Who we are


We, Ceremony is a social solution.

We, Ceremony is a digital platform that uses storytelling to empower and celebrate women of color. In using personal narratives as a tool, we create representation and genuine and dignified opportunities for women of color.

 
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WHAT WE DO

We use storytelling as a tool to

  • humanize our experiences,

  • elevate our voices,

  • shift social perceptions, and

  • reclaim space and be intentional of our presence.

 

behind we, ceremony

Iliana and Mu founded We, Ceremony for themselves. As both women of color and in sharing their stories with each other, they found validation in their experiences - in their education, profession, and society. Through this connection, they realized that other women of color may be in search of the same space, while being unapologetic about their identities. Through storytelling, they have created a community of fearless, innovative, and beautiful women of color. Today, We, Ceremony is a network of women of color who take pride in their lived experiences and are redefining what it means to be both a woman and a person of color.

 
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ILIANA PANAMEÑO

Growing up as a Salvadoran-American woman in the Back Bay area of Boston, Iliana understood at a young age that her identity was unique in every sense. "In a society where the Latinx narrative is often disregarded and my culture is used like the latest fashion trend, I wanted to commit my life's work in advocating for equal access and opportunities for my community." Iliana aims to deconstruct the negative images and single stories white men have created for woman of color. 

Iliana holds an MSW from Boston University School of Social Work, where she focused on macro practice social work in organizing communities and systems of care for the advancement of POC.

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MU-CHIEH YUN

Born in Pingtung, Taiwan, Mu-Chieh Yun immigrated to the United States at seven years old with her family. At a young age, Mu recognized that with the constant teasing of her food, her almond-shaped eyes, and her non-standard American name, society has rendered her intelligible solely based on outward appearances. Unwilling to settle with a reduced identity, Mu started We, Ceremony with Iliana to rectify the narrative ascribed to her and other women who are more than meets the eye. 

Mu is an alumna of New York University where she studied art history and social & cultural analysis.