Canek Pena-Vargas is a student of Latin American Studies and Education at the Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, NYU. He is a member of Estacion Libre, a collective of people of color who work in solidarity with the zapatista movement, and Visual Resistance, a New York City based arts collective. He is also a member of the Regeneración child care collective. In 2005, Canek traveled to Chiapas to study Tzotzil and assist in research at autonomous clinics in the Caracol of Oventik. An aspiring educator, Canek currently works at an after-school program in East Harlem.