Togetherness: QTIPOC Dinners

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Spectrum Center and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) are proud to continue an initiative centering Queer and Transgender Indigenous/People of Color (QTIPOC): Community Dinners for/by QTIPOC. The hosts will consist of QTIPOC staff, faculty, and community members around U-M.





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CSG Chambers - 3rd Floor Michigan Union
Spectrum Center and the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office (MESA) are proud to introduce a new initiative centering Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC) initiative: Community Dinners for/by QTPOC. FREE DINNER will be provided to the first 15 students who sign up for the respective dinners. If there are more than 15 students signing up for a dinner session, they will be put on a waiting list. The host for this dinner is Dr. William A Calvo-Quiros.

Calvo-QuirĂ³s (he/him/his) is Assistant Professor of American Culture and Latina/o Studies at the University of Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in Chicana/o Studies (University of California at Santa Barbara) and Industrial Design (Arizona State University). He investigates the relationships between state violence, border imaginaries, and spiritualities along the U.S.-Mexico divide.
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North Quad Space 2435
Spectrum Center and the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office (MESA) are proud to introduce a new initiative centering Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC) initiative: Community Dinners for/by QTPOC. FREE DINNER will be provided to the first 15 students who sign up for the respective dinners. If there are more than 15 students signing up for a dinner session, they will be put on a waiting list. The host for this dinner is Linsa Varghese.

Linsa (they/them/theirs) serves as the Education and Training Program Manager, and they are responsible for the workshops, trainings, and MyVoice program provided by the Spectrum Center.
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North Quad Space 2435
Spectrum Center and the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office (MESA) are proud to introduce a new initiative centering Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC) initiative: Community Dinners for/by QTPOC. FREE DINNER will be provided to the first 15 students who sign up for the respective dinners. If there are more than 15 students signing up for a dinner session, they will be put on a waiting list. The host for this dinner is Emilio Rodriguez.

Emilio Rodriguez (he/him/his) is the Community Programs Manager at University Musical Society (UMS). When he's not helping facilitate outreach programs on campus and throughout Southeast Michigan, he runs a theatre company he founded (Black and Brown Theatre) for theatre artists of color. He also wrote a play about LGBT homelessness called Swimming While Drowning which was a finalist for the Portland Theatre Drammy Awards.
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North Quad Space 2435

Spectrum Center and the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office (MESA) are proud to introduce a new initiative centering Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC) initiative: Community Dinners for/by QTPOC. FREE LUNCH will be provided to the first 15 students who sign up. If there are more than 15 students signing up for a dinner session, they will be put on a waiting list. The host for this dinner is Saba Keramati.


Saba Keramati (she/her/hers) grew up in the Bay Area and moved to Michigan for her undergraduate degree, where she studied English and Global Media Studies. She has experience working in arts administration, publishing, and now student affairs. Her passions around social justice include multiracial identity, LGBTQ identity, and media representation. Saba is excited to meet students across campus, especially out-of-state students who may be navigating Michigan as an entirely new place, or students who will soon be transitioning into the workforce and have questions about it. Her hobbies include writing poetry, shopping at Trader Joe's and watching Jane the Virgin. 

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Trotter Multicultural Center

Spectrum Center and the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office (MESA) are proud to introduce an initiative centering Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC) initiative: Community Dinners for/by QTPOC. FREE LUNCH will be provided to the first 15 students who sign up. If there are more than 15 students signing up for a dinner session, they will be put on a waiting list. The host for this dinner is Amber Williams.

Amber Williams is the Assistant Director for the Community Action and Social Change (CASC) minor at the School of Social Work where she advises and facilitates student academic and co-curricular engagement. Williams' previous work emphasized student of color empowerment and self authorship through leadership in multicultural affairs and academic service learning. Her most recent work involves institutional leadership for diversity in an effort to create inclusive campus climate and culture for underrepresented populations. She also is passionate about contemporary campus-based activism and the role of student leaders in the transformation of higher education policy and practice in relation to diversity, equity and inclusion. 


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Trotter Multicultural Center

Spectrum Center and the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office (MESA) are proud to continue an initiative centering Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC): Community Dinners for/by QTPOC. FREE DINNER will be provided to the first 15 students who sign up for the respective dinners. If there are more than 15 students signing up for a dinner session, they will be put on a waiting list. The host for this dinner is Elizabeth Gonzalez.

Please register by Sept. 18th.


