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Black & Brown Summit
October 2, 2021 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
This year’s theme is "Moving Forward Together" and the program features keynote speaker Yosimar Reyes, a nationally acclaimed poet and public speaker born in Guerrero, Mexico and raised in Eastside San Jose.
The goal of the Summit is to empower our students of color and other disproportionately impacted populations.
By offering a space to engage with the community, students may increase their self-worth, acknowledge their culture/s, and consequently excel in academics.
All West Valley-Mission students, faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome to join us in community.
Event for Staff and Faculty
Thursday, September 30th, 5 p.m - 6:30 p.m
Conversation with Yosimar Reyes
Join members of the WVMCCD community for an energizing and hopeful conversation with
Yosimar Reyes--a nationally-acclaimed poet and public speaker. Reyes explores the
themes of migration and sexuality in his work. The Advocate named Reyes one of "13
LGBT Latinos Changing the World" and Remezcla included Reyes on their list of "10
Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Know."
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Yosimar Reyes Bio
Yosimar Reyes is a nationally-acclaimed Poet and public speaker. Born in Guerrero, Mexico, and raised in Eastside San Jose, Reyes explores the themes of migration and sexuality in his work. The Advocate named Reyes one of 13 LGBT Latinos Changing the World and Remezcla included Reyes on their list of 10 Up And Coming Latinx Poets You Need To Know.
His first collection of poetry, For Colored Boys Who Speak Softly… was self-published after a collaboration with the legendary Carlos Santana.
His work has also been published in various online journals and books including 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 was featured in the Documentary, 2nd Verse: The Rebirth of Poetry.
He is a LAMBDA Literary Fellow as well as the recipient of the Undocupoets Fellowship. Reyes previously served as Artist-in-Residence at the media and culture organization, Define American.
Reyes has toured and presented at university campuses across the United States. He is currently working on his one-man show, Prieto, to premiere in the near future. Reyes holds a B.A in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University.