J Sarah Gonzales

Sarah Gonzales has worked in social justice education for over 10 years.  For the past 8 years, she served as the Director of Racial Justice Programs for an Arizona non-profit.  Previously, Ms. Gonzales was employed at Oklahoma State University, AmeriCorps Washington, DC, The University of Arizona and Duke University.  She received her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from OSU in Sociology and her Master’s of Arts from the UA in Higher Education.

At the University of Arizona and Duke University, Sarah created and facilitated diversity trainings for the professional and student staff within Residence Life.  In addition, she worked at both institutions to develop campus wide diversity programming.  Sarah was a recipient of the AIMHO Diversity Award from the Association of InterMountain Housing Officers in 2002 for her efforts.

From 2004-2011, Ms. Gonzales was the Director for the Racial Justice Program at the YWCA Tucson.  Over 60,000 youth and adults participated in Racial Justice programs addressing genocide, human trafficking, bullying, hate crimes, white privilege and youth activism using facilitated dialogue. In 2011, Sarah worked hard to launch Nuestra Voz/Our Voice, a Latino/a Youth Leadership Initiative to address issues facing the Latino/a youth in Tucson.  She has guided hundreds of youth to find their voice and make change for Tucson using art and activism.

Sarah is an alumna of the Social Justice Training Institute, a recipient of Tucson’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2006, recipient of UA Alumni’s Distinguished Citizen Award in 2008 and recipient of the Hispanic Professional Action Committee’s Lucero “Rising Star” Award in 2011.  She volunteers as the Outreach Coordinator for the Tucson Youth Poetry Slam, enjoys writing and performing in poetry and dance.