Health Justice Futures
Bi-monthly evening Art & Lit Mixers
Our goal for this event series is to elevate community-grounded conversations about the various factors that influence health justice and fairness for communities in the Southwest, through the powerful and expressive vehicle of the arts. Health Justice Futures is a part of SHERC’s Fairness First initiative which seeks to promote health equity for all in the Southwest.
Recorded past events
2021 Sept. 29: Visual Art & Indigenous Health Accordion Closed
(Recorded on Sept. 29, 2021)
Guests: Liva’ndrea Knoki & Garrett Etsitty
Watch the recording Visual Art & Indigenous Health
Indigenous visual artists Liva’ndrea Knoki and Garrett Etsitty discuss the necessity of art in the mobilization of Indigenous communities for health justice, the power of visibility, and what health justice means in the context of Indigenous sovereignty, settler colonialism, and community-engaged research.
2021 Dec. 7: The Power of Art for Communities with Disabilities Accordion Closed
Watch the recording The Power of Art for Communities with Disabilities
(Recorded on December 7, 2021)
2022 April 6: Indigenous Feminisms, Environmental Justice and Health Equity Accordion Closed
Guest: Jihan Gearon
During this event, Jihan Gearon discusses how “Health equity means prioritizing the health of our full selves – mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual – and all of our relationships, including those with our homelands and Mother Earth herself. Prevailing values of recent history – patriarchy, colonialism, capitalism, racism – have made full healthiness all but impossible. Yet solving the challenges of today requires that very thing. Practices of reflection and connection, such as art, are tools to bring ourselves and our collective home into healthy balance.” – Jihan Gearon
2022 April 27: Nuestras Historias: Belonging in a Time of Displacement and Immigrant Health Accordion Closed
Guest: Josue Saldivar
Watch the recording Nuestras Historias: Belonging in a Time of Displacement and Immigrant Health
During this event, guest speaker Josue Saldivar discusses how immigrants find a sense of belonging in the arts, using creative writing as a vehicle to explore the intersection of immigration status, race, gender, and sexuality. This session will unpack what it means to live on the borderlines of identity, and how geographical borders and anti-immigration policy impact the wellbeing of immigrant communities in Arizona.
Josue Saldivar is an immigrant, LGBTQIA+ community organizer, and a DACA recipient from Tucson, Arizona. Josue has used the power of creative writing to tell stories about immigration, gender, and sexuality. Josue is currently a Program Organizer with Borderlinks, an educational nonprofit in Tucson.
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