Viola Dean


Viola Dean (she/hers), joined BAGLY in the spring of 2023 as the Outreach and Engagement Coordinator. An alumna of Brandeis University and Simmons University, she has a background in clinical social work, psychology, trauma, and African-American/Afro Diasporic studies. She previously worked as a trainer and facilitator around topics related to harm reduction, including substance use and supporting clients living with and at risk of HIV/AIDS, motivational interviewing, and LGBTQ+ health. Viola is passionate about supporting LGBTQ+ youth, particularly LGBTQ+ youth of color. She believes in practicing harm reduction in all parts of our society and identifies as a Black feminist. As an Outreach coordinator, Viola spends plenty of time out and about speaking about BAGLY in the community, if you see her, feel free to say hi and introduce yourself!

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