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LGBTQA Lecture Series

The LGBTQA Student Resource Center strives to educate members of the campus and the local community on various LGBTQA identities. One of the ways this is done is by inviting individuals to come speak about their unique experiences. Through partnerships with academic and co-curricular departments, we provide annual engagement opportunities that are interdisciplinary and justice focused. If you and/or your department are interested in collaborating with the LGBTQA Student Resource Center, please contact us to discuss opportunities.


Ash Beckham: Give Voice to Your Truth


Ash Beckham is a bold, dynamic presenter who speaks about empathy, respect and the power of having real conversations. Ash never intended on being a public speaker. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 1996 with a Baccalaureate Degree in Business Administration— featuring a concentration in International Business— from the Fisher College of Business. She moved to Colorado planning on attending graduate school, but the lure of the mountains was too much for the lifelong flatlander to resist.

Before she started speaking, she was a successful entrepreneur, organizing and managing events: from youth sports tournaments to music festivals to trade shows. In 2013, she felt a deep desire to make an impact in her community. In February 2013 she gave her first public speech at Ignite Boulder, addressing the pejorative use of the word "gay.” The message resonated far beyond Boulder with over half a million views and still ranks as the most viewed Ignite talk of all time. The course of her life was changed forever.


An Evening with Kat Blaque

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, at 7:00 p.m.
HUB-Freeman Auditorium

Kat Blaque is an Animator, Illustrator and YouTuber from Southern California who has been openly blogging about her life for the past 10+ years on YouTube. Experiencing the ups and downs of New Media, she has ultimately concluded that Social Media is a powerful force for change and awareness. She currently uses her platforms on YouTube (114K subscribers), Facebook (180K with an average weekly reach of 4,000,000 people) to speak about the topics she’s passionate about as well as spread information, and cultivate conversations that encourage education across intersections.

She playfully refers to herself as “intersectionality salad” as she embodies various identities and experiences. As a woman and survivor of rape and sexual assault, she is very passionate about fostering conversations where survivors and victims alike can feel as though they have a voice. As an outspoken feminist, she’s often on the receiving end of online harassment that she’s had to learn to accept as a woman who dares to have an opinion. As a black woman, she is invested in starting conversations about white supremacy and how it’s impacted her own life as well as various others. As a Trans woman, she believes that speaking about her growth and acceptance of self is vital in a world where trans people aren’t seen as valid and their possibilities are often seen as limited.

Leo Bersani

Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 5:00 p.m.
Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Leo Bersani is an American literary theorist and Professor Emeritus of French at the University of California, Berkeley. He also taught at Wellesley College and Rutgers University. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992.

Dr. Jon Paul Higgins: Examining Issues for Queer/Trans People of Color

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.
233A HUB

Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins is a speaker, educator, and thought leader.

With over ten years of experience in education, social justice, and grassroots movements, Dr. Higgins is focused on public speaking and working with the media on issues centered on people of color, LGBTQ storytelling, and marginalized communities.

Dr. Higgins is committed to using his voice to highlight and bring focus to the issues that affect both the Black and LGBTQ community. In September of 2016, Dr. Higgins launched a YouTube channel where he posts weekly videos about race and identity issues and began sharing pieces of his a mini-documentary highlighting stories related to his life as a queer Black man growing up in the inner city of San Bernardino. This mini-documentary also covers his journey to receiving his doctoral degree.

Stevie Tran: She's Still My Fraternity Brother

Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at 6:00 p.m.
233B HUB

Stevie Tran is an attorney, published author, and speaker whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of diversity litigation and social issues in the transgender community. Stevie received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law, where she was a member of the LGBT Rights Fellowship—the only program in the nation that trains attorneys on LGBT legal and policy matters as a centerpiece of their legal education. She has experience working for a federal judge, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She was also one of the first interns of the Equality Federation Institute’s Summer Internship, where she worked with Equality Arizona to develop the Scottsdale Transgender Equality Project—focused on educating local businesses about the benefits of developing LGBT-inclusive policies.

Stevie’s experience will provide a critical yet welcoming perspective to conversations of inclusion and diversity. She is committed to the issues surrounding access to student organizations and the fraternal community. As an alumna member, she remains actively involved with her national fraternity—an organization founded to develop character and leadership in queer and allied men. In fact, Stevie helped to develop her fraternity’s policy on gender: the most inclusive transgender membership policy for any fraternal organization. Her experience ideally situates her to help you, your organization, and your campus find a way for all interested students to have a fulfilling college experience and to access the benefits and activities on campus.

Alix Lothian

Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 12:00 p.m.