Luis Gómez moved to the United States at the age of 14 from Veracruz, Mexico and currently works at the LGBT Center OC as the Immigration Resources Specialist. He joined the Center’s team in 2015 after obtaining his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine. A beneficiary of the California Dream Act and DACA, Luis provides immigration resources to local LGBTQ individuals and fosters increased awareness and understanding about the intersectionalities of the immigrant and LGBTQ communities.
Jonelle Strickland teaches research writing and first-year composition in the School of Criminal Justice at California State University Long Beach and in the English department at Santiago Canyon College, respectively. She is proud to be a Dreamer Ally and an advocate for all of her students.
Producer: Heritage Future
Host: Jonelle Strickland
Guest: Luis Gómez, Tony Ortuno, and Olivia Zoey Martinez
Audio: Brew Sessions Live
Creative + Cultural Podcast music composed and performed by Dan Reckard
Chapters is a five-part Creative + Cultural Podcast series dedicated to stories surrounding the exclusion, forced removal, and internment of Japanese-Americans. The program also parallels a narrative thread through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
This project was made possible with support from Chapman University, The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program, a state-funded grant project of the California State Library and from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit chapman.edu, library.ca.gov and calhum.org.
This episode was recorded live on November 7 at The Frida Cinema in Santa Ana, CA.