"When you control a man's thinking you, do not have to worry about his actions."
Carter G. Woodson ("The Mis-Education of the Negro")
Arnetta Villela-Smith (she/her) is a multimedia Black queer performance artist, producer, educator, facilitator, activist, and DJ. She received a bachelor of arts in Africana Studies and her masters of Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University. Drawing from her expertise as both an artist and academic, she produces events and creative projects to further social justice that centers representation, social issues, education, liberation, healing, and joy. Under her independent production company, Mi[C]heck Media & Productions, Arnetta designed events for conferences, organizations, individuals, and community projects. As an artist, she's engaged in theatrical storytelling through multimedia and drag performance.
She currently holds a fulltime professorship in Ethnic Studies at Fullerton College in Orange County, California. She designs her curriculum to provide an inclusive and holistic education aimed at psychological and community liberation. She blends traditional and new media to create a transformative 21st-century learning environment and offers a culture that fosters interactive participation.