Co- Executive Director
Tiana Vargas (they/them) was born and raised on Kumeyaay land, also known as the settler-colonial city of San Diego. They are a queer, trans and nonbinary educator and facilitator that focuses on issues related to race, gender, and sexuality. Tiana directs a Training Institute in their hometown and has a passion for creating personal, approachable, and reflective learning spaces. In their role with Brown Boi Project, they are committed to creating nurturing spaces for queer and trans people of color. Tiana also loves walking adventures with their dog, board games with their chosen family, visiting the ocean, collecting art, daydreaming with music, and laying down.
Jasmine grew up in the Washington DC Metro Area and attended the University of Connecticut where she studied Urban Youth Development and Africana Studies. Jasmine has spent the majority of her career working as an advocate for youth in the Foster Care system, but has recently pivoted to providing administrative support for artists, activists, and organizations dedicated to social justice and uplifting marginalized communities. Jasmine is passionate about re-imagining current frameworks in ways that promote healing, transformation, and equity and is excited to contribute to the essential work of Brown Boi Project.
Financial Wellness Coordinator
Teré Fowler Chapman is a black trans activist, writer, educator in Tucson—by way of Sonoran desert | by way of boot’s bayou. This poet was the Words on the Avenue founder and the first African American executive director of the Tucson Poetry Festival. He is a National Arts Strategies’ Creative Community Fellow, and a “Bettering American Poetry 2016” nominee. He has over 10+ years supporting local organizations, local artists in reaching their fullest potential, while sustaining his own creative practice. You can find Teré or their work forthcoming or published in many places, including Huffington Post, University of Arizona’s VOCA, TEDxTucson, Tucson Weekly, Arizona Public Media’s PBS & NPR & more. Website: maroonwork.com | Photo Credit: Zach Oren.