Events: Kritika Kultura Lecture Series presents Tressa Perez Diaz, Lisa Natividad, and Bachelor in Social Work Students (University of Guam)

March 12, 2019

Kritika Kultura, the international refereed journal of language, literary, and cultural studies of the Department of English, Ateneo de Manila University will host a forum with Tressa P. Diaz, Lisa Natividad, and Bachelor in Social Work Students (University of Guam). The forum is in cooperation with the Literary and Cultural Studies Program (Department of English, AdMU) and Oscar V. Campomanes’s Lit 193.38 class (Imperial and Postcolonial Nesology). The forum is titled "Political Status as a Determinant of Health: Positing a CHamoru Critical Race Theory Model," and will be held on Mar. 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Natividad Galang Fajardo room, 1/f de la Costa Hall, Ateneo de Manila University. The event is open to the public.

About the forum

This presentation will focus on CHamoru (Chamorro), Guam’s indigenous people, and examines distal social determinants of health [SDOH] in the contested spaces of US territorial status and CHamoru self-determination. CHamoru experience significant health disparities in non-communicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Indicated is the use of structural approaches that address mechanisms of US power and control. Critical Race Theory centers race, colonization, and subversive narratives. In line with fourth generation SDOH action-oriented research, we posit a developmental CHamoru Critical Race Theory model that weaves indigenous, social work, and public health perspectives.

Undergraduate students in their junior and senior year of the BSW program at the University of Guam will co-present with Dr. Diaz. They are visiting as part of a course on indigenous perspectives and social work in the Philippines. Dr. Natividad will serve as initial discussant for the presentation.

About the resource persons

Tressa Perez Diaz was born and raised on Guam. She is an Assistant Professor at the Division of Social Work, School of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Guam. She received her MSW at Hunter School of Social Work at the City University of New York and her PhD at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work at the University of Hawai`i-Mānoa. Her long-term commitment is to social work education, indigenous health, and increasing cancer survivorship in Guam and across Micronesia. She is dedicated to social justice, community-centered research, and the preservation of indigenous resources.

Lisa Natividad teaches in the Division of Social Work, University of Guam. Her research areas include militarization, indigeneity, and cultural competency in the Pacific.

About Kritika Kultura

Kritika Kultura is acknowledged by a host of Asian and Asian American Studies libraries and scholarly networks, and indexed in the MLA International Bibliography, Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Clarivate), Scopus, EBSCO, the Directory of Open Access Journals, and the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP). For inquiries about submission guidelines and future events, visit or email

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