Elita Laya

Principal Consultant at The Center for Critical Mentoring and Youth Work

  • Teaching & Academics
  • Diversity
  • JEDI
  • Education
  • Mentoring
  • Inclusion
  • Student Activism
  • Youth Leadership
  • Intersectional Feminism
  • Social Justice
  • LGBT
  • Social Change
  • Mental Health
  • Transgender
  • Nonbinary
  • Liberation
  • Trauma Informed
  • Queer
  • Black Women
  • Wellness
  • Youth empowerment
  • Sexuality
  • Gender
  • Women
  • Racial Healing
  • Racial Trauma
  • DEI
  • Personal Development

Expert Credentials

Elita has a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of San Francisco, a master's degree in cultural studies from Claremont Graduate University, and is a current Ph.D. candidate in Education, Urban Leadership. They have been professionally consulting organizations, programs, and individuals on critical social justice dialogues since 2017. As the Principal Consultant for The Center for Critical Mentoring and Youth Work, they disrupt oppressive institutions by supporting student activism, abolitionist social change, and fostering liberatory spaces for professionals and practitioners.


Elita (they) is a Black, queer, trans, and nonbinary scholar-activist with a background in counseling, education, and leadership. They are committed to demanding more than minimal from institutions, organizations, and individuals. They call on us to co-create change, harness our collective power, and fuck shit up. Together, we reclaim liberatory minds, bodies, and futures. Elita offers poetry readings, course visits, workshop facilitation, and ready-to-go presentations on: their lived experiences and education journey, student activism, youth leadership, critical mentoring, JEDI and oppression 101, anti-oppressive education and counseling practices, trans and gender-inclusive schools, LGBTQ+ social change, Black wellness and healing, education trauma and inequity, and liberatory language.

Available For

  • Summit Speaker
  • Podcast Guests
  • Training