Webinars

AWN is excited to announce our new #LiberatingWebinars programming! This work began in 2020 and is continuing throughout 2021.

Please find updates about the latest events in our #LiberatingWebinars series below.

Upcoming Webinars

We provide American Sign Language interpretation (generally with a Certified Deaf Interpreter) and CART live captioning for all events, which participants will be able to join by video or phone.


Disability Justice & Crip Technoscience: Racism & Ableism in AI & the Future of Technology

Friday, 23 April 2021, at 5pm ET / 4pm CT / 2pm PT

Join AWN for a discussion with Damien Patrick Williams and Crystal Lee on disability justice interventions for racism and ableism in AI.

RSVP for "Disability Justice & Crip Technoscience: Racism & Ableism in AI & the Future of Technology"

Event banner shows a stock image of a city at night overlaid with icons representing a connected web of data. There are photos of two people. The first person is Damien, a Black man with a mohawk and glasses, stands indoors in front of two tall bookshelves full of books, one thin & red, one of wide untreated pine, and a large monitor with a printer and papers on the stand beneath it. He is wearing a black button up shirt, a red paisley tie, a light grey check suit jacket, and black jeans. The second person is Crystal Lee, a medium-skinned Asian woman with a pixie cut wearing a gray shirt and round eyeglasses with black frames. Trees and other greenery are behind her. The text says, Disability Justice & Crip Technoscience: Racism & Ableism in AI & the Future of Technology, 23 April 2021 at 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific. The corner shows the AWN logo - a large "a" with a dragonfly on it, and the words awnnetwork.org.

Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies are ubiquitous, affecting pretrial bail determinations, health care resource allocation, school admissions, credit reporting, hiring, and policing. For disabled people, technology has often both created and enabled greater access and also threatened to sever access while promoting eugenicist ideas about cures. What interventions do Disability Justice and the emergent field of crip technoscience (named first by Aimi Hamraie and Kelly Fritsch) make into conversations about AI and the future of technology? Where does “algorithmic fairness” or “algorithmic bias” fall short in addressing racism and ableism?

Speakers

Damien Patrick Williams is a PhD candidate in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, at Virginia Tech. Damien researches how the values, knowledge systems, philosophies, social structures, religious beliefs, and lived experiences of humans can affect the creation and use of algorithms, machine intelligence, biotechnological interventions, and other technological systems and artifacts. More on Damien's research can be found at A Future Worth Thinking About.

Crystal Lee is a PhD candidate at MIT and a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. She works broadly on topics related to the social and political dimensions of computing, data visualization, and disability. She also conducts ethnographic and computational research on social media communities. Crystal’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and the MIT Programs for the Digital Humanities. Previously, she was a visiting research scientist at the European Commission, and graduated with high honors from Stanford University.

Moderator

Lydia X. Z. Brown is AWN's Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs.

RSVP for "Disability Justice & Crip Technoscience: Racism & Ableism in AI & the Future of Technology"


Disrupting Educational Ableism & Racism: Disability, Race, & Trauma in Schools

Sunday, 25 April 2021, at 4pm ET / 3pm CT / 1pm PT

Join AWN for a discussion with Mahlet Meshesha and Jilisa Milton on disability, race, and trauma in schools.

RSVP for "Disrupting Educational Ableism & Racism: Disability, Race, & Trauma in Schools"

Event banner shows a photo of a school building in snow. There are photos of two people. The first person is Mahlet, a Black person with tight curly hair tied back, wearing a dark patterned shawl. The second person is Jilisa, a Black person with long thin dreads and glasses, wearing a turtleneck. The text says, Disrupting Educational Ableism & Racism: Disability, Race, & Trauma in Schools, 25 April 2021 at 4pm Eastern / 1pm Pacific. The corner shows the AWN logo - a large "a" with a dragonfly on it, and the words awnnetwork.org.

"Schools and the legal system tend to label these children as disobedient, disorderly, and dis/abled while simultaneously ignoring the voices of the children themselves. This pathologization then is perpetuated through the labeling, surveillance, and punishment of unwanted students along with the silencing of their voices."
– Subini Ancy Annamma, in The Pedagogy of Pathologization: Dis/abled Girls of Color in the School-prison Nexus

For many disabled people, school is not a safe place. Instead, it is a place where we are subjected to coercive and involuntary treatment, isolation and bullying from peers, abuse in the name of help, and constant surveillance and criminalization - all of which cause and exacerbate trauma. Black and Brown disabled students - especially those who face additional vectors of marginalization - face the brunt of ableism and racism in schools. How can neurodivergent and other disabled people make critical interventions and inroads into educational advocacy? How can we do anti-oppression, liberation-focused work within carceral spaces like the family regulation system, the legal system, and the educational system?

