Ser Álida is an Afro-Dominican writer and educator living in Jackson, Mississippi. In 2018, an early edit of her poem diary of a mad black woman: Inaugural Address 2016 was selected among the finalists of ACLU of Mississippi Fight for Freedom competition. To continue inquiring on her repeated experience as a transplant, she created and mediated The Importance of Place: A Conversation. The panel, hosted at the First Annual Dominican Writer’s Conference, encouraged participants to discuss the influence of place—spatial, physical, emotional, and mental— on the creative experience. Most recently, she was invited to the UnidosUS Annual Conference 2019 as a panelist on Future Changemakers: Embracing Our Afro-Latinx Identities where she engaged in conversations about black identity, colorism, and the work to decolonize black and brown communities.