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Session Title

1111: Empowering diverse queer communities in higher education

Session Times

Tuesday, May 28: 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m.


This session will particularly benefit diverse queer communities, particularly those whose marginalized identities lie at the intersection of sexuality, gender, race, and ethnicity. Intended for those who support equity, empowerment, and advocacy for diverse queer communities, this full-day session begins with an exploration of the ways in which queer communities of color and queer multiracial/multiethnic communities are uniquely targeted within institutions of higher education. The session will also highlight the specific ways in which diverse queer communities survive and thrive in environments that challenge empowerment and/or impose oppressive policies and practices. The resilience of diverse queer communities within oppressive contexts will be honored and explored. We will discuss avenues to promote queer multiracial/people of color solidarity, empowerment, and visibility, particularly for queer communities of color in educational institutions who live in isolation. In addition, this session will provide an opportunity for attendees to collaboratively problem solve the major issues threatening diverse queer groups in higher education. Facilitators will employ a combination of educational presentations, large and small group work, and reflective discussion to guide our work throughout the session. Topics of particular concern will be generated by the attendees with facilitation provided by the presenters. While attendees of all levels of professional experience are welcome, those in leadership positions will particularly benefit from this session.


Lou Collette Felipe, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of San Francisco

Saeromi Kim, PhD, Assistant Clinical Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of California, Los Angeles

Jan Estrellado, PhD, Associate Director of Clinical Training, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital