Silvia Austerlic, MA

Intercultural Educator, Facilitator and Consultant

Silvia is a dynamic intercultural educator and facilitator, founder of Senti-pensante Connections , an international consultancy based in Santa Cruz, California, whose mission is to bridge inner work and social justice for the sake of individual transformation, social change and collective action.

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she immigrated to the U.S.A., and has lived in Santa Cruz since 1999. From 2005 to 2015 she worked for Hospice of Santa Cruz County as the Latino Community Liaison and Bereavement Counselor, where she provided direct services to the community, as well as cultural competence and diversity training for clinical staff.  She presented on Latino access to hospice care and supporting grieving Latino youth at national and regional conferences, including those hosted by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the California Coalition for Compassionate Care. Her hospice work was featured in the book “Changing the Way We Die. Compassionate End-of-Life Care and the Hospice Movement” (2013). In recognition for her equity work, she received the 2014 Community Hero Award from the Community Assessment Project in Santa Cruz County.

She currently works at the University of California Santa Cruz as a member of the Radical Resilience Initiative, and where she teaches a class she developed Building an Inner Sanctuary, which “invites the cultivation of one’s internal resources in order to build capacity for solidarity and community-oriented action.” She serves on the Board of the Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, and holds a black belt in Aikido, the martial arts of peace.