Dior Vargas, Chair

Content Expert in Mental Health

Dior Vargas, MPH, is a mental health activist with over ten years of experience in advocacy. She works with universities and corporations to discuss self-care advocacy, wellness accessibility, and diversity within mental health.

She is the creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project, a response to the invisibility of BIPOC in the media representation of mental illness. She is also the editor of “The Color of My Mind,” a book based on the photo project. Dior has received numerous awards, including the White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations under the Obama Administration.

Dior delivers speaking engagements across the country, and her work and insight have been covered in media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, Newsweek, and NBC News Latino. Dior has a BA in the Study of Women and Gender from Smith College and an MPH from New York University. She was born and raised in New York City and still lives there.

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