Latina feminist mental health activist and suicide attempt survivor.
Dior Vargas is a Latina feminist mental health activist and suicide attempt survivor. Dior is a member of NAMI - NYC Metro’s Young Professionals Advisory Board and a member of the Third Wave Legacy Council. She was chosen as a member of the 2014 class of the Women's Media Center's media training program, Progressive Women's Voices. In the fall of 2013, she was an Advisory Board Member of a project by Suzanne Lacy called "Between the Door and the Street". She was a steering committee member of the New York Chapter of National Women's Liberation. There she took part in the flash mobs in various pharmacies in the city because of the many restrictions that were/still are placed on the morning after pill.
In 2012, Dior organized the first Feminist General Assembly in New York City with Women Occupying Wall Street. She was involved in Occupy the Stage, which was created by Occupy Wall Street and The Forum Project. She worked on a dialogic performance series using forum theatre to discuss the issues of oppression that are important to the Occupy movement. She underwent board member training in a program from the Stonewall Community Foundation called Out in Front NY. She has a B.A. in the Study of Women and Gender from Smith College and an M.S. in Publishing from Pace University. She is a proud Feminist Latina and wants to remove the stigma of mental illness in the Latino community. She wants to work with other women of color feminists to advance their community as a whole. She is a native New Yorker and currently lives in Manhattan.