Indigenous Wellness Research Institute

INSPIRE - Cohort 2

August 12, 2022

Antonia R.G. Alvarez, LMSW, PhD

Dr. Alvarez has been an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, Portland State University, since 2019. Her research interests include health and health disparities in Indigenous and minority communities, including racial/ethnic minority communities as well as sexual orientation/gender identity minority communities. Dr. Alvarez practices arts-based, qualitative, and community-driven research and evaluation.

Joanna La Torre, LCSW

Jo La Torre is a doctoral student at the University of Washington School of Social Work and expects to graduate in 2025. Her interests include decolonization, diasporic Filipino/x/a’s, mental / health disparities for Black, Indigenous, people of color, sovereignty of Indigenous peoples, and LGBTQ individuals.

November 20, 2020

Jessica Saniġaq Ullrich, PhD (Nome Eskimo Community)

Jessica Saniġaq holds a doctorate degree in Social Welfare from the University of Washington. Her social work background is in the field of child welfare. She is an Inupiaq tribal member of Nome Eskimo Community.

April 6, 2017

Angela Fernandez, PhD, MPH, LCSW (Menominee)

Angela Fernandez, PhD

Angela Fernandez, PhD, MSW, LICSW, is originally from the Menominee Indian Reservation in northeastern Wisconsin. She completed her BSW at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her MSW and PhD at the University of Washington. She served as a Youth Development Worker in the Children, Youth and Families Program during her two years of service in…