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Panel discussion continues with focus on LGBTQ+ community

Diversity panel discussion

The Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion's series of panel discussions exploring the structures of oppression and what it means to live in an equitable society continues on Tuesday (June 30) at 2:30 p.m. with "Know Justice. Know Pride."

Each year in June the LGBTQ+ community and allies take to the streets to celebrate Pride. This year, marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing protests against racial injustice and anti-Black violence, Pride 2020 serves as an opportunity for reflection. Pride traces its origins to resistance against police brutality - led by Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera. In this moment, we must recognize the intersections of identity and the ways racism, transphobia and homophobia are manifestations of the same structural disenfranchisement, and we must identify ways to work in solidarity as we envision a new community.

J. Spenser Darden, director of Diversity Initiatives and Community Engagement, will serve as moderator. Panelists include:

  • Megan Gandy, assistant professor at Eberly School of Social Work

  • Rosemary Ketchum, Wheeling City Council

  • Ellen Rodrigues, assistant director, LGBTQ+ Center and assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

Register for the panel discussion and access recordings of earlier discussions.