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Trotter Multicultural Center

Spectrum Center and the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office (MESA) are proud to continue an initiative centering Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC): Community Dinners for/by QTPOC. FREE DINNER will be provided to the first 15 students who sign up for the respective dinners. If there are more than 15 students signing up for a dinner session, they will be put on a waiting list. The host for this dinner is Kieran Todd.

Kieran Todd (They/Them/Theirs) is a Research Associate at the University of Michigan School of Nursing in the Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities. They currently function as the study coordinator for a project that uses home HIV testing and telemedicine counseling to increase the uptake of HIV testing for Black and Latinx men who have sex with men, as well as a home HIV testing project for transgender youth ages 15-24. Kieran has a background in economic and policy analysis, but stumbled upon the field of public health when they desired to work more closely with and for communities. They hope to continue implementing values of community and equity in research design and implementation, and working to involve more queer/trans people of color in research arenas. 

Please register by Oct. 16th

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Trotter Multicultural Center

Spectrum Center and the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office (MESA) are proud to continue an initiative centering Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC): Community Dinners for/by QTPOC. FREE DINNER will be provided to the first 15 students who sign up for the respective dinners. If there are more than 15 students signing up for a dinner session, they will be put on a waiting list. The host for this dinner is Jesus Espinoza. 

Jesus Espinoza (he/him/his) is a Resident Librarian at the UM Library. His position focuses on outreach and engagement as well as on instruction and supporting the Library's DEI&A initiatives. He attained his Master in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research interests are outreach efforts in academic libraries and anti-oppression librarianship. Jesus is originally from California and attended San Jose State University for undergrad. Outside of work he enjoys travel, running, the occasional Netflix binge, pop music, and drinking boba!

Please register by Nov. 27th 

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Trotter Multicultural Center

Spectrum Center and the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office (MESA) are proud to continue an initiative centering Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC): Community Dinners for/by QTPOC. FREE DINNER will be provided to the first 15 students who sign up for the respective dinners. If there are more than 15 students signing up for a dinner session, they will be put on a waiting list. The host for this dinner is Mark Chung Kwan Fan. 

Mark Chung Kwan Fan currently serves as the Assistant Director for Engagement at the Spectrum Center at University of Michigan. Born and raised in Mauritius, he immigrated to the U.S. his freshman year of college. As a queer, brown, immigrant man, Mark is a social justice warrior and Asian food lover while being vegetarian for 354 days a year on a leap year. He enjoys staying active indoors and outdoors, traveling to new places worldwide, and getting to know other QTPOC . He obtained his bachelor's of Arts in Spanish and French from Adrian College followed by a master's degree from Michigan State University in Student Affairs Administration.


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Trotter Multicultural Center

Spectrum Center and the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office (MESA) are proud to continue an initiative centering Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC): Community Dinners for/by QTPOC. FREE DINNER will be provided to the first 15 students who sign up for the respective dinners. If there are more than 15 students signing up for a dinner session, they will be put on a waiting list. The host for this dinner is Krishna Han. 

Krishna Han's (he/him/his) professional student affairs journey in the US took him from Oberlin College to Bowling Green State University (BGSU) prior to joining University of Michigan. Originally, from Cambodia, Krishna graduated from the Royal University of Phnom Penh with a dual degree in Biology and Education. After completing a master degree in Community Forestry at Shinshu University, Japan he pursued and earned a Ph.D. in Regional Environmental Resources Management at Hokkaido University, Japan. Krishna studied the impacts of economic development policy introduced by the World Bank to Cambodia in 1993 on the livelihood of Indigenous people in the northeastern part of Cambodia and traditional farming system. He worked with various international organizations such as World Vision International and United Nations Environmental Program before moving to the US. While in the US, he pursued and earned another graduate degree in 2003 in College Student Personnel at BGSU, where he served as Assistant Director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs from 2012-2018. Krishna is passionate about and an advocate for global and multicultural education, cross-cultural understanding, and social justice. He has a wide range of hobbies and is an avid world traveler. Besides his native Khmer, he speaks fluently English, Japanese, Thai and some French.

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North Quad Space 2435

Please join the Spectrum Center and the Office of Multi-Ethic Student Affairs (MESA) to celebrate another year of Togetherness: QTPOC Community Dinners! This initiative centers Queer and Transgender People of Color (QTPOC), and the hosts will consist of QTPOC staff, faculty, and community members around U-M. We are inviting all members of the QTPOC community to meet, mix and mingle, continue building community, and learn more about our QTPOC Community Dinners. You do NOT have to have attended or hosted a QTPOC Community Dinner in the past to attend! Light refreshments and games will be provided!

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