Born in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, William and his family migrated to the United States in 1998. Growing up as an undocumented queer immigrant he learned to adapt to new social and political circumstances that obligated him to hide his immigration status from society and hide his sexual orientation from his family. In 2010, he was accepted to the University of New Mexico where he was introduced to LGBTQ culture and history. During his time in school, he witnessed the impacts of health disparities faced by LGBTQ communities of color. With his passion for improving the health status of marginalized populations, he was compelled to create events that increased visibility and awareness of HIV testing and treatment on campus, specifically among queer and transgender immigrant students. After graduating in December 2014 and receiving Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), William has dedicated his efforts to increase access to health education and resources for minority communities. Through his involvement with Latinxs Revolucion LGBTQ in Arkansas, the MFactor in Texas, and the HIV 360° Fellowship, he has strived to assure that the health needs of undocumented, queer and transgender, and Latinx people are represented. In 2017, William was accepted into the Doctor of Pharmacy program at the University of Texas at El Paso. After completing his degree, William plans to continue his work with a focus on preventing HIV among high-risk populations. His aspirations are rooted in empowering individuals to valiantly advocate for their own physical and mental health.

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