Currently serving as a Grants Coordinator and Bilingual Specialist for Mecklenburg County in Charlotte, NC, Garcia coordinates non-traditional HIV/STD testing for Spanish-speaking, black, trans, and MSM communities. He also devises innovative ways to conduct testing in university settings — and testing for incarcerated, substance use recovery, and housing-insecure individuals. Garcia began his career path with AmeriCorps, coordinating mental health first aid, communications, and outreach.
Named a U‑M Student of the Year during his first year in college, Garcia laid a strong foundation for this work through engaged creative practice opportunities at U‑M, including workshop facilitation as part of the Prison Creative Arts Project, founding membership of the student organization Stamps in Color, and peer mentorship through Assisting Latinos to Maximize Achievement (ALMA).
Garcia maintains a strong creative practice as well, with performances featured at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in New York City and Links Hall in Chicago. He has conducted community arts projects with Brouhaha International — a carnival-based company in Liverpool, England — as well as with UDESC & UniRio of Florianópolis & Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His written work has been published in Label Me Latina/o, a journal of twenty-first-century latino literary productions.
This short Q&A explores Garcia’s undergraduate experience in the Interarts Performance program at U‑M, his career path, and advice for aspiring artists.