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Being an Ally to the Transgender Community

 mara keisling headshotBeing an Ally to the Transgender Community

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Time: 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Location: Wilkes University

Breiseth Hall, Room 106

Sponsored event by Northeastern Pennsylvania Diversity Education Consortium (NEPDEC)

RSVP with Erica Acosta, Associate Director of Diversity Initiatives email: Erica.acosta@wilkes.edu

Presentation Description:

Many schools and businesses pride themselves on being “LGBT-friendly.” Yet how prepared are they to serve transgender people well? People with the best of intentions may not have the awareness, skills and knowledge they need to be supportive. This presentation is for all of us who want to become more comfortable and competent working with people whose are “trans” and/or gender-nonconforming. Mara Keisling will discuss her personal journey as well as the work being done to create inclusive environments for transgender employees, students, and customers.

Percenter’s Bio:

Mara Keisling is the founding Executive Director of the National Center for Transgender Equality. Mara is a transgender-identified woman and a parent. As one of the nation’s leading voices for transgender equality, Mara has appeared on news outlets, including CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News. She is regularly quoted in national and local print and broadcast media.

Since NCTE’s founding in 2003, the organization has led or participated in coalition efforts that have won significant advances in transgender equality.

Mara is a graduate of Penn State University and did her graduate work at Harvard University in American Government. She has almost twenty-five years of professional experience in social marketing and opinion research.