Fabiola Santiago

I want people who say that they love my culture to show it deeply. Not by packaging it into a service or product, but to be of service to the people whose culture they love.

I am a mother, an outspoken thinker,
a cultural worker, and a believer in
possibilities.

“I want people who say that they love my culture to show it deeply. Not by packaging it into a service or product, but to be of service to the people whose culture they love.”

Fabiola Santiago (she/they/mama) is an Indigenous migrant of Zapotec descent from the nominal world capital of mezcal, Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico. Her personal experiences as a formerly undocumented person and her connection to Oaxaca’s rich culture–particularly as a descendant of mezcal makers–anchors her commitment to equity, community, and cultural preservation. Fabiola is passionate about expressing her love for Oaxaca through various mediums: writing, speaking, and imagining futures of possibility. Fabiola earned their BA in Sociology and Masters in Public Health from a prestigious public university in California.

Fabiola, a brown woman, with long black hair wearing mushroom earrings and a huipil from Tehuantepec, Oaxaca. She is standing in front of aloe vera plants and other greenery.