Bianca Vazquez, Director of Beloved Community Incubator (BCI), discusses the genesis of the organization, and resources and services that are offered to support the development of cooperatives. She also walks through the case history of Dulce Hogar Cleaning Cooperative, a cooperative the organization helped to form.
Bianca Vazquez has been at the Steinbruck Center since August of 2011. In 2011. Bianca graduated with an interdisciplinary major in Sociology and Political Science from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, MD. During her time at Loyola, she was active in Spring Break Outreach, Loyola’s Alternative Break Program. She participated in trips to Baltimore, MD, Biloxi, MS, and Pine Ridge Reservation, SD where she was exposed to the power of alternative breaks and allowing marginalized communities to become her teachers. Bianca is committed to facilitating transformative service and educational experiences for groups and reimagining what volunteering and community engagement can look like.
Beloved Community Incubator was established as a part of the Steinbruck Center a ministry of Luther Place Memorial Church that provides transformative urban immersion experiences for groups through a combination of education, direct service, experiential learning, critical analysis, and reflection.