West Virginia University at Parkersburg is hosting a guest presentation on gender diversity with speaker Dr. Cris Mayo, distinguished scholar in the field of gender studies. The event takes place Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. in the College Theatre by video at the Jackson County Center in Ripley.
Mayo is professor of women’s and gender studies, director of the LGBTQ+ Center, and director of the Women’s Resource Center at West Virginia University. She is author of the books “Disputing the Subject of Sex” (2004) and “LGBTQ Youth and Schools: Policies and Practices” (2013), both winners of the Critics’ Choice Award from the American Educational Studies Association.
Her new book, “Gay Straight Alliances and Associations Among Youth” will be published in 2017. It draws on a decade of research in public schools, focusing on how young people make connections across differences and organize to improve school climate.
“We invited Dr. Mayo to come to our campus to facilitate more dialogue about the spectrum of gender diversity as well as the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation,” said Debbie Richards, WVU Parkersburg social justice officer and co-chair of the Social Justice Committee. “Awareness programs like this promote principles of respect and justice and help to create a more inclusive and accepting society for all.”
The presentation, sponsored by the WVU Parkersburg Social Justice Committee, is free and open to the public. Questions about this event may be directed to Debbie Richards at 304.424.8201.