Emcee: Marga Gomez

Marga Gomez was voted the 2021 SF Bay Guardian Best Of The Bay Comedian”. Last year she was voted the 2020 Best of the Bay Comedian and was an original member of Culture Clash. Marga Gomez has been featured on LOGO, Comedy Central, and HBO’s “Comic Relief” at the invitation of Robin Williams who called her “Amazing… a lesbian Lenny Bruce.” The New York Times has called her “deliciously cheeky.” She is also the writer/performer of thirteen solo plays which have been presented nationally, Off-Broadway and internationally. Her acting credits include the Off-Broadway Ars Nova production of “Dr. Rides American Beach House” (November 2019) and roles on “Sense8” (Netflix) and HBO’s “Tracy Takes on…”  NBC named her one of eleven “Out Latinos you should know.” She is an Artist-In-Residence at Brava Theatre, San Francisco. 
2019 Marga stand-up clip.

KQED July 22, 2020
“Within two weeks of the shutdown, Gomez had already launched the first of many virtual comedy shows, the format of which she’s tweaked with each subsequent edition. First there were midday comedy brunches, then afternoon “high tea,” a Cinco de Mayo bash, a birthday party doubling as a political fundraiser, and, most recently, 30-minute “queer quickies” with co-host, the fabulous Jesús U. BettaWork. And finally, at long last, live-streamed performances of The Spanking Machine, running through July 25.”
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New York Times July 15, 2020
“No Zoom window could possibly contain the outsize personality of Marga Gomez.”
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OmeDJ: Ome López

Since they began DJing in 1999 Omedj has become known for their infectious energetic stage presence & an eclectic pallet in song selections. Ome has performed and emceed in front of audiences awaiting Grammy-winning artists such as La Santa Cecilia and Little Joe y La Familia to other acclaimed acts like Ty Dolla $ign, Saul Williams, Chicano Batman, Las Cafeteras & Climbing Poetree. In addition to their DJ duties, Ome Quetzal Lopez is also the co-founder of Dulce UpFront, an award-winning multi-media art-activist organization, having produced over one hundred events capturing the attention of thousands of people. In 2018, Ome was awarded Inspirational Queer Activist by Queer Out and highlighted by Rise Up, alongside Alicia Garza & Bambadjan Bamba, as part of the next generation of activists in California who are actively creating and inspiring change on a local and global level. In 2020, Ome was awarded City of Fresno District One Woman of the Year in Arts & Culture. 

2021 Leadership and Scholarship Awardees:

Alejandra Melgoza

Public Policy Candidate Mills College


Alex Lalama

Ethnic Studies
San Francisco State University


Alexandra Orellana

Molecular and Cell Biology
UC Berkeley


Alicia Fisher

Political Science
UC Berkeley


Andrea Ponce Mata

Legal Studies, Minor in Political Economy
UC Berkeley


Belen Torres-Gutierrez

Psychology
San Jose State University


Chyna Oyola

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
UC Davis


Daisy Ortiz-Matias

Biology
Hartnell College


Erika Teo-Delgado

Masters of Science in Counseling
San Francisco State University


Estefany Meza

Political Science and Ethnic Studies
Santa Clara University


Fanny Camacho

Masters of Arts in Education
San Jose State University


Gisella Dircio

Legal Studies and Chicano Studies
UC Berkeley


Helvia Taina

Masters in Social Welfare
UC Berkeley


Ilyne Castellanos

International Relations
Hartnell College


Irene Castillon

Masters in International and Multicultural Education
University of San Francisco


Jacqueline Villalobos

Neurobiology
UC Davis


Karely Ruvalcaba-Enriquez

Social Work
San Jose State University


Katherine Zepeda-Arreola

Haas School of Business
UC Berkeley


Litzy Lujan

Business Administration
San Jose State University


Lydia Vasquez

Comparative Literature
UC Berkeley


Maria Rodriguez

Higher Education & Student Affairs
University of San Francisco


Marithza Quiroz

Learning, Design and Technology
Stanford University


Nathalie Guillen

Legal Studies
UC Berkeley


Norma Enciso

Administration of Justice
College of San Mateo


Samantha Rocha Silva

Electrical Engineering
Cabrillo College


Sara O Valentina Lopez Torres

Nursing
University of San Francisco


Silvia Garcia

Biological Systems Engineer
American River College


Socorro Galindo

Legal Studies
UC Berkeley


Stephanie Martinez Contreras

Chemical Engineering
San Jose State University


Susana Barron

Cinema and Digital Media
Stanford University


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