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Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Advocate for an equitable environment free from violence and harassment based on gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Create an anti-racist, non-sexist, queer-affirmative space where all people can feel valued and safe.
Facilitate and strengthen connections among people across lines of difference through programming and educational campaigns.
Integrate an appreciation of Women's Gender and Multicultural Studies across the disciplines.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Diversity Convocation with Shane Windmeyer!

Yesterday, after originally being cancelled due to snow, Ramapo held the Diversity Convocation with guest speaker Shane Windmeyer. Shane is a national leader in gay and lesbian civil rights and a champion for LGBT issues on college campuses AS WELL AS cofounder and executive director of Campus Pride. Campus Pride works toward creating safer environments for LGBT students on college campuses by advocating, educating, supporting, and providing resources

Shane spoke to an audience consisting of faculty, staff, and students about LGBT issues that plague college campuses today. He spoke about what he felt were Ramapo's strong points and things that could also be improved upon (*ahem* gender neutral bathrooms and LGBT recruitment efforts!) but I left the room with so much more than that- I left feeling inspired, hopeful, and motivated.
As an LGBT identified college student, it was an amazing opportunity to hear Shane speak and bring light to these important issues to the broader campus community. Discussing why it's important to have support for LGBT students (as there are higher suicide rates, higher rates of bullying, and higher rates of substance abuse in the LGBT community) as well as how we can achieve that support as an institution was both empowering and enlightening. He captured the attention of everybody in the room and created such a buzz of positive energy.

Not only that, but I got the opportunity to meet him personally and chat with him. It was a wonderful experience and I am so fortunate to have been a part of it!

Thank you Shane for coming to Ramapo and being such an amazing and inspiring leader!

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