Speakers

Mahlet Meshesha, LCSW, is a school-based trauma therapist where she works with youth and families of Color. Her clinical practice is focused on decolonizing mental health treatment and addressing how oppressive structural and cultural factors impact mental health/wellness. She received her Masters of Social Work in 2019 from Boston University where she specialized in child trauma and social work leadership. Currently, she is obtaining her Master's in public health at George Washington University.

Jilisa Milton is an Alabama based civil rights attorney, policy analyst, social worker, racial justice activist, community organizer, and relational strategist. She has nearly a decade of experience working at the intersection of racial equity, critical race & feminist theory, poverty, criminal justice reform, mental health, and reproductive justice. Ms. Milton currently practices law in Alabama, implementing a project in the Black Belt that protects children with disabilities from entering the school to prison pipeline, and ensures access to disability-related legal services and health services.

Moderator

Lydia X. Z. Brown is AWN's Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs.

RSVP for "Disrupting Educational Ableism & Racism: Disability, Race, & Trauma in Schools"


Health Justice is Disability Justice: Disabled Perspectives in Public Health Research, Policy, & Advocacy

Wednesday, 28 April 2021, 5pm ET / 4pm CT / 2pm PT

Please join AWN for a discussion with Nassira D. Nicola and Emily M. Lund on disability justice and public health.

RSVP for "Health Justice is Disability Justice: Disabled Perspectives in Public Health Research, Policy, & Advocacy"

[Photo: Event banner shows a green smoothie and cut-open apple. There are photos of two people. The first person is Nassira, a fat Arab-American femme with light olive skin and dark hair, posing in front of a grey cubicle wall. She is wearing a charcoal-grey t-shirt, black cat's-eye glasses with swirls of translucent pink, and a gauzy salmon-pink scarf looped around her neck. Next to her scarf, her employee ID badge hangs from a yellow button with "challenge ableism" written in black. Her lipstick is an exact match for the color of her scarf, and her eyeshadow is the same color as the button. The second person is Emily, a white non-binary person with medium-length brown hair and glasses smiles at the camera. They are wearing a teal fleece shirt. The text says, Health Justice is Disability Justice: Disabled Perspectives in Public Health Research, Policy, & Advocacy, 28 April 2021 at 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific. The corner shows the AWN logo - a large "a" with a dragonfly on it, and the words awnnetwork.org.]

The COVID-19 pandemic helps reveal ableism in our laws, policies, and practices through health care rationing proposals, disastrous vaccine rollouts, and relief measures that have failed to assist disabled people impacted by loss of personal attendant care, forced to work in high-risk jobs, and disproportionately more likely to experience homelessness, domestic violence, and food insecurity. What do disabled advocates, scholars, and policy experts have to offer public health research, policy, and advocacy? How can disabled people’s knowledge, wisdom, and offerings disrupt and end unjust and inequitable pandemic policies and practices?

Speakers

Nassira D. Nicola is the lead Health and Disability Program Coordinator in the Office of Health Equity at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She has advised numerous programs within DPH, and across the country, on ways to learn from and include disabled people as both members of the public and colleagues. When not working (or when in long meetings), she can be found knitting piles of lace shawls and blankets for other people's babies.

Emily M. Lund, PhD, CRC, is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education in the department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling at the University of Alabama. Their primary research interests include interpersonal violence and trauma in people with disabilities; suicide and non-suicidal self-injury in people with disabilities; the experiences of graduate students with disabilities; and LGBTQ+ issues, particularly as they intersect with disability. Dr. Lund has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles and edited two books on these and similar topics. Their work emphasizes positive disability identity development, marginalization, intersectionality, and disability cultural competence.

Moderator

Lydia X. Z. Brown is AWN's Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs.

RSVP for "Health Justice is Disability Justice: Disabled Perspectives in Public Health Research, Policy, & Advocacy"


Past Webinars

We are working to publish links to recordings of all past webinars here. Each recording will include ASL interpretation, captioning, and a full transcript.


