Breaking the Binaries: Exploring Gender and Faith
Monday, March 19, 2018
129C HUB, HUB-Robeson Center
The second interfaith panel in a series addressing various topics within faith, this panel discussion will explore how no matter how someone identifies within faith communities or identifies gender or sexuality, religious and spiritual beliefs are not so linear. Panelists will include representatives from various faith-based organizations. Peggy Lorah, interim assistant vice president for Student Affairs
diversity and inclusion, will moderate.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development
Honoring Survival: Transforming the Spirit
Monday, April 9, 2018
Memorial Lounge, Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
The annual event honors the strength and resiliency of survivors of interpersonal violence and those who support them through the healing process. Through hearing stories from survivors and those who support them through poetry, storytelling, and music, the focus is on empowerment and the journey of healing.
Co-sponsored by the Centre County Women’s Resource Center
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Freeman Auditorium, HUB-Robeson Center
Former NFL player Wade Davis is a thoughtful leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality. Davis is dedicated to using his platforms and social currency to highlight issues affecting those most marginalized, including an intentional and specific focus on issues that directly impact women and girls. In March of 2016, Davis gave his first TEDx Talk at the University of Florida, The Mask of Masculinity. As in his talk, Davis looks to continually engage men through multiple outlets and vehicles to become more self-reflective and divest themselves of patriarchal practices. In partnership with the Ms. Foundation and Ebony Magazine, Davis launched the #BlackMenAndFeminism campaign, focusing on conversations with black men around their perceptions and understanding of feminism. Davis helped launch the Ms. Foundation’s #MyFeminismIs campaign in fall 2015 with a series of videos, including one featuring a conversation on feminism with The Nation’s Mychal Denzel Smith. Davis has worked with Huffington Post Women to film content centered on men as feminists and Mic.com on the #AthletesUnited campaign to bring attention to the issue of sexual assault. Davis has also spoken at the NCAA’s diversity conference to address the intersection of sexism and homophobia in sports, as well as next steps for inclusion and forward motion.
Co-sponsored by Residence Life and University Park Undergraduate Association’s Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention Roundtable
Stevie Tran: She’s Still My Fraternity Brother
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
233B HUB, HUB-Robeson Center
Stevie Tran is an attorney, published author, and speaker whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of diversity litigation and social issues in the transgender community. She is committed to the issues surrounding access to student organizations and the fraternal community. As an alumna member, she remains actively involved with her national fraternity—an organization founded to develop character and leadership in queer and allied men. In fact, Stevie helped to develop her fraternity’s policy on gender: the most inclusive transgender membership policy for any fraternal organization. Stevie received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law, where she was a member of the LGBT Rights Fellowship—the only program in the nation that trains attorneys on LGBT legal and policy matters as a centerpiece of their legal education. She has experience working for a federal judge, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was also one of the first interns of the Equality Federation Institute’s Summer Internship, where she worked with Equality Arizona to develop the Scottsdale Transgender Equality Project—focused on educating local businesses about the benefits of developing LGBT-inclusive policies.
Co-sponsored by the LGBTQA Student Resource Center
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