Laura Abellera, J.D., M.S.Ed.
Laura Abellera (she/they) is a facilitator and consultant drawing from her professional, educational, and lived experiences as a community organizer and justice advocate. She received her M.S.Ed. from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) while spending her graduate assistantship in the Research and Resource Center for Campus Climate. She also received her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago, focusing on civil rights and legislative research. Laura has undergraduate teaching experience in the area of Race, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, as well as programmatic focuses on organizational harm response and intervention, political education, and restorative justice arts initiatives.
She brings her identities as a queer, multi-racial, Filipina educator and organizer into spaces to better facilitate collective and shared learning experiences, leaning heavily on her experience with grief, culture loss, social justice movement work, and activism. She is passionate about cultivating strong systems of anti-carceral community care and social transformation rooted in liberation, healing, and joyful relationships. Outside of paid work, Laura is involved with local grassroots initiatives that focus on criminal legal system reform, multiracial movement sustainability, and tenants’ rights, as well as spending lots of time at her favorite independent bookstore (Pearl Street Books in La Crosse, Wisconsin - go check them out!).