elaine does not just talk about “Diversity & Inclusion”—her whole life has been about honing her skills as an activist for a more equitable world. As someone with four controversial “labels”, she knows firsthand what it feels like to be on the receiving end of prejudice. You might have seen her TEDx talk: “The Power of Labels to Change Your Story.”
In episode 279 of the Fraternity Foodie Podcast, we find out what happened when a neighbor didn’t want to play with Elaine as a child, what happened when Elaine watched the high school cheerleaders, why American University was the right choice for her, what happened when her student visa was ready to expire, why she felt let down when she received her citizenship in 2012, why some labels are seen as worthy and other’s aren’t, how college students can process anger they might have right now, and the best response if you don’t feel welcome for any reason.