Kurt Begaye, Hashk’ááhadzohí (Yucca Strung Out on a Line Clan), born for Tó’aheedliinii (Water Flow Together Clan), is Diné originally from Chinle, Arizona and is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition. Previously, he was a Capacity Building Assistance Specialist first with the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center in Oakland, CA, then with the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum in San Francisco, CA, then finally under his own consulting initiative, Begaye Consulting.
His extensive experience in public health and capacity building services has provided Kurt the opportunities to refine his capacity building assistance skills to include a client portfolio of tribes, non-profit organizations, universities, and health departments. Successful services include development, implementation and evaluation of public health and social services programs, trainings and curricula, resource development, strategic planning, board development, program management, community mobilization, and leveraging social media/marketing. He is a facilitator and Master Trainer in multiple HIV evidence-based behavior interventions through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Master Trainer in two cultural sensitivity curriculums for American Indian/Alaska Natives and Asian/Pacific Islander communities.
In late 2014, Kurt broadened his capacity building portfolio to include training and technical assistance to tribes addressing intimate partner violence and sexual assault in the Native Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Two-Spirit communities. This addition led to the creation of the LGBTQ Advisory Council with the Southwest Indigenous Women’s Coalition, ensuring tribes and organizations are more inclusive and responsive to Native LGBT/2S victims of violence.