Dr. Valle-Castro is originally from Chile and has Mestiza (Spanish-Italian and Afro-Indigenous) background. She holds a PhD in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice from the University of British Columbia and a master's degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from the same university. Dr. Valle-Castro is an experienced educator both in University and community settings who is deeply committed to social, gender, and racial justice and equity. She has extensive experience developing and delivering anti-racist and anti-oppressive curriculum to a diversity of audiences. For the past three years Dr. Valle-Castro coordinated the Anti-Racism Network. Under this capacity she led coalition building and advocacy work with a range of actors including Indigenous and settler organizations, as well as agencies and organizations that work with newcomers, immigrants, and refugees. She is also a mother of two and a resident of the core-neighborhood.