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Thursday, October 18 • 9:45am - 11:00am
Welcoming Remarks & Keynote: Dr. Lourdes Dolores Follins

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Like many in the United States, Dr. Lourdes Dolores Follins has had a number of careers over the past 25 years. However, her work has always been guided by a mantra she learned as a teen: Meliora (Latin: Always better). At this stage of her life, Lourdes Dolores is a psychotherapist, writer, and a Yoruba/Lukumi priest. Born and raised in New York City, she earned her M.S.W. and Ph. D. in Clinical Social Work from New York University. Lourdes Dolores has worked with and advocated for marginalized children, adolescents, and adults for over 25 years in a variety of settings—including CUNY.

Before entering the academy in 2004, Lourdes Dolores worked as a clinical social worker and an organizational consultant for 13 years. During the 14 years that she taught at Kingsborough Community College, she conducted a federally-funded research study about decision-making in Black and Latino gay male emerging adults. Lourdes Dolores also received several awards and fellowships which allowed her and her colleagues to conduct two higher education studies: (1) “Equity and Excellence: Exploring Facilitators and Barriers to Student Success” and (2) “Experiences and Perceptions of Historically Underrepresented Faculty at Three CUNY Community Colleges”. At the time that she departed CUNY in Spring 2018, Lourdes Dolores was a tenured Associate Professor.

Lourdes Dolores’ current research and clinical interests are resilience in queer and trans* people of color; female sex workers’ resilience and resistance; using Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to liberate people of color; and the experiences of historically underrepresented faculty. She has published several academic articles and book chapters, and her co-edited, award-winning book, Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation (Lexington) was published in 2016. Lourdes Dolores has a book chapter about sex therapy coming out in 2019 (Routledge) and she is working on a novel.

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Dr. Lourdes Dolores Follins

Like many in the United States, Dr. Lourdes Dolores Follins has had a number of careers over the past 25 years. However, her work has always been guided by a mantra she learned as a teen: Meliora (Latin: Always better). At this stage of her life, Lourdes Dolores is a psychotherapist... Read More →


Thursday October 18, 2018 9:45am - 11:00am
The Graduate Center, Concourse Level 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA

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