Joaquin Chapar works with Washington State University as the Assistant Director for Multicultural Student Services, Counselor/Instructor for the Smart Start Program, and Retention Counselor for the Chicana/o Latina/o Student Center in the CUB 4th floor community in Pullman, WA. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from WSU and received his Master of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Born in northern Mexico outside of Tijuana, Joaquin immigrated to the USA, out of economic necessity, when he was thirteen with his family. Joaquin is always seeking to improve himself, the communities that surround him and enjoys engaging with and dedicating his time to give back to the cougar communities of support that are WSU. He is currently looking into Doctoral degrees at WSU and hopes to obtain his Ph.D. in the coming future. Joaquin is really passionate about people, cultures, technology, soccer and helping people see that they can, with support, be their own conscious agent towards their own liberation in the world today.
“Gender identity, expression means being who you are at the depth you want to be. I think there’s a lot of intersectionalities and multiplicities when it comes to identity, gender, sex, sexuality, attraction, spirituality, religion. I think it means living your life, being who you are as long as no one’s suffering or nobody is in danger. It’s being who you are. We try to deny it as much as we can, but we are gender expression, we are sexuality, it is how we came to be. It’s about being happy and enjoying yourself and knowing there is support and telling your story- that’s really important. Not to just scream it out, but to tell your story for the good it can do to other people, and the many stories that are a part of that.”
"I identify as a heterosexual male and being aware of the privileges to live in the world as a heterosexual in a heterosexual world is a part of my consciousness; it’s how I like to stay active. I always like to ask questions too, about myself, about others, about family and all of that stuff. Gender identity and sexuality is a continuum. We say in society everything is this or that, but it’s not- it’s on a continuum.”
“Ever since I started at WSU, being an ally has been an important part of the holistic approach to community, talking about those intersectionalities and multiplicities. When I saw that there was an opportunity to learn about the terms, I just made myself available to learn about the language and terminology. I never thought that I would need to apply it in my personal, immediate area. Of course in work, yes. But I didn’t think I would need to apply it in my family. At the end of the day I used the knowledge I learned as an ally though GIESORC ALLY training and it has made my relationships, families, communities and friends a lot closer and a lot stronger to each other. I am glad I get to interact, receive, support but also give back to our WSU communities.”
“The role of an ally is somebody who is there, who is supportive, who cares and who can push the boundaries in different directions. First and foremost it’s about the ally getting educated, being aware, staying constant and being curious to know what certain terms mean. To take all this knowledge back home and share it.”