About Ruby

Ruby Smith-Diaz was born to Chilean and Jamaican parents in Edmonton- amiskwacîwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) and graduated from the University of Alberta with a degree in Education with distinction. Since graduating, she has found her passion working as a youth facilitator and multi-disciplinary artist, and by using art and popular education as tools for activism, empowerment, and community building.

Ruby’s experiences of marginalization as a youth has inspired her to dedicated her work to exploring difficult topics around issues of inclusion. Her combination of empathy, creativity and receptivity has made her a meaningful source of support for youth across the country, and has inspired many of her film and writing projects around topics of inclusion and identity. Most of all, she is invested in helping individuals develop the sense of self-worth and integrity that will make them agents and animators of change in the world, according to their most passionate, fiery and generationally-poignant imaginings.

Testimonials

"I had the great fortune of having Ruby Smith-Díaz as a guest speaker in my Afrofuturism in Music classes at SFU and VCC last week. Ruby designed an interactive workshop for us that connected the global history of anti-Blackness, the need for Afrofuturism, and its healing potential for individuals and communities. Ruby is a talented speaker and educator and I highly recommend her if you're looking for group facilitation or curriculum development work."
Deirdre Morgan
Ph.D. Ethnomusicology Lecturer - Simon Fraser University & Vancouver Community College
"Ruby uses art, body movement, and her excellent facilitation skills to draw knowledge out of groups and help them do the vulnerable and important work of personal and political transformation. Her ability to challenge people while inviting them to be creative allows individuals and groups to build trust and go deep. Our participants consistently mention the session in program evaluations as one of their favourites and talk about using the techniques learned in their work. Participants who don't see themselves as "artsy" especially appreciate the opportunity to engage with this part of themselves in a non-judgemental and encouraging space."
Laura Collison
Next Up Program Coordinator, Edmonton
"The fierce integrity of Ruby’s sense of social justice, rooted in a sensitive and compassionate understanding of her fellow beings, makes any workshop she facilitates a soulful and authentic experience. I love her potent ability to grow into her own power as a leader, and a woman, and her generosity to see, and to nurture the emergence of power in others. Ruby brings her resilient strength, and her deep sense of play into everything she takes on.​​"
ELLEN MCGINN
Educator With Students On Ice, Volunteer With Power Of Hope​
"Ruby is a dynamic and focused facilitator. I’ve always been extremely impressed to see Ruby’s ability to keep a group focused on an intention and to make any difficult situation into a meaningful learning experience for all involved.​"
CHARLIE AHLQUIST​
Area Director - Office Of Campus Living, Lewis And Clark College​
"Ruby Smith Díaz is a incomparable facilitator of integrity and skill. Ruby is able to keep an overview of logistical concerns while being present for each individual. I recommend Ruby for any planning or facilitation of any youth or adult group. Her hard work is undeniable and her patient listening is deeply felt.​"
KHARI MCCLELLAND
Lead Facilitator With Power Of Hope And PYE Global, Program Planner At Vancouver Moving Theatre​
"Ruby is definitely active in her own decolonization process and actively supporting the Indigenous struggle. She innovative in her work with youth and I feel good knowing I have people like her in my corner.​​"
MOLLY WICKHAM​
MA- Indigenous Governance, Gitdumden Of The Wet'suwet'en​
"Ruby is a skilled, engaged, collaborative, and thoughtful facilitator​"
Harsha Walia
No One Is Illegal
"Ruby Smith-Díaz is an immensely talented facilitator, deeply committed to social justice. Ruby’s thoughtful and skillful styles create meaningful learning spaces with potential for transformation and change.​"
Annie Banks
Co-Facilitator & Coordinator, Anti-Violence Project, Lkwungen And WSANEC Homelands, “Victoria BC”​