November Newsletter 2017

NSC Film Series:  “AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock” on Thursday, 11/16 @12pm Grove Seminar Room

Awake A DREAM FROM STANDING ROCK
NSC 4th Annual Film Series – AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock

Standing Rock North Dakota became one of the most watched places on earth. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. While many may know the details, Awake, A Dream from Standing Rock, captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed how we fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet.

AWAKE, A Dream From Standing Rock is a collaboration between Indigenous filmmakers, Director Myron Dewey, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather, Writer Floris White Bull, and environmental Academy Award Nominated filmmakers James Spione and Josh Fox.

In the next 14 days, learn more about what’s been happening with the Dakota Access Pipeline and Standing Rock in the last year and today.


Transgender Day of Remembrance, Monday, 11/20 @11am Baxter Center, a GenEQ & Student Leadership Collaboration

Join us in the Baxter Center (1st Floor College Center, south of the Student Leadership Office) to share in remembrance of trans lives and celebration of trans resistance and survival.

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual global observance on November 20, that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.  TDOR was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

GenEQ and Student Leadership will host a pop-up art gallery featuring the creative works from individuals in the local Puget Sound trans community.

Other Campus Events

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Playback Theatre Performance! on Tuesday, 11/14 @12pm – 1pm CC1161 (1st floor College Center Bldg, adjacent to N. Star Dining Room and South of the Security Office)

part of the Creating a Culturally Inclusive Campus Series co-hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Faculty Development Coordinator

What is Playback Theatre?

Playback Theatre is an original form of improvisational theatre in which audience members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot.  Playback theatre methodologies can also be found in the field of psychodrama.

The group performing on 11/14, Pasajer@s, loosely translates as passengers but it also relates to the idea of that which is transitory or temporary.  Pasajer@s Playback is a local theatre group dedicated to presenting playback theatre with an emphasis on social change and anti-oppression.  The theme for the performance on 11/14 will involve narratives speaking to individual’s changing access to privilege.

Come tell your story or witness a story and be part of the performance!


Phi Theta Kappa and Student Leadership present a film showing, then panel discussion. Wednesday, 11/15 @12pm – 2pm. Featured film:  The IF Project.  Baxter Events Center (1st Floor College Center Building).

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Panelists:

  • Kim Bogucki, Seattle Police Department
  • Articia Venigas
  • Michelle Brownlee
  • Felisa Bryant

Speaking Out art and politics in words at the NSC Art Gallery. Exhibit open through 11/10.

NSC Art Gallery open every Monday – Friday noon – 7pm.

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Community Events

This month GenEQ is highlighting professional development and personal development workshops hosted by the Northwest Network.

NWNetwork WorkItOut

Working It Out will give participants an opportunity to explore their values, boundaries, expectations and power dynamics in the workplace. Sustainable workplace relationships are really folks who rely on paid work to support themselves and their family, so during this 2 part webinar, we will cover the following:

  • Skills that increase self-advocacy and boundary setting in the workplace
  • Basic knowledge of Washington State and Federal Protections for vulnerable workers
  • Ways that workplace relationships can support LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Emerging resources that support LGBTQ workers

This is a two part webinar. Please register for part 1 and part 2, if you can only attend one part or if you need interpretation and/or captioning, please email me at aimee-josiane@nwnetwork.org for support.  (This is an online webinar hosted by Adobe Connect; conference calls are also supported for folks unable to get online)

Part 1: Tuesday 7 November 2017, 02:30 PM – Tuesday 7 November 2017, 04:30 PM

https://nwnetwork.adobeconnect.com/rsc-workplace-week1/event/registration.html

Part 2: Tuesday 14 November 2017, 02:30 PM – Tuesday 14 November 2017, 04:30 PM

https://nwnetwork.adobeconnect.com/rsc-workplace-week2/event/registration.html


 

2018NWNetworkRelationshipSkills

Relationship Skills Class is a 7 week course that aims to get you the skills you need for the relationships you want.  Hosted by the NW Network.

The class topics will include:

  • Analyzing power & liberation
  • Identifying cultural norms & personal values
  • Negotiating expectations
  • Accountability
  • Naming & setting boundaries
  • Addressing conflict &
  • Strengthening support networks!

For this series, the classes will be every Monday starting January 8, 2018 from 6-8:30pm in the NW Network’s Community Engagement Center located in the basement of the Columbia City Church of Hope: 3818 S Angeline St, Seattle, WA 98118.

You can reserve your spot here.

*Interpreters are available and happily provided. Please if you are in need an interpreter, please notify NW Network  by December 9, 2017.

This class is offered on a sliding-scale: $0 to $90 donations.  No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Scholarships & Trades available

This class is open to:

  • Bisexual people & their friends & loved ones
  • Trans people & their friends & loved ones
  • Other LGBTQ people and is open to all
  • Regardless of relationship status or history

For more information, accessibility questions or to register contact call: 206.568.7777 or email: aimee-josiane@nwnetwork.org

In the News


Increasing Restriction on Women’s Access to Affordable Reproductive Healthcare


Texas: Trump Administration Blocks Undocumented Teen from Getting Abortion


Women’s Rights Group Sue Education Department over DeVos’s Title IX Action


APACEVotes: We must continue to encourage AAPIs to run for office

Did You Know…

(The views expressed in these links do not necessarily reflect the views of North Seattle College, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion or the Gender Equity Resource Center.)

There has been a resurgence to block women’s access to reproductive healthcare and reproductive safety.  For millennia, women had common knowledge of which plants can be used for effective contraception.  This knowledge still exists today–albeit difficult to find or often dismissed.  Did you know… queen anne’s lace AKA wild carrot is a powerful emmenagogue?  Do your own research and see what you can learn!


 

The past month, mainstream media and social media has been alive with the millions of women’s stories of sexual harassment, abuse, and violence (and the conversation continues).  This bubbling can be traced to the recent focus on Harvey Weinstein, Alissa Milano, and the #MeToo social media campaign (but let’s not forget the efforts of Tarana Burke, whose efforts lead to the formation of metoo.support).  Around the same time, Buzzfeed published an article focusing attention on an internal document that recently began circulating among women working in media.

Read different perspectives about this issue here, here, and here.

The #MeToo Twitter campaign was at least the second of its kind since decades of sexual abuse allegations emerged against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

You, yourself, may have shared a #MeToo story.  Speaking with resilience to continue to share our stories of sexual harassment and violence and be clear about the gendered pattern of the harassment and violence until the issue is taken seriously and justice is served.  Too often, in the wake of a sexual harassment and assault media buzz, we dismiss the perpetrators of violence and they are left invisible, unnamed, unknown.

You, yourself, may have shared a #IHave story.  Speaking with courage to begin to speak publicly about how we contribute to rape culture and an environment where men’s and masculine experience, voice, desire, and needs are taken more seriously and have more weight than women’s those who are perceived as more feminine, regardless of their gender identity.

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., has a crystal clear 17-minute TED talk outlining how violence against women is a men’s issue and is men’s violence against women.  Learn how the cloak of silence and omission condones masculine behaviors of control, entitlement, and ultimately violence socially, linguistically, and politically.

For more thought-provoking media about masculinity, male-ness, and violence perpetrated to women, children of all genders, and other men, check out Tony Porter’s message or Mike Morrell’s “Open Letter To My Brothers In Light of #MeToo”.

Additional resources can be found at Men Can Stop Rape and Stop Street Harassment.

Immediate ways men can change work and life culture with these simply behaviors (sourced from TheGuardian):

  • Talk to your friend who is “kind of a creep” at work.
  • When you see another guy talk over a woman, say: “Hey, she was saying something.”
  • Don’t talk over women.
  • If you are asked to be on a panel/team and see that it’s all men, say something. Maybe even refuse the spot!  (…and recommend a female colleague or two to sit on the panel)
  • Remember men of color speak for men of color; give space for women of color to talk and be heard too

Rampant sexual abuse exists in sports because Title IX requirements do no extend to club sports and organized sports outside of educational institutions.  Where there are no procedures to hold individuals accountable to reporting sexual assault, adult male coaches have the freedom to target and abuse–verbally, psychologically, and sexually–their proteges.


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GenEQ and NSC care about our students and employees who are parents to young children.  In 2015, GenEQ urged NSC to provide dedicated lactation space to students and employees.  That year, the College responded!  We have a safe and secure lactation space located on the north wall, 2nd Floor of the HSSR building.  It’s a community effort to maintain life affirming amenities at North.  Get the word out to your students and colleagues; help ease their transition back to work and school.


toiletTwo new all gender bathrooms added to North Seattle College!  Where?!  Located on the main floor of the Library, just west of the Library entrance.  These bathrooms are multi-stall all gender bathrooms.  NSC Facilities worked diligently over the summer to finish these bathrooms in time for the new school year.

NSC Facilities is interested in general impressions and constructive feedback about these new all gender bathrooms.  These bathrooms in the Library will become the model for future all gender bathrooms at NSC.

Submit your comment and suggestions to:  NSCStudentAdvocacy@seattlecolleges.edu or drop a note to Student Leadership staff in the Student Leadership office (1st floor, College Center Building).

October Events Photo Journal

 

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October Newsletter 2017

October is here!!

NSC, join us for lunchtime learning!

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This week:  National Coming Out Day, Wednesday, 10/11, 10:30am – 1pm.  Stop by the Grove to show your support, be in community, and say hello to GenEQ staff.

Next Week:  Kicking off the 4th annual film series!  GenEQ in collaboration with Latinos Unidos is hosting a showing of Viva La Causa, 10/17, 11am Grove Seminar Room. This film really hits home, come and hear how our students life experiences connect with history.

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End of October:  October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   Join GenEQ to support survivors of domestic violence and intimate partner violence.  Stop by the Grove, Tuesday or Wednesday, 10/24 and 10/25 between 11am and 1pm to be in community, and engage in a the conversation.  Stories told by NSC student and employees who are survivors are captured on the clothesline we will have on display.  Come add your narrative or pick up information to learn more how to support survivors of this type of violence.

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In the News

So, it seems like everyone’s been talking about Colin Kaepernick and more are now protesting with him.  Many people, feminists and women have already been boycotting the NFL because it is an institution of toxic masculinity and gender segregation.  Kaepernick offers yet another reason to boycott the NFL.

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In other news, recently there has been another restriction on women’s access to birth control and an attach on reproductive rights.

Learn more about the issues!  Be informed and get the details.

Check out this summary of the tactics used by people, groups, and the state to try and prevent women’s access to birth control. Rather read about the issue from the NY Times or on Salon.com?

The ACLU has a publication out with even more legal details surrounding the issue.

At times when contraception and birth control are getting more tightly regulated and access restricted, NSC students can pick up free condoms at GenEQ (2nd Floor College Center, behind the Advising Front Desk) or the KC Public Health Nurses office (2nd Floor OCE&E Building, east end of the DSHS office).

Did you know…

(The views expressed in these links do not necessarily reflect the views of North Seattle College, the Office of Diversity & Inclusion or the Gender Equity Resource Center.)

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September Newsletter 2017

Welcome and welcome back everyone! The Gender Equity Resource Center (GenEQ) is here to serve YOU!

Feeling stressed? Need resources? Have questions about equity? GenEQ is here to help! Email geneq@seattlecolleges.edu to get started.

GenEQ is Hiring RIGHT NOW!

GenEQ is HIRING work study students for the 2017-18 academic year!  Hours are flexible to accommodate your classes, pay is $15/hr to do exciting and impactful work!

Do you have work-study?  Stop by GenEQ with your work study award letter, resume and a cover letter sharing why you want to work with GenEQ or email to:  chilan.ta@seattlecolleges.edu.

Don’t qualify for work study?  Apply anyways, we have limited student part-time hourly positions available for the 2017-18 academic year.  Submit a resume and cover letter sharing why you want to work with GenEQ, email to: chilan.ta@seattlecolleges.edu.

We are looking for social justice oriented and self-motivated individuals to join the team! 

GenEQ’s Fall Quarter Events Schedule

GenEQ is revving up for another year of awesome programming.  Here’s a sneak preview of our programs planned for Fall Quarter:

  • 10/11 11am – 1pm National Coming Out Day (Grove)
  • 10/17 11am – 12pm NSC Film Series:  Viva la Causa, the story of Cesar Chavez and a great movement for social justice (Grove Seminar Room)
  • 10/24 11am – 1pm Clothesline Project:  healing from domestic violence (Grove)
  • 10/25 11am – 1pm Clothesline Project:  healing from domestic violence (Grove)
  • 11/14 12pm – 1pm Playback Theater Performance, stories about our changing access to privilege (CC1161)
  • 11/16 12pm – 1:30pm  NSC Film Series: Awake, A Dream From Standing Rock (Grove Seminar Rm)
  • 11/20 11am – 1pm Transgender Day of Remembrance (Baxter)

Community Events

Seattle Office of Arts and Cultures presents…

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 2 – 5 p.m.
BorderLands Community Response Center
RSVP here

Join us at the BorderLands Community Response Center, an afternoon of workshops, discussions, art-making, and healing led by artist Pedro Lasch at King Street Station with representatives from regional artists and community organizations including:

21 Progress  

Black Prisoners Caucus
artist Marita Dingus – healing through doll-making
artist Henry Luke – protest sign-making
NW Immigrant Rights Project
Red Eagle Soaring

Saturday, October 8, 2017, 3 – 6 p.m.
Pedro Lasch Artist Talk, regional artists slideshow, and Performance produced by Evan Flory-Barnes
RSVP here

The afternoon will include an artist talk by Pedro Lasch, a 20X20 presentation by local artists and a performance of Abstract Nationalism curated by Evan Flory-Barnes. Artist presentations will be followed by a community celebration with refreshments and a set by DJ Randy Engstrom.

DRAGON LADY is now playing at The Jones Playhouse Theatre!

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DRAGON LADY
by Sara Porkalob
Directed by Andrew Russell
September 5-October 1

At The Floyd and Delores Jones Playhouse | 4045 University Way NE, Seattle

60 YEARS. 3 GENERATIONS. 1 FILIPINO GANGSTER FAMILY. 

Review | Show Info | Tickets & Performance Schedule

In the News

DACA

Need $$$ to pay for DACA renewal?

Simply apply at LC4DACA.org and MAF will send a check already written out to USCIS for payment of DACA renewal. This is not a loan and no one will be asked to pay the money back. The deadline to renew DACA is October 5 for eligible participants, so apply for this scholarship as soon as possible.

If you have any concerns about your DACA renewal, legal clinics are available to help you with your application. You can find a list for Washington state here: https://www.nwirp.org/op

tions-after-daca-community-forums/ and http://www.seattle.gov/iandraffairs/programs/daca#top

Folks residing in Washington, if you have any questions about this process or problems during your application, please email 21progress directly at daca@21progress.org. If you are outside of Washington state, please contact MAF directly: (888) 274-4808.

Did you know…

(The views expressed in these links do not necessarily reflect the views of North Seattle College, the Office of Diver

sity & Inclusion or the Gender Equity Resource Center.)

What do Men have to do with Women’s Reproductive Rights?

On his third day in office, President Trump signed the new and worse global gag rule, a restriction on international organizations that receive U.S. global health assistance that blocks them from using their own, non-U.S. funds to provide or refer women to abortion services. And lest we forget: he signed that presidential memorandum with seven men and zero women standing behind him.  Click here to read the full article.

Reproductive Rights? Reproductive Justice? Huh?

 

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Our Mission

The Gender Equity Resource Center is a campus leader that promotes social justice, responsible action and accountability.  Our programs support historically underrepresented students at NSC.

