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Speaking at the Gender and Sexuality Center at UT October 20, 2009

I was asked to speak about my life as a young women activist celebrating the National Young Women’s Day of Action!

GSC to Host Celebration of National Young Women¹s Day of Action

EVENT:

The Gender and Sexuality Center at the University of Texas presents speaker

Erika González, co-director of People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her

Resources (PODER)

WHEN: Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

WHERE:

Santa Rita Room, Texas Union

DETAILS:

As co-director of PODER, Erika González, coordinates all youth-related activities and is co-coordinator of PODER¹s Nahui Ollin Healthy Communities project and other projects around transportation and juvenile justice. PODER

works to reorganize environmental issues as social and economic justice issues and empower communities through education, advocacy, and action. The group also increases the participation of communities of color in corporate

and government decision making.

González is a board member of the Highlander Research and Education Center and is a core group member of the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice¹s Youth Leadership Development Campaign. She also teaches theatre at an elementary afterschool program and co-facilitates poetry workshops at Johnston High School through Red Salmon Arts, Save Our Youth

Program (SOY). She has a B.A. in Elementary Education and a minor in Psychology from St. Edward¹s University through the College Assistance Migrant Program and is also a poet and a flautist.

EVENT SPONSORS:

The Gender and Sexuality Center, a unit of the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at UT Austin, provides safe spaces for all members of the UT Austin community to explore, organize, and promote learning around issues of gender and sexuality. The center also facilitates a greater responsiveness to the needs of women and the LGBTQ communities through

education, outreach and advocacy.

Support for event also received from the Center for Women and Gender Studies, Multicultural Information Center, and the Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.

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