Introducting our new Communications Coordinator

Introducing our new Communications Coordinator, Tina Helmstreit.

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Interview by Samantha Howell

NAPAWF-SD’s new Communications Coordinator, Tina, shared in this interview her passion for social justice and equity. She presently is working on her Bachelors in Sociology at California State University, Fullerton. Her so-cal roots, love for cats, and commitment to education are just a few qualities that she brings to NAPAWF.

1) Intro section: Name, where are you from? Neighborhood, how do you self identify? Where do you work?

My name is Tina and I am from Carlsbad, CA. I am a queer, yon-sei generation, Japanese American, hapa, cis-woman. My preferred pronouns are she, her, and hers. I work for MiraCosta College as the Administrative Secretary for the Counseling Department and also serve as a Classified Representative for the Student Equity Department.

2) Why did you become a NAPAWF member?

NAPAWF-SD offers the opportunity for personal and professional development, while also providing a strong foundation for social justice and equity efforts across San Diego County. I wanted to serve our local API community and help with solving problems, addressing issues, and advocating for change.

3) Why did you want to join the board as Communications Coordinator?

I have worked in higher education for over 5 years and have held administrative and management roles that developed a set of skills that are aligned with the functions of the Communications Coordinator position. I am passionate about equity as a sociologist, and my interest in community organizing and grass-root efforts for change led me to this role. I also have a critical lens as a bisexual, Japanese American hapa that provides me with personal experiences that I believe will translate well to the current efforts of NAPAWF-SD and our political climate.

4) You’re first NAPAWF event will be at the bi-visibility workshop. What do you look forward most about the event?

This event will highlight a topic deeply personal for me. As a bisexual woman, who is happily married to a wonderful man, I am incredibly thankful that NAPAWF-SD is facilitating an event like this. This event is important to deconstruct our gender, sexual orientation, and social constructs from a sociological perspective, but I am most looking forward to the dialogue on how bisexuals are received by the LGBT+ and straight communities. I believe that this event will humanize the real misconceptions and prejudices that bisexuals experience today.

SAVE THE DATE- REMINDER!!
NAPAWF San Diego Presents “Bi-Visibility Workshop

Join NAPAWF-SD on Saturday, May 28 from 6-8pm (location TBD) for our Annual Membership Drive & APAHM event!

With over 9 million LGBT people in the United States, more than half identify as bisexual. However, the high poverty, discrimination, and poor physical and mental health outcomes within the bisexual population—often at rates higher than their lesbian and gay peers—point toward an urgent need to provide services and support for this segment of the community. “Understanding Issues Facing Bisexual Americans.” Report, 2014.

As an interactive session for members and allies of the API LGBT Community, this workshop will involve a guided discussion around aspects of being non-monosexual within API spaces. Come prepared to see what our sexualities and identities look like on the Spectrum. an interactive session for members and allies of the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender (LGBT) Community, this workshop will involve a guided discussion around aspects of being non-monosexual within API spaces. Come prepared to see what our sexualities and identities look like on the Spectrum. Please contact Samantha at samantha.m.howell@gmail.com for more information or visit the event page on Facebook to RSVP. Look forward to seeing you there!

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