In our actions,

We strive to be free from violence, homophobia, trans*phobia, sexism, classism, ableism, racism and discrimination based on immigration status.

We affirm all bodies, identities, and backgrounds.

We design events and programming to foster community and empowering expressions of masculinity, femininity and gender.

We change lives through education.

Thanks for Reading!

Warmly,

Th GenEQ Team

 

 

GenEQ Hiring Students for 2017-18!

Get paid to work for gender and social justice at North Seattle College!

Part-time student employment opportunities available.  To apply, email your resume, a cover letter sharing why you want to work for GenEQ, and your Fall Quarter class schedule to:  chilan.ta@seattlecolleges.edu

Applications accepted now through the 2nd week of Fall Quarter.

 

June Newsletter 2017

Hello Everyone! The quarter’s almost over! Feeling stressed? Need resources? Have questions about equity? GenEQ is here to help! Stop by CC2345C during our posted walk in hours and one of our student staff will help you out!

GenEQ is Hiring!

GenEQ is HIRING work study students for summer and into the 2017-18 academic year!  Hours are flexible to accommodate your classes, pay is $15/hr to do exciting and impactful work!  Apply for summer work study through the Financial Aid Office, then stop by GenEQ with your work study award letter, resume and a cover letter sharing why you want to work with GenEQ or email to:  chilan.ta@seattlecolleges.edu.  Don’t qualify for work study?  Apply anyways, we have limited student part-time hourly positions available for the 2017-18 academic year.  We are looking for social justice oriented and self-motivated individuals to join the team!

The Equity Lending Library has new books! Check out books at the GenEQ center including Gender Outlaws, The New Jim Crow, and Men and Feminism. More books are also available through the NSC Library! Check out the LibGuides and GenEQ recommended reads here.

GenEQ Summer Hours: Yes, we are open this summer!

OPEN:  June 26 – August 18, M-Th 11:30am – 5:00pm

CLOSED:  June 19 – 23 and August 21 – September 1

Starting September 6th, we will resume our regular schedule. Feel free to stop by to browse resources when we’re open, or call to talk to a GenEQ staff person.

Upcoming Events

We are wrapping up the quarter. Come by and say hi to us at these tables:

Find us at Student Leadership’s SpringFest with a table! 10-2 on Thursday, June 1st

Good Luck with Finals! We will be hanging out in the Grove with resources and finals goodie bags June 6-8 from 12-2pm.

Events Review

gender inequality in filmNSC, you all are AMAZING!  Thank you for coming out and showing up to the 3rd Annual NSC Film Series.  The NSC Film Series brings you quality independent films with unique stories.  Every year, we strive to bring the creative work of women, people of color, international independent film makers, and film makers with disabilities to the NSC community.  GenEQ’s goal with the NSC Film Series is to raise awareness and to empower people to be active and contribute to a more equitable and sustainable future in which everybody can live well and thrive.  Why?  Because mainstream film production and distribution maintains huge inequalities when it comes to gender or race.  Join us next year for another year of awesome stories!

Thank you to all the attendees, students, sponsors and collaborators that made GenEQ’s events presence this year possible. You all are amazing!

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month – This event was sponsored by DICE. Thank you! Check out the features below:

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Artist Spotlight: Roldy Aguero Ablao

Roldy Aguero Ablao is an artist and cultural worker from the island of Guam. He is inspired by the stories and myths of the Oceania, weaving in themes of memory and renewal as an underlying foundation for his work. He likes cats, thrift shopping and social justice.

Artist Spotlight: Nic Masangkaynic masangkay 2

Nic Masangkay is a multiply-marginalized, 25-year-old performing artist and music producer based in Seattle. With poetry Buzzfeed claims “will leave you speechless” and music the Seattle Times reports is “synth-pop with overlaid vocals in the style of Reggie Watts,” Nic is incredibly grateful that anybody wants to listen to the art that they create to survive. They have been featured locally, nationally, and online and are excited to have joined North Seattle College in celebrating AAPI Heritage Month!

