Dior Vargas ’09, Recipient of The White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy
Come learn more about this trailblazing Latina Feminist mental health activist.
Dior Vargas '09, award-winning Latina feminist mental health activist, presents a thoughtful and compelling narrative of her personal history with depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation and how she used her experiences to help others.
The talk will cover the intersection of race and mental illness, importance of people of color speaking about these issues with their family and community, the language we use around these issues and the effect it can have on others and the movement, and the improvements that the mental health care system needs to put in place to provide equal and fair treatment for all.
Attendees will leave this event inspired to become activists and advocates in their own mental health and the belief in using one's struggles as a source of power and determination.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Midtown East Location to be provided to registered guests.
Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.
$20 Members/$30 Non-Members
Dior Vargas is a Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist. She is the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, a response to the invisibility of people of color in the media representation of mental illness. She is a volunteer crisis counselor for CrisisTextLine and a co-facilitator for NAMI NYC Metro's Young Adult Support Group. Dior is the recipient of numerous awards, The White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations, a Voices of the Year honoree under the Impact category at #BlogHer15: Experts among Us Conference, 2015 Alternatives Conference Cookie Gant and Bill Compton LGBTQI Leadership Award. She was listed as one of the 15 Remarkable Women of Color Who Rocked 2015 in Colorlines. She has a B.A. in the Study of Women and Gender from Smith College and a M.S. in Publishing from Pace University. She lives in New York City.
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