Disabled, Crip, and Mad Perspectives on Wellness, Healing, and Trauma

Sunday, 28 March 2021, at 5pm ET / 4pm CT / 2pm PT

AWN hosted a fireside chat with Azza A. Altiraifi and Shayda Kafai on wellness, healing, and trauma, grounded in Disability Justice in March 2021.

Event banner shows a photo of flowers and herbs arranged in different jars and a bowl. There are photos of two people. The first person is Azza, a Black femme presenting person, gazing over their shoulder at the camera against a dark background. Azza wears gold chandelier earrings, a yellow turban, and maroon-colored cardigan. The second person is Shayda Kafai, a light, brown-skinned woman with straight hair that ends above her shoulders smiles widely into the camera. She is wearing bright magenta lipstick and rose quartz earrings. She is wearing a plain, dark grey shirt and is sitting in front of a wooden fence. The text says, Disabled, Crip, and Mad Perspectives on Wellness, Healing, and Trauma, March 28 at 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific. The corner shows the AWN logo - a large "a" with a dragonfly on it, and the words awnnetwork.org.

What does it mean to be well when we are in constant crisis and trauma is ordinary? What do healing and care work look like against the violent systems of white supremacy, settler colonialism, and ableism? Join Azza Altiraifi and Shayda Kafai for a critical discussion of neurodivergent, mad, and disabled interventions into conversations about wellness and healing. What can mad, disabled, QTBIPOC people’s wisdom teach us about organizing around wholeness, sustainability, and solidarity in crisis?

Speakers

Azza Altiraifi (she/they) is a Black, Mad & Disabled advocate living in northern Virginia, and a member of the Abolition and Disability Justice Collective. Azza's work is rooted in abolitionist praxis, and a fierce commitment to the principles of radical solidarity, interdependence, and sustainability. In their full-time capacity, Azza works as a senior program manager at the Groundwork Collaborative.

Shayda Kafai (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. As a queer, Mad, femme of color, she commits to enacting the many ways we can reclaim our bodyminds from intersecting systems of oppression. She lives in Pomona with her wife, Amy.


Disability Justice & Access-Centered Pedagogy in the Pandemic

Sunday, 28 February 2021, at 2pm ET / 1pm CT / 11am PT

AWN hosted a fireside chat with Aimi Hamraie and Mimi Khúc about access-centered pedagogy and disability justice in February 2021.

Event banner shows a photo of open books arranged in a circle. There are photos of two people. The first person is Aimi Hamraie, an olive-skinned, transmasculine-presenting Iranian person with short, dark curly hair and rectangular glasses, smiles at the camera. They wear a blue collared shirt and blue and green checkered blazer. Behind them is a blurry green tree background. The second person is Mimi Khúc, a young Southeast Asian person with short black hair faced away from the camera, speaking into a microphone. She has a tattoo of a treble clef behind her ear. Her photo is by Tommy Piantone. The corner shows the AWN logo - a large "a" with a dragonfly on it, and the words awnnetwork.org.

Last spring, school went virtual for everyone from kindergarteners to grad students. Some college students had no safe place to go to. Parents and caregivers working in and outside the home have had to contend with competing and sometimes impossible demands on money, time, and energy. Some teachers, faculty, and staff have been pressured to return to in-person teaching in unsafe conditions. Many students have been craving in-person learning and community. Everyone has felt the demands to rush, and above all, to perform and achieve despite the collective trauma and mass death of the pandemic. And still the pandemic has hit disabled people at the margins of the margins the hardest, depriving us of resources, support, and care. This fireside chat between two leading scholar-activists will explore what access-centered pedagogy, rooted in disability justice, can offer us all.

Speakers

Aimi Hamraie is associate professor of Medicine, Health, & Society and American Studies at Vanderbilt University, where they direct the Critical Design Lab. Hamraie is author of Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (2017). They are co-founder of the Nashville Disability Justice Collective and Nashville Mutual Aid Collective.

Mimi Khúc is a writer, scholar, and teacher of things unwell and Scholar/Artist/Activist in Residence in Disability Studies at Georgetown University. She is the managing editor of The Asian American Literary Review and guest editor of Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health. She is very slowly working on several book projects, including a manifesto on contingency in Asian American studies and essays on mental health, the arts, and the university. But mostly she spends her time baking, as access and care for herself and loved ones.


