This June 30 webinar on “Pride and Protest: Free Expression and LGBTQIA+ Student Activism in 2020” hosted by PEN America’s Campus Free Speech Program is the eleventh in our online series, “Free Speech & the Virtual Campus.”
The current reckoning over anti-Black and anti-trans violence has galvanized a national call for justice and equality for members of the LGBTQIA+ community. Amid ongoing uncertainty and inequality wrought by COVID-19, student leaders are looking at how to drive forward meaningful change in their communities in the fall semester, even if campuses continue to operate virtually. In this PEN America roundtable discussion, LGBTQIA+ student activists and leaders from around the country meet for a timely conversation about sexual and gender identity, race, and the effects of the Black Lives Matter movement and the pandemic on student expression and organizing.
Bryanna Brown, Vice President of the Black Graduate Student Organization, Carnegie Mellon University
Ravanna Cantrall, Human Rights Undergraduate Student, Columbia University and Immigration Intern and Paralegal, Migration Resource Center
Carolyn Gassert, Vice President of Understanding Sexuality, Gender, and Allyship, Brigham Young University
Alyx Steadman, MSW, Youth Worker and Empathetic Rabble-rouser, University of Washington
Gary Robert Wilkins Jr., Computational Biology Ph.D. Candidate and Vice President of Finance of the Graduate Student Assembly, Carnegie Mellon University
(Moderator) Nicholas Perez, Program Coordinator for Campus Free Speech, PEN America