Thu, Feb 21 | Community Room Oak Glen

Irvine, CA "Historical Trauma and Eating Disorders: What's The Connection?"

Come learn about Nalgona Positivity Pride, historical trauma, the white-thin-cis hetero industrial complex, and how colonialism influenced food.
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Irvine, CA "Historical Trauma and Eating Disorders: What's The Connection?"

Time & Location

Feb 21, 2019, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Community Room Oak Glen , 100 Oak Glen, Irvine, CA 92618

About The Event

Early arrival is recommended as parking can be tight

If you are entering from Alton make a right on the second Oak Glen St.

Make a right on the entrance then on the stop sign make a left. Park as close as you can to the pool/leasing office area

If you are entering from Barranca Pkwy make a left on the fist Oak Glen

Make a right on the entrance

Then a left on the stop sign.

Park as close as you can to the pool/leasing office area

In the case that gate is close use code 1001

There will be a Falafel food truck on the premises

People can pay at the door.

You can park anywhere

Follow the signs that read NPP Event

For the past 30 years, eating disorders have been represented as a white, middle-class phenomenon. Due to the lack of representation of people of color and indigenous populations with troubled eating, these communities suffer from high rates of undiagnosed conditions, inaccessible treatment and culturally insensitive practices within the eating disorder world/community itself. In this presentation, participants will have the ability to evaluate eating disorders through a social justice lens that centers the experiences of people of color and indigenous descent people. Participants will learn about historical trauma, and the white-thin-cis-hetero industrial complex. Furthermore, the facilitator will explore the legacies of colonialism on self-esteem, body-image, and food.

NPP workshops are sliding scale in order to meet people where they are at. "The economic concept of sliding scale at its most basic: people pay as they are able to for services, events and items. Those with access to more resources pay more and thus provide the cushion for those with less access to pay less, creating a sustainable economic underpinning for said services, events and items." Read more here:

All tickets provide the same service. Thank you for your support.

About Nalgona Positivity Pride

Nalgona Positivity Pride (NPP) is a xicana-indigenous body-positive organization that provides intersectional eating disorders education and community-based support for people of color who are struggling with troubled eating and poor body-image. After not seeing her own experiences reflected and the lack of cultural awareness in the eating disorder world, Gloria Lucas started NPP in 2014 out of an urgent need to create a platform for communities of color and indigenous-descent communities who struggle alone. Gloria first-hand experienced the isolation that comes with being a person of color with an eating disorder and the absence of services for low-income people.

NPP’s line of work focuses on uncovering the impacts of colonialism, social oppression, historical trauma and its role in impairing relationships indigenous-descent people have with food and body-image. NPP’s goal is to help people of color and indigenous descent folks find education and resources for self-empowering, resistance, and healing.

In addition NPP has:

been featured in MiTu, NPR, Bitch Magazine, Remezcla,Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Latina, and Bustle.

spoken in multiple national conferences including The Binge Eating Disorder Association Conference, National Eating Disorders Association, & The Fat Activism Conference

lectured internationally and has spoken at The University of California, Santa Cruz, The University of Texas at San Antonio, School of Social Work University of Michigan, and the University of California, Los Angeles

over 70k social media followers

collaborated with The Body is Not An Apology, Association for Size Diversity and Health (ASDAH), National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA,) and Trans-Folx Fighting Eating Disorders (T-Ffed).

Finally, NPP lectures, hosts events, hosts support groups, and creates social media content as a way to reach out to and empowers the individuals whose bodies are systematically at the margins of white/ mainstream ‘body positivity’ movements.

About Gloria

Gloria Lucas is a Xicana womxn from California and the founder of Nalgona Positivity Pride. Straight from the Inland Empire, the DIY punk community in Riverside taught her to organize and since the age of 18 she has helped create Ladyfest IE, IE Riot Grrrls, and Women of Color for Decolonization. Gloria has a background in sexual health education, HIV/AIDS services, and trauma & substance abuse services for women and transgender folks. In 2014, she founded Nalgona Positivity Pride from years of dealing with the lack of women of color representation in the eating disorder awareness community. Like the womxn of color that came before, she creates spaces for marginalized folks to support each other and heal from the trauma of colonialism, eurocentric beauty ideals, and disordered eating in communities of color. Gloria’s work has been featured at the Huffington Post, MiTú, Bitch Magazine, and The Body is not an Apology. She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and their cats, Pepita and Mister Orange.

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We ask our guests to please be mindful of those sensitive to perfumes/scent. Please refrain from perfumes/scents.

NPP will have merch for sale and preferably accepts cash & cards.

Event is open to all. Presentation content is for a mature audience.

We ask our guests to please be mindful of those sensitive to perfumes/scent. Please refrain from perfumes/scents.

All tickets provide the same service. Thank you for your support.

Gender neutral restrooms are available.

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