Surviving Burnout from Ableism & Racism in the Pandemic

Sunday, 31 January 2021, at 1pm ET / 12pm CT / 10am PT

AWN hosted a discussion with Allilsa Fernandez and Dom Chatterjee about burnout and racism and ableism in the pandemic in January 2021.

Event banner shows a photo of extremely cracked and dry ground in the desert in the background. The text says Surviving Burnout from Ableism & Racism in the Pandemic, January 31 at 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific. There are photos of two people - a smiling Latinx person with short dark hair and a bowtie, and a thoughtful South Asian person wearing glasses and a Rest for Resistance tshirt. Under the photos are the names Allilsa Fernandez and Dom Chatterjee. The corner shows the AWN logo - a large "a" with a dragonfly on it, and the words awnnetwork.org.

Disabled people in Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian, and mixed-race communities live and struggle against the trauma of racism and ableism every day. During the pandemic, our communities have witnessed and experienced constant violence - in the medical and psychiatric systems, in the criminal legal system, in the educational systems, and in our own homes, communities, and movements. We are all burned out and far beyond capacity even though we are often on the front lines fighting for justice and freedom. This webinar will discuss what it means to survive burnout from racism and ableism during a global pandemic, and how we can offer care to each other outside of harmful systems.

Panelists

Allilsa Fernandez is a mental health and disability advocate and activist. They are currently Advocacy and Policy Senior at ENDependence Center of Northern Virginia, and member of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Shelter Organizing Team. He is a board member of the National Council on Independent Living, DREAM, and ISPS-US. She is also a peer specialist and aspiring lawyer.

Dom Chatterjee (they/them) is a freelance editor, holistic health educator, and the lead organizer behind QTPoC Mental Health. They seek healing through peer support, aerial arts, music, baking, and writing. Find the community-driven resources they organize on restforresistance.com.

Moderator

Lydia X. Z. Brown is AWN's Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs.


Abolition, Deinstitutionalization, and Decarceration in the Pandemic

Monday, 25 January 2021, at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5pm PT

AWN hosted a discussion with Dustin P. Gibson and Shain M. Neumeier about connections between disability justice and abolition in January 2021.

Event banner shows a muted photograph of large gates in a stone wall opening in the background. The text says Abolition, Deinstitutionalization, & Decarceration in the Pandemic, January 25 at 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific. There are photos of two people - a Black person with short dark hair and a beard looking directly at the camera, and a white person with short blond hair and glasses smiling. Under the photos are the names Dustin Gibson and Shain Neumeier. The corner shows the AWN logo - a large "a" with a dragonfly on it, and the words awnnetwork.org.

The pandemic has hit hardest and deadliest in institutions including jails and prisons, psych hospitals, nursing homes, group homes, and large-scale developmental disabilities institutions. This webinar will discuss connections between disability justice and abolition, explain deinstitutionalization and decarceration, and explore strategies that advocates and organizers are using to challenge ableism, racism, and other forms of violence arising during the pandemic.

Watch on YouTube | Read full transcript

Panelists

Dustin P. Gibson works in the tradition of deinstitutionalization and has worked with Centers for Independent Living (IL) in Pittsburgh, PA and both of the national IL organizations. He is the Access, Disability and Language Justice Coordinator at PeoplesHub, a Peer Support Trainer with Disability Link in Atlanta, GA and a founding member of the Harriet Tubman Collective.

Shain M. Neumeier is a lawyer, activist, and community organizer, and an out and proud member of the disabled, trans, queer, and asexual communities. They focus on ending abuse and neglect of disabled youth in schools and treatment facilities. Shain has worked with the Intersex and Genderqueer Recognition Project, the Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network, and the Community Alliance for the Ethical Treatment of Youth.

Moderator

Lydia X. Z. Brown is AWN's Director of Policy, Advocacy, & External Affairs.


Self-Advocacy for Survival: Disability Rights and Mental Health in Higher Ed

Thursday, 17 December 2020, at 7pm ET / 6pm CT / 4pm PT

AWN hosted a panel with Jess L. Cowing, Elayne R. Otstot, Natalia M. Rivera Morales, and Kenna M. Chic discussing undergrad and graduate students' access to mental health support in December 2020.

