Mr. Fidel Rodriguez is a Senior Intergroup Relations Specialist and Violence Prevention Specialist for the County of Los Angeles’ Human Relation Commission. Mr. Rodriguez facilitates and coordinates rites of passage programs, leadership workshops, healing circles and social justice conferences for youth and young adults. He has lead numerous projects while at the commission to name a few: Spreading Seeds: Mind Body Spirit rites of passage; a healing program at Homeboys Industries; Project One – a youth music program that created a socially conscious band called The Bricks; Respect 101 – a celebrity speaking tour in the County of Los Angeles Juvenile Halls and the yearly Rise Up For Humanity youth conference.

Mr. Rodriguez’s facilitation and leadership skills have been highly influenced by his travels throughout the United States, Native American reservations, Mexico, Korea, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Netherlands, Spain, Basque, France, Cuba and Peru. His exposure to a multitude of cultures around the world has shown him the significance of universal principles in fostering superior human relations, good character and respect. He is a motivational speaker; a cultural wellness facilitator and mentor among youth and adults throughout Los Angeles and is a certified trainer of “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens for Franklin Convey. He lectures at USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work on trauma, epigenetics, wellness and the power of the narrative”.

Mr. Rodriguez is a 1998 graduate of the University of Southern California (Mc Nair Scholar) with degrees in Chicano/Latino Studies and African American Studies. While attending USC, he lived in Zimbabwe studying African spiritual traditions, colonialism, neoliberalism and the methodology of decolonizing the mind. Additionally, for nearly 20 years, he raised consciousness through the radio air waves where he hosted and produced three award winning and number one Arbitron rated Hip Hop radio shows at Clear Channels 92.3 The Beat and Pacifica’s 90.7 KPFK. His engaging and passionate speaking style whether on the radio air waves or facilitating a training synthesizes his youth as a “juvenile delinquent” with his own personal journey of healing, transformation and resilience that is rooted in his Native American, Mexican and African culture

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