Queer Career Workshop Series

This Queer Career Workshop Series is designed to help students perfect their resumes, learn how LGBTQ+ folks got to work in various fields, and explore how to prepare for that summer job, internship or post-graduation opportunity.

Upcoming Events

Queer Career Workshop Series: BOI Meets Career

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Students can register on the Handshake event page.

Join BOI Meets Wellness podcast host Evolve Benton for a virtual queering the career workshop "BOI Meets Career."  In this workshop Evolve will discuss tips to make your LinkedIn profile pop, being your authentic self in the workplace, and queering professionalism.

Check out the podcast at boimeetswellness.com 

The mission of BOI Meets Wellness is to share the stories, entrepreneurial tips, and wellness practices of people who are born obviously incredible. 

The second half of the workshop will be a live recording the BOI Meets Wellness Podcast with Lex Kennedy, Zami Hyemingway, Dio Aldridge, and Maisha Davis. Four black queer professionals who are shifting their careers with their queerness and fierceness.  We will take a deep dive into their lives and journeys as queer professionals. We will wrap up the workshop with a Q&A.  

 Panelists

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Evolve Benton

Evolve Benton (pronouns: they, them, theirs) is a writer, speaker and healer that has a passion for social justice.

Evolve identifies as a black, queer, boi (born obviously incredible). Evolve is a prominent writer, speaker, & racial justice educator. Evolve currently serves the University of California’s School of Medicine as their inaugural Equity and Inclusion Program Manager.

In 2018 Evolve published their first poetry collection SIR: poetry dedicated to boihood & black queer love. Also, they co-produced their first independent film, “The BOI DOC”. Evolve describes themselves as an artistic spirit using creativity as a form of liberation.

Evolve earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Dillard University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with a LGBT Specialization and Master of Fine Arts from Antioch University of Los Angeles.

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Dio Aldridge

Student Affairs Professional and Real Estate Entrepreneur

Dio Aldridge, pronouns he/él is a Blatinx Trans man born in Limon, Costa Rica and raised in Southern California. Growing up in the household of a Baptist minister and Social Worker proved to be formative in shaping his passion and work in community building, engagement, education, art and poetry. Dio currently serves as the Special Assistant to the Dean and Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the School of Art Institute of Chicago and is also actively engaged in community organizing as the Director of Program and Operations for Pride South Side Chicago. Dio also recently started “Chosen Lifestyle Properties LLC,” an organization that provides sober living  housing for individuals who may not qualify for apartments due to socio-economic status, past non-violent crimes, or homelessness. Dio also sometimes needs a nap. 

IG: @dioald               Website: dioald.com               FB: Dio Aldridge

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Zami Tinashe Hyemingway  

Zami Tinashe Hyemingway is a Trans of Center healer, community space holder, and prison abolitionist. By day, Zami works as an Outpatient Case Manager for the re-entry community, working alongside those who are often seen as disposable and unworthy of love and compassion, learn how to heal, thrive, and create a new life for themselves. When not working as a case manager, Zami is a Wellness and Spiritual Coach, as the Founder and CEO of Spiritus Wellness, which provides an holistic approach to health and wellness for marginalized communities. Zami has a Masters in Social Work, a Masters of Art and Social Transformation, is an Ifa Initiate, Ordained Minister, as well as a certified personal trainer and nutritionist. You can find Zami’s free wellness tips via his weekly Wellness Wednesday videos on Instagram. Zami believes that if we focus on our individual as well as collective healing, then we will begin to create a world with more love, authenticity and kindness.

Social Media: Zami_SpiritusWellness

Website: Spirituswellness.org

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Sir Lex Kennedy

Writer/Director/Producer

Born in a highly religious family to a single mother determined to give her children a different life, Sir always pushed back on every box he was being socialized to fit into. Learning the power of his voice and advocacy through art Sor was able to define himself and design himself to be the creator he is today. Sir Lex Kennedy is a vegan, queer transmedia content creator who loves film, music, gardening and the beach and believes “ball is life”. Lex studied Comparative Women's Studies and Film at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA, before being forced to leave and finished his studies at the Los Angeles City College in their film program. As an artist and activist, Sir Lex strives to bring marginalized stories to the center of popular culture through comedy series and documentaries. Sir Lex has directed multiple short films featured in film festivals like Campus MovieFest, Outfest, through their inaugural OutSet program, and across the world, winning numerous awards.  Sir Lex completed a Sound Fellowship this past Fall for DISCLOSURE, documentary which recently premiered at Sundance. Lex worked as a Producer for Tribune Creative West/KTLA5 in Los Angeles, CA. He is currently working for ABC7/Disney until his contract ends due to COVID-19.

Maisha Davis  

Family Medicine Physician

Maisha Davis is a Family Medicine physician living in Oakland,CA whose educational path has led them through Stanford, Mills, UCSF, and UC Berkeley. They are dedicated to keeping the “art” in the “art of healing” by thinking outside the box and centering patients’ humanity. Maisha’s healing focus revolves around bringing Integrative medicine to Black and Brown

This series is co-sponsored by the Cantu Center, Alumni Engagement, and Career Center.

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