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Sanctuary Spaces

September 28, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


When it comes to sanctuary spaces for the LGBTQIA community, often times these spaces are found in realms of art, athletics, or various social pockets in the community. Sanctuary spaces offer refuge and a sense of freedom, but what happens when these spaces end up excluding parts of the community or are no longer safe? What are the actual characteristics of a sanctuary space and how do people create their own safe space? The Hinckley panel discussion will address these topics with esteemed panelists from the campus community and the local Salt Lake community.

This is a PIZZA & POLITICS event.


C. Kai Martinez-Medina

Director for the LGBT Resource Center
C. Kai Medina-Martinez serves as the director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center at the University of Utah, is licensed clinical social worker and is an adjunct instructor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University. In 2010 Kai was the recipient of the Pete Suazo Community Justice Award in the area of Individual and Community Empowerment. A first generation college graduate, Kai received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master of Social Work from the University of Utah, and is a doctoral student in Education Leadership and Policy.

Dr. Ana Maria Lopez

Associate Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Health Sciences
Dr. Lopez is Director, Cancer Health Equity at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Lopez is a member of the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program. Dr. Lopez has cared for patients with all types of cancer since 1996 and specializes in women’s cancers and integrative oncology. Dr. Lopez has more than 70 peer-reviewed original articles in her area of investigation.

Darin Hathaway

Theatre Arts Educator, Judge Memorial Catholic High School
Darin Hathaway is currently the Theatre and Technical Theatre teacher at Judge Memorial Catholic High School. Previously he was at Granite High School in the Granite School District. For the past 16 years, Darin has taught and directed at the Youth Theatre at the University of Utah. He directed the world premiere of YTUU’s Viral for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Currently, Darin sits on the Utah Theatre Association’s board which helps bring in theatre artists from the around the country to work with Utah high school and jr. high theatre students.

Romeo Jackson

University of Utah, Graduate Student
Romeo Jackson is a black, queer, non-binary, feminist who is dedicated to intersectional justice and cross movement building. They have been a fellow with: Campus Pride, the Arcus Foundation, and Young People 4; and has interned with: NIU’s Community Standards & Student Conduct, The National Center for Transgender Equality, the Office of Congresswoman Gwen Moore in DC., and NIU’s Career Services. While at NIU, they were the Director of Culture Affairs for NIU’s Student Association and a student staff for NIU’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. Romeo also serves on the National Advisory Council for the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, on the Young People 4 Advisory Board, and is the President of the Campus Pride National Advisory Board. Named one of the 100 Black and LGBT-SGL leaders to watch, Romeo is committed to uplifting and empowering queer and trans people of color through a black queer critical feminist lens.

Kira Kiko Lian, School for Cultural and Social Transformation (Moderator)


September 28, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Hinckley Caucus Room (GC 2018)
260 Central Campus Drive, Room 2018
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
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