Healing Burnout Event

To whoever was feeling burnout yesterday, this event was meant for you. 

Yesterday, I attended the LGBTQIA+ Wellbeing Series: Healing Burnout event to help out with setting up the designated room and managing the sign-in table.

Alongside helping, I participated in the Healing Burnout event as I, too, was feeling burnt out. 

We had a trauma-informed holistic health practitioner named Tara Tonini, who hosted the event and taught us many techniques to use when feeling stressed. 

I learned how to identify my signs of burnout, how to manage stress, and how to reduce headaches and inflamed muscles. 

The workshop was very educational, and participants were able to share their specific stresses and receive pieces of advice from our practitioner, Tara.


Tara brought packets of dietary supplements called ‘Superieur,’ used to refresh and treat the human body. I got to try the lime-blueberry flavor, and I must say that it was really refreshing. Participants were able to take home these dietary supplement powders; I love free stuff!

This was a great opportunity for me and for others to have been able to participate. 

If you would like to learn more about Tara’s services, you can visit her website 


Supa Dupa Fly: LGBTQ+ Hip-Hop Til Infinity Fashion Show


On May 7th, I attended the Supa Dupa Fly Event held at the Academic Complex Theater at City Tech. 

I was responsible for creating a Sign-In sheet and having attendees sign it, managing the Gender & Sexuality promotional table, and helping guide the attendees to the theater. 

 Attendees were amazed at the G&S table and wanted to take photos. I handed out free G&S tote bags for whoever wanted them, and they were a big hit! We also had a raffling system for whoever signed in, and two winners received a signed book from our guest speaker, Dr. Shante Paradigm Smalls.

During my free break period, I watched a few minutes of the show and listened to two beautiful poets recite their poetry. Since I’m a poet, I felt inspired and moved while listening to the poems.

The models walking down the alley to show off their designs was a surreal sight. Many beautiful pieces were shown on the runway. Not only were the models wearing the fashion major student’s designs, but there was also a showroom surrounded by students’ textile work. I could see the creativeness of every design shown while I walked through the showroom. 


I am grateful to have been involved in this event, and I can’t wait to attend more! 

City Tech’s LGBTQIA+ Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Event

The LGBTQIA+ Wikipedia Edit-a-thon was a success!

A group of nine diverse individuals standing and smiling towards the camera.

Yesterday, April 11th, I attended the event to help out placing up directional signs, helping with the sign-in sheets, and greeting attendees at the door.

A white background image with a Wikipedia Globe in the middle that highlights the word 'LGBT' in a rainbow color. On top of the globe, there is a text that says 'LGBTQIA+ Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Event.' Below the globe is a text that says, 'You Are Here.'

One of the few directional signs that I made                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

An image of the outside of the event room showing desks, chairs, and attendees sitting.


The Wiki Edit-a-thon room 


An image of a table filled with books, name tags, pamphlets, and a sign-up sheet for the event.

The sign in desk where I worked mostly throughout the

event. We had free book pamphlets for attendees to take

and had an array of books from City Tech’s LGBTQIA+

section in the library.


The turnout for the event was surreal. Many dedicated Wikipedia editors outside of City Tech joined the commencement of editing missing LGBTQIA+ content on Wiki. Everyone helped each other out, and it felt like we were family.

An image showing a room filled with people using computers.                                                                                                             An image of two attendees talking to one another next to a table filled with catered food.

We had a guest speaker named Anthony Amiewalan, who shared his coming out story and presented his written and drawn pieces of work. I found his work very inspirational as his creations dived deep into personal feelings.

An image of two illustrated books written by the author Anthony Amiewalan.

         Here are two pieces of work that Anthony Amiewalan shared with us at the event

I wanted to participate in the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, so I created an entire Wikipedia Page from scratch for an artist named Alteronce Gumby. Down below, you can find the link to the Wikipedia Page that I worked on at the event.

Alteronce Gumby – Wikipedia

I really enjoyed this event and I am so grateful that I was able to attend and help out.

City Tech’s 8th Annual Science Fiction Symposium

Jaida Clouden 12/1/23

The City Tech’s Science Fiction Symposium was a very interesting experience to be a part of. While Emily Hockaday was speaking, her reviews about how pop culture’s thoughts about the representation of nonbinary people/characters in books/films aren’t specifically sought. She states that due to the lack of representation or disheartening views of non-binaries, many people view them as robots and not humans. 


In a conversation that occurred between Emily Hockaday and Marie Vibbert, they talk about the criticism being faced by humans being non-binary or gender fluid. They talk about the loss of depiction that comes with the custom. Marie states that there are a lot of depictions of robots to be nonbinary but not human beings. 


The highlight of this event was when Marie Vibbert talked about the cartoon television series Steven Universe. She explains how there are several characters in this comic adaptation that are non-binary characters in it. The reason why this stood out to me the most is because Steven Universe was one of my favorite shows while growing up. Every character is unique in its own way, and it differentiates from common characters used in TV shows. Steven Universe exemplifies Gender and Sexuality and is an ally. Overall, being a part of the City Tech’s Science Fiction Symposium was influential. 

Webinar “Freedom to teach: A conversation on Black and Queer/Trans Studies now”

Jaida Clouden 11/25/23


After attending this webinar, I learned the discriminative truth about Universities and the LGBTQ community. 

The guest speakers helped educate me about the lack of recognition for LGBTQ students and their climate of fear. 

A safe space and a welcoming community are needed on campuses. Without a safe space or recognition, LGBTQ students are inclined to face institutional traumas that affect the way they live and learn. 

Overall, the webinar made me feel empowered to want to help students.