Highlander's PAR Institute

Sapphira Lam


Sapphira Kelsey Lam is a mother, cultural worker, organizer, student, and artist from central Arkansas. Her prior work includes directing the grassroots nonprofit El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center, cultural work in the rural Ozarks around community gardening and food sovereignty, and serving in an international solidarity collective in Oaxaca Mexico supporting indigenous and local activism. Her current projects focus on the intersections of healing, justice and art. She serves on Alternate Roots Heal/ Teal Team and on the board of the Ozark Living Newspaper. She is working on a creative project, Milkwater Lullabies to create story, song and art tools for caregiver survivors of domestic violence. She attends the Wat Jacksonville Buddha Vanaram temple for spiritual practice. She greatly enjoys caring for her young child and has learned greatly from her family’s diverse mix of heritage—from rural Arkansas folks to Hakka, Lao and Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants.

PAR Institute Experiences: Fall ’21 Cohort
Backs of rocking chairs in a line with purple mountains in the distance