“Carlos was by far the most engaging and inspiring poet I have ever seen.”
Drew Donica, Lawrence University

why book carlos andrés gómez?

poet. speaker. educator.

Carlos Andrés Gómez draws from his eclectic expertise—as an award-winning solo performer, trained facilitator, public speaker, and educator⁠—to create one of the most sought-after and captivating programs you will ever see. Most frequently, Carlos is brought to schools and organizations to craft a keynote or performance that engages diversity, equity, and inclusion or healthy masculinity and gender equity.

Carlos’ work is informed by best practices in diversity education and utilizes interactive exchange, facilitated dialogue, and storytelling. Those critical tools, along with improv, spoken word poetry, and humor, are used to create a program unlike any other.

carlos’ programs & learning outcomes:

*Download the ‘CAG school program writeups’ under attachments for more information on each program!*

reimagining gender: beyond socialized roles, beyond the binary

After attending, participants will:

  • Comprehend concepts related to gender, equity, and inclusion.

  • Build competency and awareness about unconscious gender bias, sexism, and transphobia.

  • Examine the effect of friends, family, culture, technology, and media on behavior and ways of thinking, as it relates to gender.

  • Identify concrete strategies to counteract unconscious gender bias, sexism, and transphobia.

our intersecting selves: diversity, identity, equity, & inclusion

After attending, participants will:

  • Comprehend concepts related to diversity, social identity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Build cultural competency and awareness about unconscious bias, structural and systemic inequity, and intersectionality.

  • Examine the effect of friends, family, culture, technology, and media on behavior and ways of thinking, particularly as it relates to social identity.

  • Identify concrete strategies to counteract unconscious bias and structural inequity.

writing through: storytelling toward social justice

After attending, participants will:

  • Comprehend concepts and strategies related to writing memoir and personal storytelling, as well as equity and inclusion.

  • Analyze the influence of socialized roles and cultural norms on creating unconscious bias and structural and systemic inequity.

  • Examine their role in being complicit with behaviors and ways of thinking that promote inequity or exclusion.

tailored workshop for your school (adaptable for your needs)

We have a wide range of additional program offerings. Please tell us, as specifically as possible, what you would like us to address and what outcomes you are hoping for. From there, and with your guidance and input, we can craft a workshop that honors your particular vision during our visit to your school.

who is carlos andrés gómez?

He has performed and delivered keynotes at more than 600 colleges and universities across 46 U.S. states, collaborated with John Legend on a project to counteract bullying, and drew a standing ovation at the Obama White House. Carlos is a passionate advocate for healthy masculinity and equity, and a former social worker and public school teacher. He is also the author of the memoir “Man Up: Reimagining Modern Manhood” (Penguin Random House, 2012) and “Fractures,” (selected by Natasha Trethewey as the winner of the 2019–20 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry). A star of HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam,” you may recognize Carlos from his viral poems, “Where are you really from?” and “What Latino Looks Like,” which have garnered millions of views online.

Carlos was named 2016 Best Diversity Artist by Campus Activities Magazine and Artist of the Year at the 2009 Promoting Outstanding Writers Awards. He is a proud Latinx and father.

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