Wen Calm

Mayan Community Engagement Assistant

Wen is a Guatemala-born and Oakland-raised Maya Mam migrant whose passion for media began at an early age. She expanded her experience in creative media and local journalism at UC Santa Cruz, and has continued her learning process through opportunities with several Bay Area media organizations. She works to help expand El Timpano’s reach and service to the Maya Mam community through community engagement and the development of Tpokb’al El Tímpano—a newscast designed for and with the Bay Area’s Mayan immigrants. Wen is passionate about using media as a bridge to help Maya Mam communities gain access to trustworthy news and information. She is in the process of creating a coming-of-age TV show about her Maya Mam experience in the Fruitvale area through the lens of magical realism and science fiction.