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I draw from my own experiences of marginalization, as well as years of training in ethnic studies, public health, and sociology to consistently center unequal power dynamics. This has given me a careful eye for identifying racism, settler-colonialism, patriarchy, heterosexism, and other intersecting structures. Whether it occurs through subtle comments from students, direct statements of bigotry, or operates at the level of organizational and legal policies, I both feel and understand how exploitation functions. Further, I have been recognized as a champion for change throughout my community, as I serve on the board for two community-based non-profits and provide regular expertise for educators and researchers.
My research focuses on topics of: Medical Sociology, Community Health, Health Policy, Health Services, Equity, HIV/AIDS, Immigration, Race, Class, and Gender, and Social Movements. Being a Queer, Latinx and Indigenous person has provided me with distinctive depth for researching immigrant/Indigenous communities at risk for disease, as well as partnering with grassroots leaders in community-based research and policy work. Knowing that health access is simply unequal in immigrant communities motivates me to continue my work on ways in which healthcare agencies and social movement organizations can advocate for the implementation of equitable health policies.
I received my B.A. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2016), and my Masters in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2018).
“What I most appreciate about Mario his ability to identify immediate social issues and not only build from contemporary empirical research, but also draw from deep theoretical traditions. He, thus, has the potential to make contributions to policy makers, area-specific researchers, as well as theoreticians.” - Dr. Victor Rios
"La Gente Unida: Immigrant Health and Advocacy in California's Central Coast"
"Mental Health Needs and Assets of Monolingual Spanish Speakers in Northern Santa Barbara County, CA"
"Let’s be clear, there is no vaccine for racism. We’ve got to do the work.”
- Sen. Kamala Harris