Emotional Hygienist, Edutainment Specialist & Author
When we heal, learn and grow individually, we're also doing our part to save the planet.
As an Edutainment Specialist and Emotional Hygienist, Marianna Sousa integrates highly engaging approaches to personal and professional development. Her community leadership, safety awareness and crisis prevention campaigns serve national organizations committed to fostering equity and institutional transformation. Through the scope of contemporary multimedia art and culture, Marianna’s curriculum and creative content inspires problem-solving and interpersonal effectiveness.
From 2016-2017 Marianna served as the Los Rios Community College student trustee and representative for over 80,000 students. As the voice for student interests and campus life, she contributed to student-led statewide bills to increase campus safety with a focus on mental health awareness and advocacy for unhomed students. With extensive work in communications and culturally responsive pedagogy, Marianna honed in on her ability to connect, advocate and provide training for students, staff, faculty and administrators.
As an author and multimedia journalist, her passion for creating impact uplifts the power of community awareness. A graduate of The Maynard Institute for Journalism Sacramento Voices program and the NPR Next Generation Radio Training project at Capital Public Radio, through multimedia journalism, she's a community correspondent focused on wellness and building healthy lifestyles.
Her 2018 publication, Own Your SHIT, a trauma healing workbook, has been featured nationally, in college campuses and training as well as organizations and news media outlets that believe in providing positive leadership and social healing. A certified Mental Health First Aider through the National Council for Behavioral Health, Marianna provides initial help to people experiencing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, psychosis and substance abuse disorders. Through community and family engagement, her approach to trauma informed care encompasses the power of healing arts with down-to-earth methods to serve and heal communities.
Since 2019, Marianna’s commitment to healing arts education through facilitating workshops, training as well as mental and emotional health care experiences, known as "Refresh Sessions", her mission is to leave her community more beautiful and beneficial than when she inherited it.
My edutainment mission is to excite community members with opportunities that agitate greatness.
Multimedia Journalist, Host and MC
Mariworks Productions is a multimedia arts organization that provides culturally responsive pedagogy designed to boost self-awareness, restorative practices and healthy strategies for success in the home, school, neighborhood and workplace. Services are customized to clients’ needs including programs for one-on-one sessions, interactive workshops and keynote presentations as well as training facilitation, retreats and special events. Specialized Mariworks Productions programs are conducted in the local community, regional and statewide initiatives within sectors centered in education, healing arts, trauma-informed care, equity and inclusion.
The mission is to uplift the importance of public health and safety as well as crisis prevention through creating safe spaces with real-world strategies and activities that include storytelling, positive coping methods and practical tools to foster best outcomes for personal and professional growth. Mariworks Productions specializes in promoting community healing and wellness through the scope of creative expression, critical thinking and therapeutic self-care.
Through the intersection of education and entertainment, known as “edutainment”, each experience provided is a refreshing opportunity for participants to explore the power of maintaining an active lifestyle with mental health, emotional hygiene and physical health care practices.