J. Sarah Gonzales
Tucson, AZ


Master of Arts, Higher Education and Student Affairs          May 2003
The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology                                                               May 1999
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK

Professional Experience

Founder and Principle Consultant                                               January 2012-present
TruthSarita Consulting, LLC

  • Social Justice education development for youth and adults nationally
  • Development and implementation of workshops, trainings and keynotes
  • Focus on the implementation of art as empowerment and healing
  • Focus on facilitated dialogue as a means to engage the community

Director                                                                                               July 2004-October 2011
Racial Justice Program, YWCA Tucson

  • Program design and implementation for youth and adult programs serving 10,000 annually
  • Provide facilitator training for volunteers in Racial Justice Program
  • Data collection and reports related to program responsibilities

Residence Coordinator                                                                    June 2003-May 2004
Residence Life and Housing Services, Duke University

  • Manage 5 co-ed residence halls housing 500 residents
  • Supervise, evaluate, and train a staff of 18 Resident Assistants and 4 Graduate Assistants
  • Plan and coordinate diversity trainings for student staff and full time staff

Graduate Hall Director                                                                  August 2001-May 2003
Department of Residence Life, The University of Arizona

  • Manage a co-ed residence hall housing 190 residents
  • Supervise, evaluate, and train a staff of 7 Resident Assistants

AmeriCorps                                                                                          October 1999-April 2000
National Civilian Community Corps, Corps Member
Corporation for National Service, Washington, D.C.

    Served communities in need in the D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania area:

  • Renovated a wing of a homeless shelter to accommodate women and children
  • Developed an English tutoring program for a D.C. area community
  • Developed marketing campaign including:  flyers, community outreach, newspaper

Related Experiences

Interim Student Life Coordinator, Pima Community College, 2012
Youth, Rights, Sexuality Project Coordinator, EON LGBTQ Youth, 2012-present
Community Coordinator, Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, 2011-present
Participant, Border Issues Delegation—Nogales, MX, 2008
Facilitator, Student Social Justice Training Institute –Urbana-Champaign, 2008
Participant, Critical Race Theory Symposium-UCLA, 2008
Intern, Professional Social Justice Training Institute -Tucson, 2007

Programs Presented / Designed

“Queer Monologues: Youth, Rights and Sexuality” Wingspan, 2012
“Justice.Advocacy.Dialogue.Empowerment.: Social Justice Retreat” Pima Community College, 2012
“Indians Don’t Smile and Other Fables” UCLA Social Justice Leadership Retreat, 2012
“Stop the School to Prison Pipeline” EON LGBTQ Youth Leadership Retreat, 2012
“Transitions: Cultural Issues on Campus” GearUp, University of Arizona, 2012
Nuestra Voz/Our Voice Latin@ Youth Initiative” YWCA, 2010
World Indigenous Day” YWCA, 2010
Just Economics” YWCA Women and Money Conference, 2008
Human Trafficking” National Collegiate Leadership Conference, 2008
White Privilege: US History” YWCA Professional Consulting, 2008
Hate Crimes Initiative” YWCA Youth, 2008
Starting Racial Justice” YWCA NW Region, Professional Consulting, 2007
It Affects Me: Blackface Today” UA, 2007
Immigration: Conversations with Ron Takaki” YWCA Speaker Series, 2007
White Privilege: Conversations with Tim Wise” YWCA Speaker Series, 2007
Genocide: Conversations with Paul Rusesabagina” YWCA Speaker Series, 2005
Lost Boys of Sudan” YWCA, 2004
Understanding Racism” YWCA, 2003
Let’s Get Real: Anti-Bullying Program” YWCA, 2003
Annual Youth Forum on Race” YWCA, 2003

Awards and Recognition

Hispanic Professional Action Committee Rising Star Award, 2011
Outstanding Community Partner, AZ Dept Juvenile Corrections, 2010
UA Alumni Award, Distinguished Citizen, 2008
Who’s Who in Business, 2007
Youth Voice Advocate Award, Every Voice in Action Foundation, 2006
Tucson, Arizona Business Edge Top 40 under 40, 2006
Duke University Diversity Program of the Year, 2004

AIMHO Diversity Award UA, 2002

Blue Chip Service Award UA, 2002