Joteria (queer) conference

Mildred Martin

The Third Annual Joteria Conference was held on campus on June 7. The event marked the first queer Chicana/o conference at CSUN, and it attracted students, community leaders and family members from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community and allies to the campus “(to) acknowledge and invigorate our collective and individual struggles to end all forms of oppression and exploitation: social, ideological and economic,” the mission statement shows. This year’s conference included free food, entertainment, educational workshops, two $500 scholarships and the grand finale, a caravan to Ritchie Valens Park in Pacoima.

The conference brought together people from all over California, including San Jose, Berkeley, San Diego and Los Angeles, not just to learn and acknowledge all forms of oppression, but also to celebrate the diversity of the community through art, poetry, song and Dance.