Honoring Dr. Charlotte Tosi Goodluck: Indigenous Women Warriors Rising


  • Alma M. O. Trinidad Portland State University
  • Danica Love Brown Portland State University


Indigenous women leaders, mentoring, social work


Mentoring comes in many forms. We, as co-authors, one as a junior faculty and the other as a doctoral student at a predominantly white higher education institution in the Pacific Northwest, were blessed to be in community with Dr. Charlotte Goodluck. She was an inspirational Indigenous woman scholar warrior who passed away on December 3, 2014. We use this reflection to honor our relationship and the interactions we had with her. Her passing awoke and affirmed the wisdom of our intellectual ancestries. As we continue our respective journeys in the academy, we are stronger and more spiritually grounded. Our ancestors and their energies fuel us like intertwining braids. When we honor Dr. Goodluck and the deep meanings of our engagement and interactions with her, and how we make sense of our lived experiences, we honor our communities and the work we do collectively to rise up as a community of warriors!

Author Biographies

Alma M. O. Trinidad, Portland State University

Experience: Asian Pacific Islanders (API) children,  youth, and families; community  organizing; youth organizing; emerging  adulthood; non-profit organizations; multicultural education  & research; community based research; rural and urban macro social work; program development  and evaluation; research in the area of mental health (e.g., school-based &  community-based prevention programs, & multi-systemic therapy).

Interests: sociopolitical development among youth & young adults; critical pedagogies of place &  social justice work; indigenization of social movements;  health & mental health promotion among Asian Pacific Islanders & other marginalized populations; determinants/disparities of health &   mental health with  specific attention to socio-economic, cultural, & historical contexts & the dynamics between agent (individual) & structure (resources both informal & formal);  culturally  responsible mental health & health interventions & services that enhance positive pathways to  healthy  adulthood, empowerment, & resiliency; adult allies; psychopolitical validity; cultural  responsible research methodologies.

Teaching Areas: undergraduate inquiry courses on race & social justice, & family studies; child &  family studies professional development; anti-oppressive & empowerment social work practice;   health & mental health promotion among youth & young adults; community based/macro social work.

Danica Love Brown, Portland State University

School of Social Work

Doctoral Candidate




How to Cite

Trinidad, A. M. O., & Brown, D. L. (2016). Honoring Dr. Charlotte Tosi Goodluck: Indigenous Women Warriors Rising. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 21(2), 7–17. Retrieved from https://reflectionsnarrativesofprofessionalhelping.org/index.php/Reflections/article/view/1405