This event was for people in Latin@ lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities (and their allies) seeking to have a conversation about substance abuse. The focus was on how intersecting oppressions affect our everyday realities. Our aim is to empower ourselves and to build communities of healing and solidarity.


Born in Puerto Rico, Dr. Migdalia Reyes, Professor of Social Work at San Jose State University, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Reyes has taught graduate level social work for 33 years. Prior to coming to SJSU, she was a professor and the director of the Puerto Rican Studies Program at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. She has a professional practice at the Gardner Family Care Center (Centro de Bienestar), where she delivers mental health services, primarily to Latinos/as, and sexual minorities. 

Organizers of the event:



Kris Clarke, Ph.D is a queer woman from the Valley and an associate professor at Fresno State in social work specializing in community empowerment

Dawn-Marie Luna, B.A., is a queer chicanita who's passionate about empowering the queer community in the Central Valley

Kris Clarke, Ph.D

Academic and social commentator
Helsinki, Finland

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