Gloria J. Fluker was born in Grand Prairie, Texas and at age 12 she moved to Los Angeles, California. She moved to Eugene, Oregon after being recruited to attend college at the University of Oregon, where she earned both her Master of Science degree in Counseling and her Bachelor of Science degree in Education.
Fluker moved to Portland, Oregon and spent 22 years in the field of corrections as a Juvenile and Adult Parole and Probation Officer for the State of Oregon and Multnomah County Community Corrections. In this capacity, she gained extensive experience in helping clients in defining and identifying problems and developing practical solutions in an effort to decrease recidivism. While employed for the County she was instrumental in the development of the Multnomah County Domestic Violence Diversion Program and the African American Male Program. Also, at this time, she became the Founder and Director of Youth Unlimited, Inc. A program that engaged youth in research, writing, peer education and video production. Focus, primarily prevention strategies which prevent or delay early sexual activity, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS and other sexual transmitted diseases. The youth involved produced three educational mini video dramas and two Public Service Announcements (PSA’s). The productions were chosen to be shown in its entirety to the public at the Northwest Film Center. Furthermore, this experience created a platform for Fluker to design and implement the Healthy Decision Making and Self-esteem/Self-Identity workshops. She responded to calls from the University of Oregon Young Scholars Program, George Middle School, Portland Camp Fire Boys & Girls, Emanuel Hospital & Project Network female adolescent project (contractual demonstration grant), Regional Drug Initiative, and other youth service organizations.
To stay connected to the community, Fluker serve (ed) on numerous committees and boards. Which include: Portland Parent Union Board, Black Women for Peace Committee, Community Supporting Youth Collaborative, Faubion School/Concordia University Design Advisory Group member, Portland Urban League Education Committee, Coalition of Communities of Color, Healing Roots Center Advisory Board, Multnomah County Corrections Cultural Diversity Committee, HIV Prevention Planning Committee, HEP-C Planning Committee, Minority AIDS Coalition ,African American Health Coalition, Male Involvement Task Force Steering Committee, Concordia Neighborhood Association, and Faubion and Benson PTA member.
Fluker has received awards and certificates from the following: University of Oregon Young Scholars Program Spirit of Sankofa Award, Three NW Young People Film and Video Festival Awards, JC Penny Community Merit Award, National Healthy Start-Grantee Award, HIV/AIDS Planning Grantee Award; Multnomah County Health Grant; Portland State University Non-profit Leadership Fellows Certificate. Further, she was listed as a role model in the Portland, Oregon Public School Career/Technical Directory.
As a lover of poetry, music, dance, and drama, she is dancing into the future as a Creative Entrepreneur with her first book of poetry, Straight from the Hearth: A Collection of Thoughts” a short story “The Parole Officer and the Intruder,” a curriculum, Healthy Decision Making and My Black is Beautiful and a Youth Leadership Development Training Manuel and Facilitor Guide. Her poetry was published by the National Library Of Poetry; she was elected into the International Poetry Hall of Fame and she was selected and invited to the Annual International Society of Poets Convention and Symposium held in Washington ,D.C., where she was asked to present her work and to receive a Poet of Merit Award Medallion and Award Plaque.
Facilitator & Trainer
“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin
and culture, is like a
tree without roots.
- Marcus Garvey