Navigating Mainstream: Reflections from Cultural Leaders
Organizations spend a lot of time researching, strategizing, and working together to serve our communities better. But what about the team in our organizations; what conditions must shift to create a more compassionate, equitable space? Join us for an interactive question and answer conversation with cultural leaders who will self-reflect on their journey and share strategies they have developed to survive in systems not created with them in mind. A collective intersectional space that affirms and supports healing is needed now more than ever. This session is moderated by Olga Trujillo, and features panelist Jorge Vidal and Jeigh Billingy.
Olga Trujillo is Caminar Latino’s lead staff for the National Resource Center for Reaching Victims and supports the work of the NRC, policy makers, systems and programs nationally on a number of issues including creating culturally responsive, trauma informed services, enhancing services and responses to Latino victims, and improving services to victims with invisible disabilities such as trauma and dissociative disorders. Olga’s legal experience also enhances her work with lawyers and courts to develop trauma informed legal advocacy and courts.
Olga Trujillo is the Director of Education and Social Change at Latinos United for Peace and Equity, a project of Caminar Latino. Olga is an attorney, trainer, internationally renowned speaker and author who has devoted her career to helping advocates, first responders and others in the field better understand the impact of trauma on survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and human trafficking and one of a handful speakers in the US to address the issue of Dissociative Identity Disorder from a lived experience of diagnoses and healing. Olga intertwines the role of culture, and in particular Latino culture into every presentation, training or technical assistance opportunity.
For more than 10 years, Jorge has worked in the social work field at various non-profit and public interest organizations, promoting the rights and dignity of immigrants, people living with HIV/AIDS, and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and communities. He has worked with the Latino community from diverse settings that include Washington DC, Connecticut, New York, and Puerto Rico. Jorge earned his Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University.
Jeigh is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, founder and director at Suspire, LLC. She specializes in crisis response, trauma and emergency management. Jeigh was trained as an Emergency Medical Technician in Southern California, and then came to Chattanooga where she earned her Bachelors in Social Work, and Masters of Social Work. She has worked in crisis and emergency management providing direct care and crisis response for over a decade. She also trains groups, organizations, individuals and families in how to prepare for and respond to crisis and trauma from a culturally inclusive lens. Jeigh works with groups and systems to understand diversity and bias as it relates to appropriate trauma informed response. In her free time, Jeigh enjoys hiking, baking, cooking ethnic foods and singing. She enjoys gardening and can often be found on her porch tending to her apartment garden.⠀