Event banner shows a muted photograph of a university library in the background. The text says Self-Advocacy for Survival: Disability Rights & Mental Health in Higher Ed. Join us at 7pm ET / 4pm ET on Thursday, Dec 17th. The corner shows the AWN logo - a large "a" with a dragonfly on it, and the words awnnetwork.org.

Students with cognitive, developmental, neurological, and learning disabilities experience higher rates of mental health disabilities, including depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Yet most universities do not provide meaningful, affordable, or long-term mental health services. As a result, undergraduate and graduate students often must advocate for campus-wide access and parity. In this panel, current and recent students with disabilities discussed their work to engage campus partners and advocate for improvements.

Watch on YouTube

Panelists

Jess L. Cowing is a neurodivergent scholar-activist living on unceded and occupied Piscataway lands. Jess recently finished their PhD in American Studies at the College of William & Mary and works in the areas of feminist disability studies, settler colonialism, and 19th and 20th century literary studies.

Elayne R. Otstot is the author of Public Health Girl, a website detailing public health in our current political climate. She is a member of the University of Texas at Arlington’s inaugural Bachelor of Science in Public Health class, and a graduate of the inaugural Disability Law Fellowship at the Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy, & Innovation at Loyola Law School. Currently, Elayne is community outreach specialist for the film Invalid Corps, and a board member of the Autism National Committee. Passionate about educating people about the challenges that many people with disabilities face on the daily basis, Elayne has also written for her university’s newspaper the Shorthorn, and served as a representative for the Office of Students with Disabilities to the student government at the University of Texas at Arlington. During her time as a representative for students with disabilities, Elayne addressed issues with transportation and safety, as well as advocated for an increase in the number of counseling and support staff on campus to aid students with psychological and other disabilities during their time at UTA. Recently, she worked with the American Cancer Society for its Mission: HPV Cancer Free program to design and present an accessible and educational seminar to UTA students about the importance of HPV awareness and address many of the issues surrounding barriers to vaccinations. Elayne also previously worked as newsfeed curator for the Disability and Abuse Project.

Natalia M. Rivera Morales is a PhD. candidate and Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellow in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh. Her dissertation examines gendered and racialized impressions of cognitive and somatic disability in Puerto Rican literature, medical culture, and jurisprudence. Her other areas of research interest include Antillean Literature and Philosophy, Bio/Necropolitics, Critical Race Studies, New Materialist Ontologies, and Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. She holds a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Global Studies from Loyola University Maryland and a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. Natalia is originally from Bayamón, Puerto Rico and has resided in the U.S. mainland since the age of seven.

Kenna M. Chic is currently a paralegal at a health law firm. She graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, where she studied Foreign Service with a minor in Disability Studies. Her greatest passion is disability policy and advocacy, especially as it relates to psychiatric disabilities. At Georgetown, Kenna had served as both the Vice President of the student government, where she created the Student Mental Health Fund to address mental health disparities students face while seeking treatment off-campus. Kenna additionally served as the President of Project Lighthouse, an anonymous peer to peer chat-line that provides peer support and information about campus resources. Outside of Georgetown, Kenna had served in multiple advisory boards, internships, and fellowships. She was previously a law fellow with the Coelho Center for Disability Law, Policy, and Innovation. She was a member of Mental Health America's first Collegiate Mental Health Innovation Council, where she was featured in their college program report, Beyond Awareness: Student-led Innovation in Campus Mental Health. Finally, as a member of the Jed Foundation’s Student Advisory Council, Kenna worked with Facebook on technology and suicide prevention resources. Kenna’s mission is to defend the rights of people with mental illness through policy, with her passion heightened by her work at the US Senate HELP Committee, the US House of Representatives Education and Labor Committee, and the National Institutes of Health. Eventually, Kenna aims to pursue a law degree to further her advocacy in mental health and disability rights.

Moderator

Finn Gardiner is communications specialist at the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University. His research and advocacy interests include education and employment for autistic adults, comparative disability policy, inclusive technology, LGBTQ cultural competency, and policy that takes into account the intersections between disability, race, LGBTQ identities, class, and other experiences. He holds a Master's of Public Policy degree from the Heller School and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tufts University. Finn also serves as a member of the Board of Directors at the Human Services Research Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to research and policy advocacy benefiting people with disabilities and seniors.


