National Board Members

William A. Calvo-Quirós,
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Jose Ramon Garcia,
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Gibrán Güido was born in San Diego and raised in San Ysidro, California. He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. He completed his M.A. program in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at San Diego State University.
Jorge Gutierrez is an UndocuQueer organizer born in Nayarit, Mexico, and was raised in Santa Ana, California. Most recently he is the founder of Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, a national and local organizing, political and cultural home for the LGBTQ Latinx community in the United States.

In addition, he has co-founded various organizations focused on social justice for the LGBTQ, Latinx and immigrant communities: DeColores Queer Orange County, the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance (CIYJA), and the founder of the Queer Undocumented Immigrant Project (QUIP).
Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr., co-chair elect
Assistant Professor in the Africana and Latino Studies
Department at SUNY Oneonta.
Ashley Smith,
Graduate Student
University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Joanna Núñez,
Doctoral Candidate,
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


Yovani Flores, co-chair elect
Co-founder of Phoenix-based Mujeres del Sol
Phoenix, Arizona.
Gibrán Güido,
Graduate student
University of California, San Diego.

Membership Coordinator:

Blanca Stacey Villalobos,
Artist, the PochasRadicales
Portland, Oregon.
Jorge Gutierrez,
National Coordinator at Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, Los Angeles, CA.
Yosimar Reyes,
Poet, Performer, Playwright, Public Intellectual.

Activism, and Scholarship

Art :

José Manuel Santillana is a Lecturer for the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research focuses on student activism and social justice-based movements, specifically in the areas of immigration, class and Chicana/o Latina/o queer experiences. His expertise is in the areas of Jotería Studies, Critical Race/Ethnic studies and Women of Color Feminism. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in Chicana/o Studies and his M.A. in Chicana/o Studies from California State University, Northridge. His master's thesis was titled "La Jotería de UCLA: Queer Latina/o Chicana/o Student Activism.” He also co-authored an article entitled "Jotería Identity and Consciousness: The Formation of a Collective" in Aztlán: A journal for Chicano Studies.
Blanca Stacey Villalobos is a queer pocha originally from southern California who works and creates in Portland, Oregon. As a woman of color, a pocha (an americanized Mexican), bisexual, and a gemini, her self and way of life have always been doubted by those around her. Villalobos' fluidity frightens, her 3rd tongue(spanglish) makes her less 'authentic', and she has been defined as an antagonist due to her cultural upbringing. Her work is a celebration of the various movements she inhabits daily. Villalobos is content with the spaces she encounters and feels that she should not be pulled to those 'either/or' situations because there are wonders beyond that. She is the founder and active member of the queer Latina art collective, PochasRadicales, which helps build community through activism & creative expression in the Pacific Northwest. Her free time is spent outdoors, organizing events & more recently spinning her vinyl and digital collection of Pan-American sounds.
Jose Ramon Garcia-Madrid is a gender non-conforming femme who lives and organizes in New York City. They were born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and grew up in Phoenix, Arizona.
Yosimar Reyes is a nationally acclaimed poet, educator, performance artist and public speaker. Born in Guerreo, Mexico and raised in Eastside San Jose Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. Reyes’ work has been published in various online journals as well as Mariposas: An anthology of Queer Modern Latino Poetry (Floricanto Press), Queer in Aztlán: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out (Cognella Press) and the forthcoming Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano & Chicano Poetry (Kórima Press)Reyes holds a B.A in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and is an Arts Fellow at Define American, an organization founded by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas(DefineAmerican.Com)


Art :

Co-Chairs elects:



Ernesto Javier Martínez was born and raised in East Oakland, California. He is a queer Chicano-Rican writer, literary critic, and a tenured faculty member in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon. For over 10 years, he served as a coordinating team member for the Future of Minority Studies (FMS) research project, a national consortium of scholars and academic institutions with a primary interest in minority identity, education, and social transformation (
His research on identity, agency, and subjugated knowledge has appeared in journals such as PMLA, Signs, and Aztlán. He is the author of On Making Sense: Queer Race Narratives of Intelligibility (Stanford UP, 2012) and the co-editor of two volumes of essays:  Gay Latino Studies: A Critical Reader, with Michael Hames-García (Duke UP, 2011), and The Truly Diverse Faculty: New Dialogues in American Higher Education, with Stephanie Fryberg (Palgrave Press, 2014). He is the writer of the forthcoming children’s book When We Love Someone, We Sing to Them (illustrated by Maya Christina Gonzalez) and he is the writer and co-producer of the forthcoming short film La Serenata (directed by Adelina Anthony).
Vikter Medina,
Program Coordinator at OneNTen
Phoenix, AZ.


Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr., is a Chicano Cubano born in East LA and raised in North Hollywood, California. He is Assistant Professor in the Africana and Latino Studies
Department at SUNY Oneonta. He received his Ph.D. in Chicana and Chicano Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara. He holds an MA in Chicana and Chicano Studies, also from UCSB, and a BA and MA in Spanish from California State University, Northridge. Dr. Alvarez’s research interests include queer Latina/o performance and popular culture, queer oral history, queer migrations, Los Angeles Studies, SWAPA (Spoken WordArt Performance as Activism) and decolonial consciousness. He has been published in the Oral History Review, Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, and in the anthology, Queer in Aztlan: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out. His forthcoming publications include poetry and prose in Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano and Chicano Poetry and Queer Chicana/o, Xicana/o Spiritualities Anthology both by Kórima Press. He is working on an essay on Mexican pop icon Gloria Trevi and her queer Latina/o fandom, an edited anthology on queer LGBTQ immigrant experiences, and a book project about, based on his dissertation, “Space, Identity and Memory in Queer Brown Los Angeles: Finding Sequins in the Rubble.” In addition to his scholarly work, Dr. Alvarez is also a spoken word performer and creative writer. 
William A. Calvo-Quirós is an Assistant professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. in Chicana/o Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara (2014) and a Ph.D. from the Department of Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University (2011). His current research investigates the relationship between state violence, imagination, and the phantasmagoric along the U.S. - Mexico border region during the twentieth century. He looks at this region not only as a socio-political space of conflict and struggle but simultaneously as a 2,000-mile strip of "haunted" land, inhabited by many imaginary creatures, monsters, popular saints and fantastic tales. His other areas of interest also include Chicana/o aesthetics, Chicana feminist and queer decolonial methodologies, and the power of empathy, and forgiveness in order to formulate new racial, gender, and sensual discourses. You can find more about his research, and teaching at
Ernesto Javier Martínez, co-chair
Associate Professor, University of Oregon

Conference Liaison:

Joanna Núñez is a queer Chicana artivist, teacher, transformative justice organizer, and first generation graduate student. She is a doctoral candidate in the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Minnesota. Her research interests are in Chicana feminist epistemologies and pedagogies, organic and indigenous knowledge, and oral histories and testimonies. Her dissertation is tentatively titled “¡Mi Mamá me Enseño!: Teaching and Learning Feminism in the Home.” She is a longtime member of Whose Diversity? a student collective at the UMN which has led multiple struggles on campus challenging the administration on issues of diversity and inclusion for marginalized students. 

José Manuel Santillana,
Lecturer in Gender and Sexuality Studies
University of Minnesota.


Yovani Flores is a writer, producer, and co-founder of Mujeres del Sol and Las Pilonas Productions. She was raised in Chicago’s Humboldt Park community, spent childhood summers in Puerto Rico, and lives in Arizona. Her stories are swathed in diaspora roots, memory keeping and the imaginations of a young queer girl. Flores’ debut short story, “El Lloron,” was featured on NPR’s Three Minute Fiction Contest. It won a second place writing prize from Curbside Splendor Publishing and was published in The Journal of Latina/Chicana Studies. Her work appears in Acentos Review, Drunken Boat, Latino Perspectives Magazine, Repeating Islands, Esta Vida Boricua: Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. Centro Voces: Center for Puerto Rican Studies CUNY, La Repuesta, La Tolteca Zine, and 5Q: Five Quarterly Magazine. She was a co-producer, co-writer, and a supporting actor in the award-winning short film Thresholds (directed by Linda Garcia Merchant).
Ashley Smith is a magical black unicorn from the lands Maryland and South Carolina. She is a senior at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas currently studying Race, Gender and Sexuality in the College of Liberal Arts. Ashley is a student leader on the campus of UNLV, analyzing and deconstructing the further corporatization of higher education in Nevada, studying the racial education/learning gap of marginalized students and looking at ways that NSHE can better address the specialized needs of disadvantaged students.
As a growing community activist, Ashley cofounded the Vegas Action Network (VAN) in 2015 and is committed to working on racial and economic justice initiatives within the Las Vegas community. Ashley’s current academic work focuses on better understanding and furthering black feminist thought/studies through intense coursework with professors well versed in the subject, and connecting researched experiences to personal narratives through art and writing. Their other academic interests include studying the changing rhetorical strategies of pro-life groups as they relate to the U.S. Black community, the increasing medicalization of fat bodies, and exploring the implications of a racialized body in post-Obama America. Future studies and interests include the crosses of Feminism, Womanism, & Comic Books, Media & Pop Culture Studies, and the Sexual History of Black Women and Girls. 


Association for Jotería Arts,


Frankie Flores,
Assistant Professor
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor