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Dr. Minero (She/Ella) was only 5 years young when she immigrated to the United States from her home country, Mexico. Her parent’s brave and selfless decision to immigrate to a new country and leave everyone and everything they knew, has influenced her passion to seek justice and liberation for those implicated by racist, heterosexist, cissexist, classist and related injustices. Growing up as a queer, undocumented, Latinx and gender expansive muXer of color, she has witnessed firsthand how systemic and structural discrimination and violence impedes the wellbeing of diverse communities. She has dedicated her life-affirming work to abolishing detention and systems that adversely impact undocumented, queer, trans, immigrant, communities of color and seeks to build a community centered on healing, love, and liberation.

Dr. Minero co-founded the first university organization for undocumented students in Wisconsin, DREAMERS of UW-Madison which later grew into the first state-level organization in Wisconsin for undocumented students. Dr. Minero has been featured on Fusion for her advocacy related to campus sanctuaries having co-written one of the first campus sanctuary petitions to be circulated nationwide by-which various other petitions were modeled after 45th was elected President. Dr. Minero has actively participated in city council meetings providing testimonies for city ordinances, engages with her senators and congress members advocating for a comprehensive, humane and inclusive immigration reform and has taken several advocacy trips to Washington D.C. to fight for various immigration relief policies alongside United We Dream and the American Psychological Association.

In addition to community organizing, Dr. Minero has received distinguished academic, clinical, and research training. She earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison in August of 2020. She contributed to scientific studies used to inform national policy as a 2019 Christine Mirzayan Science Policy and Technology Fellow with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Her research with undocumented and asylum-seeking transgender immigrants and the intersections of transphobia, racism, and state-sanctioned violence was supported by Ford Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships and subsequent dissertation awards via the Association for Hispanics in Higher Education and the National Latinx Psychological Association. Dr. Minero presently provides bilingual/bicultural, trauma-informed, LGBTQ+ affirming, and evidenced-based mental health services via her independent practice, Yolotl Libre Therapy, Training, and Consulting.

Dr. Minero has extensive experience delivering keynote speeches, facilitating trainings and workshops, teaching and educating national and international audiences ( e.g., non-profits, k-12 and higher education professionals, hospitals, mental health providers, advocates, organizers, government staff, and students) on anti-racism, racial equity, advocacy, and effectively serving undocumented, immigrant, Latinx, and LGBTQ+ communities. Scroll below for prior speeches and workshops that Dr. Minero has delivered. Dr. Minero is available to curate a workshop according to individual/organizations needs.

  • Role
    Mental Health Professional, Mental Health Advocate
  • Pronouns
  • Languages
    English, Hablo Español
  • Gender
    Gender Fluid, Gender Nonconforming, Genderqueer
  • Sexual Orientation
    Same-Gender Loving
  • Speaking Engagements
    Workshop, Panel, Keynote, Moderator, Support Group
Top 6 Most Requested Speaking Topics
  • Anti-Racism
  • Racial Equity
  • Intersectionality
  • LGBTQ+ Affirming Care
  • Gender Inclusive Practices
  • Trauma-Informed Care
Trainings/Workshops Offered
  • Upcoming free workshop: Suicide Prevention: Decolonizing our Understanding of 2SQT Communities: Why Intersectionality Matters Virtual Workshop Webinar, 1/25/23, 1pm-2:00pmPST to register visit
  • Two-Spirit Queer and Trans Affirming Support: Celebrating and Highlighting Historical Strengths and Resistance
  • Examining our Axises of Power and Oppression: Why Intersectionality Matters
  • Provision of Mental Health Services with Undocumented Latinx Populations: An Anti-racist Approach
  • Rising, Reclaiming, and Resisting: Decolonizing our Leadership
  • UndocuLiberation and Resistance: Coping, Healing and Beyond
  • Gender Inclusive and LGBTQ+ Affirming Spanish
  • Additional Mental Health Topics available upon request (e.g., communication skills,  rigorous research with vulnerable communities, first generation student mental health)
  • Institution
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Degree
    PhD Counseling Psychology
  • 21213 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, California 90503, United States

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