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Activist Mia Mingus to Give Lecture at Pomona College on Disability Justice

Mia Mingus to speak at Pomona College

Mia Mingus, a physically disabled queer activist, will deliver a talk on, “Disability Justice: Beyond Rights and Access,” on Thursday, October 6, at 7 p.m. in Pomona College’s Edmunds Ballroom (Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).

Mingus will explain what disability justice is and discuss the experiences of disabled people who have traditionally been excluded by the mainstream disability rights movement—specifically, disabled people of color, disabled queer women and disabled trans and gender non-conforming people. She will examine how those same oppressed groups are leading the disability justice movement now.

In 2010, Mingus was included on The Advocate’s “40 Under 40” list, for her work with the gay-rights movement. A Korean transnational adoptee, Mingus was named by Angry Asian Man among the “30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30” in 2009. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force honored her with the 2008 Creating Change Award.

Mingus is a founding member of the Disability Justice Collective and was a member of the Atlanta Transformative Justice Collaborative. She is currently working as the program director at Generation FIVE, a nonprofit campaign to end child sexual abuse in five generations. She was a co-founder and co-executive director of SPARK Reproductive Justice Now.

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Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges, provides its students with a challenging curriculum in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and fine arts, and an unsurpassed environment for intellectual inquiry and growth. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.