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June 1

June 1, 2018

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CONTACT:

Derek Rayment

Public + Media Relations Manager

531-MCC-2876

darayment@mccneb.edu

mccneb.edu

 

MCC to celebrate Pride Month with panel discussion, other events

 

OMAHA, Neb. — Metropolitan Community College will host five events in June to celebrate Pride Month. All events are free and open to the public and honor the theme, “Remember the Past, Create the Future.” The series of events is highlighted by a panel discussion and two film discussions. 

 

“Safe Space Train the Trainer” on Friday, June 8, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus, Connector Building, rooms 249-250. 

Jessi Hitchins, Ph.D., founding director, Gender and Sexuality Resource Center, University of Nebraska at Omaha will help conduct a four-hour training that will provide education and tools to support the LGBTQIA+ members of our community. 

 

“The Intersection of Biology, Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Orientation” on Tuesday, June 19, 10:45 a.m.-noon at the South Omaha Campus, ITC Conference Center, room 120. 

Attorney Joan Watke Stacy, PC, LLO, will lead an education session that will explore intersectionality and how people simultaneously face bias along multiple identity dimensions such as gender identity, gender expressions and sexual orientation. 

 

“Film and Discussion: “Two Spirits”’ on Friday, June 22, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, room 110. 

The film follows Fred Martinez, a male-bodied person with a feminine essence, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. He was one of the youngest hate crime victims in modern history when he was murdered at age 16. 

 

“LGBTQIA panel: Remembering the Past and Creating the Future” on Wednesday, June 27, 12:30-1:50 p.m. at the Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, room 110. 

In popular media, identities and experiences are displayed narrowly. However, they’re just as diverse as the larger population. Hear the stories of local LGBTQIA community members during this panel discussion. 

 

“Film and Discussion: “Memories of a Penitent Heart”” on Thursday, June 28, 6:30-8 p.m. at the Elkhorn Valley Campus, room 114. 

This film is a cautionary tale about unresolved conflicts wrought by AIDS and a nuanced exploration of how faith is used and abused in times of crisis. 

 

For more information, visit mccneb.edu/intercultural or call 531-MCC-2400. 

 

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Metropolitan Community College, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is a comprehensive, public community college that offers affordable, quality education to all residents of Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington counties. Founded in 1974, MCC has the largest enrollment out of six community colleges in Nebraska and is the second largest postsecondary institution in the state. MCC serves more than 40,000 unique credit and noncredit students.