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Alma Trinidad

Alma Trinidad


  • Ph.D.
  • MSW

Alma M.O. Trinidad, PhD, MSW is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University. Born and raised on the island of Molokai in Hawaii, she is a macro social worker and scholar activist. She brings an array of scholarly work and practice in community development and organizing, policy analysis, organizational culture and processes, and collective impact in the areas of health promotion and education among diverse communities. Her publications have focused on critical Indigenous pedagogy of place, youth empowerment, social determinants of health and education, participatory action research, and leadership and mentorship for social change and equity. Other research and teaching interests include critical humanist design thinking, culturally responsible research methods, and faith-based organizing. She serves on several community-based organizations and grassroots groups in addressing issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Past consultations with government and other systems included collaborative and participatory processes for youth of color and historically minoritized communities.