Bachelor of Arts, English with a Creative Writing Emphasis (minor in Psychology)
Continually bearing witness to the stunning brilliance of BIPOC women and femme thinkers, writers, artivists, and organizers
[Pronouns: she/ her/ hers]
Learkana is a project coordinator for CompassPoint, where she helps ensure that participants in our Cohort Leadership Programs are supported throughout their learning experiences.
Prior to CompassPoint, Learkana worked as an administrative coordinator, grant writer, and communications lead at MISSSEY, a community-based nonprofit organization in Oakland that provides supportive services to youth impacted by commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.
She also previously held internships with VONA, a Bay Area-based summer writing workshop for writers of color, and Aunt Lute, a multicultural women’s publishing press in San Francisco. Learkana’s passion for and pursuit of social justice is derived from the following: 1) her lived experiences as a working-class woman of color raised by a Cambodian refugee mother in California’s Central Valley, 2) a liberal arts women's college education that prioritized critical thinking and consciousness-raising, and 3) Internet memes. She believes liberation necessitates centering and uplifting the voices of Black and Indigenous folks, and that intersectionality as a critical lens is mandatory for meaningful success in equity and movement work.
Learkana strongly identifies as an intersectional feminist, a Virgo, a Beyhive member, and a writer. Her work has been featured in All about Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color, the Asian American Literary Review, Project Yellow Dress, and Stilt House. In her spare time, Learkana thinks about how to leverage her privileges to push back against oppression, but also enjoys working on creative writing/art projects, grabbing boba with friends, singing karaoke, utilizing social media as a learning tool, and ensemble drumming with BoomShake Music, a grassroots collective of predominantly women, trans, and gender non-conforming people of color who energize various social justice movements in the Bay Area through drum rhythms, songs, chants, and storytelling.