Community Builder, Healer, and Social Justice Practitioner/Ally
Jorge Vidal is a community builder, healer, and social justice practitioner/ally born in Peru who has made the US home for 32 years. Over the decades, as a front-line worker, Jorge has been a witness to many injustices and lack of celebration for BITQPOC folks. Leading with feminine energy as a Latino man was not always easy, but magic happened when Jorge found power in his intersections. He has been a strong advocate for cultural organizations and peers across the US as a cultural leader. Jorge has built and led local NY programs as an Assistant Director and transfer the knowledge in 3 states he lived in, including Puerto Rico, DC, and Florida. In all, he has lived and worked with the Latino community in 5 different states. Within the domestic violence and HIV/AIDS movement, Jorge has contributed to policy changes within organizations, race equity consultant, technical assistance provider, mentor to cultural leaders, and speaker in numerous conferences around and outside the United States. Jorge values and fights the undermining of heart-to-heart connection that often is overlooked in our work. He holds a master’s in social work from Fordham University.