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Jun 7

The Love Her Collective

June 7 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT

A community-academic partnership to address the needs of transgender women of color in Detroit

This workshop will present the origin, current projects, and lessons learned from the Love Her Collective. The Love Her Collective is a community – academic partnership between researchers in the School of Public Health and the non-profit the Trans Sistas of Color Project.

Since 2017, members of the Love Her Collective have been engaged in focus group research, in-depth interviews, survey research, program evaluation, and intervention adaptation and testing to understand and address the needs of transgender women of color in Detroit. Through lecture and group discussion format, this workshop will provide an overview of building and sustaining community partnerships. Insights and lessons learned for sustaining partnership activities will be discussed in light of historical events in the U.S. and internationally – including the Black Lives Matter movement, the increased visibility of systemic violence toward transgender people worldwide, and the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on communities of color.

Additionally, an integral part of the Inspire initiative is pairing advocacy, social change, and activism with skills that enhance a sense of well-being, focus, and interconnectedness. A short guided Mindfulness Meditation practice will be incorporated into the program.

Lightning Talk: The Love Her Collective: A community-academic partnership to work towards inequity with and for trans women of color in Detroit



Kristi Gamarel (she/her/hers) CEW+ 2021 Carol Hollenshead Inspire Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity & Social Change Award Winner is the John G. Searle Assistant Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education in the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Her research focuses on addressing health inequities experienced by LGBTQ+ communities. She is a founding academic member of the “Love Her Collective,” which is a community-academic partnership between the Trans Sistas of Color Project (TSoCP) with the expressed mission of holistically addressing the health needs of transgender women of color in Detroit, Michigan.

Laura Jadwin-Cakmak (she/her/hers) is the Research Director for the Resilience + Resistance Collective at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a founding academic member of the Love Her Collective. Laura is passionate about working with communities to create programs that equip community members with the skills, resources, and opportunities to create positive change in their lives that result in improved health and well-being.

Racquelle Trammell (she/her/hers) was born and raised on the Westside of Detroit, Michigan. She is a social justice advocate and Organizer in the city of Detroit, who wishes to abolish the injustices faced by trans women of color throughout the nation. Ms. Trammell has organized for Black Future Lab on the 2018-2019 National black census project. Racquelle is Vice President of Research and National Advocacy at Trans Sistas Of Color Project as well as a Researcher at University of Michigan School of Public Health working on a project the Love Her Collective.

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