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Deepening the Dialogue: Dimensions of Gender

February 1 @ 6:40 pm - 9:00 pm

The HVWS Diversity Committee is pleased to present “Deepening the Dialogue” a series of lectures and discussions around issues of diversity and inclusion. Join us for our inaugural presentation, “Dimensions of Gender,” an evening of voices, education, and conversation about gender identity. What is gender? How do I talk about and understand gender variance? How can I help create a more inclusive environment for children and adults? We will welcome questions following a presentation by our panelists, which will include Jessica Ann Vooris, Leah Juliett, and Stonewall Speakers.

  • 6:40 refreshments
  • 7:00 presentation
  • 8:20 questions and discussion

Jessica Ann Vooris
Jessica Ann Vooris is an LGBTQ educator and scholar, whose research focuses on transgender, gender-creative, and gay children. At Amherst College, where she is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor, she teaches several courses including LGBTQ identities and Communities, Representations of Trans Identities, and The Queer and Trans Child. Alongside her academic teaching and research she is an experienced public speaker, and has created educational workshops/presentations, developed a Safe Zone training program, and presented her work at Barcelona Pride in Spain. Some of the workshops that she has led include LGBTQ 101, How to Support Trans Students in High-School, and Self-Care for LGBTQ Youth.

Leah Juliett
Leah Juliett (they/them) is an award-winning LGBTQ speaker, writer, performer, and political change-maker from the Greater New York area, Leah is the Executive Director and Founder of The March Against Revenge Porn, an international cyber civil rights campaign raising awareness of nonconsensual image distribution through national protest marches. Leah is also the Executive Director and Founder of the National LGBTQ+ Youth Town Hall, a national political campaign empowering queer and transgender youth to get engaged with their representatives and vote in the 2018 Midterm Elections. Leah is a 2018 Glamour Magazine College Woman of the Year, GLAAD Rising Star Award recipient, the winner of the Delta Airlines Accelerating Acceptance Grant, and the recipient of the Excellence in Student Journalism honor from the National Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists. Their activism primarily focuses on combatting LGBTQIA+ discrimination, political engagement, revenge porn and cyber civil rights.

Stonewall Speakers
Stonewall Speakers, a program of the Connecticut Stonewall Foundation, Inc., is an all-volunteer speaker’s bureau comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and their allies. Their speakers give their hearts, time and travel expenses to help eliminate hate and promote understanding.

(Snow date: 2/4/2019)


February 1
6:40 pm - 9:00 pm
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Compass Hall Atrium-Upper Level
1 Jacklin Rd.
Newtown, CT 06470 United States
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