Before You Go: Enabling Access for Autistic Trans People in Healthcare

Wednesday, 28 October 2020, at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 5pm PT

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network and the National LGBTQ Task Force hosted a panel with Kayley Whalen, Finn Gardiner, and Noor Pervez about autistic trans access to healthcare in October 2020.

The Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network and the National LGBTQ Task Force are excited to share a brand new guide for trans autistic people called Before You Go: Know Your Rights & What to Expect at the Doctor and in the Hospital. This guide will help our trans and autistic community members know better what to expect when going to doctors or hospitals, understand rights and responsibilities, and strategize for safety planning, effective communication, accommodations, and more.

We hosted a live watch party of a panel of autistic trans advocates discussing autistic trans people's access to healthcare, health disparities, and advocacy strategies to challenge ableism and anti-trans discrimination in health care settings.

Watch on YouTube | Read full transcript

With introductory remarks by Victoria Kirby York (National LGBTQ Task Force), Sharon daVanport (Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network), and Lydia X. Z. Brown (Autistic Women & Nonbinary Network).

Panelists

Kayley Whalen is an independent communications consultant who works with organizations dedicated to social justice. She has led digital campaigns for numerous organizations including Sins Invalid, the Alliance for Citizen Directed Supports, Trans United Fund, Greenpeace USA, Casa Ruby and the National LGBTQ Task Force. She is a neurodivergent transgender Latinx advocate and writer and was Miss USA in the 2020 Miss International Queen transgender pageant in Thailand. Her blog TransWorldView records her experiences interviewing members of the transgender community in Southeast Asia and around the world.

Finn Gardiner is the Lurie Institute’s communications specialist. He is a disability rights advocate who is primarily interested in accessible communications, intersectional disability justice, inclusive technology, and equitable access to community resources including education, employment, and health care. Throughout his work, Finn combines disability advocacy, policy analysis and research, and written and visual communications through policy briefs, original reports and white papers, and contributions to research projects. His research and advocacy interests include education and employment for autistic adults, comparative disability policy, inclusive technology, LGBTQ cultural competency, and policy that takes into account the intersections between disability, race, LGBTQ identities, class, and other experiences. He holds a Master's of Public Policy degree from the Heller School and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tufts University. Finn also serves as a member of the Board of Directors at the Human Services Research Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to research and policy advocacy benefiting people with disabilities and seniors.

Noor Pervez is a community organizer who works at the intersection of race, religion, LGBT+ issues and disability. He is the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Autistic Self Advocacy Network and Access Director at Masjid Al Rabia. He previously led his campus LGBT+ advocacy group, Rainbow Guard, and gave a number of talks regarding intersectionality. His previous work centered on exploring the intersections of disability, LGBT+ and religious issues. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas with a degree in Emerging Media and Communications.

Moderator

Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán is the senior policy manager for AIDS United, where she brings her own unique intersectional specialties to the fight to end the HIV epidemic. Particular areas of expertise and focus are the issues affecting people living at the intersections of transgender identity, disability and mental illness from a social justice lens. She frequently speaks on discrimination issues impacting the trans and disability communities. She has been profiled in multiple national media outlets and has been published in multiple academic outlets. Before joining AIDS United, she was senior policy counsel at the National LGBTQ Task Force where she led the Trans/GNC Justice Project and the Disability Justice Project. She currently serves in the boards of directors for both HIPS, an organization dedicated to harm reduction for sex work and drug use in Washington, D.C., and Equality New York, New York state’s leading LGBTQ equality organization. Victoria holds a B.A. in psychology with honors from the University of Puerto Rico, and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. She lives in the Washington, D.C., area.


With gratitude for our generous sponsors

Our community outreach and educational programming is supported by the following sponsors:

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We also offer thanks to the many comrades, colleagues, and community members who have made our webinar programming possible, including Anna McLain, Anthony Alexander, Ashley Cohen, Cathy Renna, Chante Frazier, Cheryl M. Henderson, Desiree Kane, Gino Gouby, JaRon Gilchrist, Jayne Tubergen, Jeremy L. Brunson, Jess L. Cowing, Jessy Zapanta, Joshua Edwards, Kayley Whalen, Kyle Duarte, Shaina Ghuraya, Sharon Ploeger, Steven Nugent, Victoria Tejada, and Wendy Baquerizo.

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