Workshop Day: Six amazing workshops were lead by students on May 23rd. Thank you to everyone who took the time to be part of this. Want to know more about Zines for Social Justice, Why Black Lives Matter, Gender in the 21st Century, Allyship, and more? Stop by GenEQ and we can connect you with information and student leaders to learn!

Health Fair: Did you catch GenEQ at the Health Fair? If not, we have information about health equity, pregnant student’s rights and breastfeeding, WIC, and more all year round!

Pride Table: As an entrance into LGBTQ Pride Month, GenEQ joined the LGBTQ+ Pride Club to have fun in the Grove with a table, allyship information, and more. Contact pridensc@gmail.com for more! If you are looking for Transgender Student Support, email them to get the location of the Trans Student Hangout.

Family 2.0: Saturday, May 20th, GenEQ was at the JACL conference on campus, Family 2.0! Read more about Family 2.0 here.

In the News

Why educators should recognize queer Asian identities in school curriculum: A quick piece on how course content impacts students: https://www.glsen.org/blog/why-educators-should-recognize-queer-asian-identities-school-curriculum

Speaking of AAPI Art Activism, check out this interview with Troy Osaki, and article about the opposition to the Youth Jail: http://kuow.org/post/i-will-not-ask-system-politely-dismantle-itself

Ally Theater: Telling the Difference Between Solidarity and Performative Allyship. Readers: This article contains strong language. That being recognized, please consider the discourse contained within, and how language tone policing prevents access to learning and space in conversations. http://www.blackgirldangerous.com/2015/11/ally-theater/

50+ Autistic People You Should Know: a list of intersection-focused disability advocates http://nosmag.org/50-autistic-people-you-should-know/ Fun fact: Lydia Brown was at the Family 2.0 event on our campus!

Community Events

Congratulations graduates of all degree and technical programs! We are proud to have been part of many of your academic and life journeys. GenEQ is all about supporting students who are underrepresented here, and we are so happy to see you graduate, complete classes, go on your next adventure, and continue learning! If you are staying at North, we look forward to connecting with you. Providing basic needs resources is key to creating equity in school, and to increasing access to all realms of life through creating lasting connections. Equity is key to student success, and GenEQ will continue providing for the needs of all students into the future. Congrats, graduates! You are always welcome to come back and say hi.

Pride: the LGBTQ+ Pride Club is throwing a pride celebration June 2nd, from 3-6pm in the Green Room. Stop by for pizza and company. Contact pridensc@gmail.com for more info.

Diversity in Tech Conference: Read more here

Opportunity Center for Employment and Education: the OCEE on campus has support for resume help, job training, and more! The can also provide support with housing referrals and basic contraception and STI testing. More info here.

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Left to right, GenEQ Staff: Alison Post, Meera Maaytah, Emily Marie Stehr, Fred Anex, Chilan Ta (Manager)

Congratulations to this year’s GenEQ team! I’m sure you all have seen the many faces of staff and volunteers representing GenEQ at events and in the office this year. We are grateful for all the contributions you have made–community collaboration is how we keep doing what we do! So thank you. If you are interested in volunteering next year, or being part of our staff, email chilan.ta@seattlecolleges.edu. We would love to meet you!

Our Mission

The Gender Equity Resource Center is a campus leader that promotes social justice, responsible action and accountability.  Our programs support historically underrepresented students at NSC.

In our actions,

We strive to be free from violence, homophobia, trans*phobia, sexism, classism, ableism, racism and discrimination based on immigration status.

We affirm all bodies, identities, and backgrounds.

We design events and programming to foster community and empowering expressions of masculinity, femininity and gender.

We change lives through education.

Thanks for Reading!

Warmly,

Your GenEQ Team

A note from the editor: I have enjoyed writing for you all this year! I am graduating, and a new GenEQ staff will be back in the fall to spread some more awesome news, and to join the new team in doing great things. Thank you for reading the newsletter, supporting GenEQ, and creating a campus climate that will help all our students thrive. Happy graduation to everyone moving on, and a happy summer to all those continuing their studies and other endeavors.

Best regards,

Fred.