Community & Cultural Organizing

Culture plays an integral role in the way we care for you. Bringing culture into all aspects of our work allows you to feel seen and heard.

Tautua Trans Leadership Cohort

Tautua is a Samoan word that expresses the cultural tradition of service to the family and community. The Tautua Trans Leadership Cohort is comprised of Queer, Trans and Gender Diverse folks throughout the state of Washington. The cohort aims to make leaders out of the QTPI community to assist in the organizations prosperity with programs, outreach, policy and law advocacy and more. Our cohort operates on an annual renewal. If you are interested in joining our upcoming open environment, please reach out to Ara-Lei Yandall at ara@utopiawa.org.

Talanoa

“Tala” means story and “noa” means to tie or bind. Through Talanoa, we are able to connect our stories and bring together communities for meaningful conversations. Talanoa aims to provide a cultural space to talk about current critical topics in our communities. Occupational Health and Safety of Sex Workers, Understanding Mental Health in our QTPI Communities and Pasifika Cultural Identities are just a few of our past Talanoa events. We invite you to attend our next Talanoa.

ROOTED in Culture

ROOTED in Culture seeks to provide a safe space for under-served Pacific Islander youth (ages 6–28) to freely express themselves through cultural activities and practices. We recognize that the Pacific Islander youth diaspora in Washington are culturally disconnected; therefore, it is our goal to reconnect youth to the lands of their origins by revisiting our ROOTS.

Climate Justice

We strive to serve our Pasifika community by spreading awareness through climate change, climate equity, and climate justice. Our goal is to meet other like minded individuals and organizations to shed light on the impacts of climate change at the local, regional and state level. We do this to provide and equip historically under served communities with support and resources.

Kurry Talks & Ask a Doctor

Kurry Talks is a monthly talk show where we highlight our Queer, Trans and Gender Diverse community and talk about how the pandemic has affected their lives. Serving as a healing, learning and cultural space, Kurry Talks provides our community a platform to share their stories.

Following Kurry Talks we are joined by professionals who have worked tirelessly on the frontlines throughout the pandemic. Sharing their expert advice as well as answering all of our viewers questions, they bring a wealth of knowledge to our show.

Voter’s Education

As a 501(c)(3) organization, we encourage everyone to take part in the democratic process. By building up our collective power, our mission is to act as trusted messengers to deliver non-partisan information to our community. We work to encourage eligible individuals to register to vote, build their leadership and advocacy skills, and inform others about local regional and national elections taking place, so they can make informed decisions about legislative policies and candidates in the running.

COVID-19 Outreach & Education

We distribute free personal protective equipment (PPE) and hand sanitizers for the community. Through a weekly social media campaign called, Friday Facts, we publish scientific based information regarding COVID-19. Our communities are often left out in statistics and information when it comes to COVID-19. We aim to bring cultural and identity-based information to our community.