On March 22, GGC held the 7th Annual Intersections Conference. Students and faculty presented various panels discussing multiple topics on gender and sexuality with some interactive art.
The program started with a free continental breakfast in LVIS followed by presentations in various rooms on campus until 5 p.m. The final event was an informal mixer held at Universal Joint in downtown Lawrenceville.
Events like “The Year of the Women: A Moderated Discussion with Georgia Lawmakers” presented by Dr. Ellen Rafshoon, “Rights, Resources and Mental Health in LGBTQ+ Youth” presented by Autumn Lockhart and Sarah Riggin, and “Relationships, Identity, and Compassion” presented by Edward G. Simmons, Kace Garcesa, and Olga Vilkov gave way to interesting discussions on complex topics.
Because GGC is considered to be one of the most diverse colleges in the region, attendees were able to hear the stories of these diverse individuals and see the representation of these individuals in research.
“Through my experience, I learned that relationships are more than just intimate, but they are also relationships between a mother and her children, siblings, and friends,” Yesmeen said.
English professor Dr. Rebecca Flynn organized the Intersections Conference in South Dakota and brought the conference to GGC.
“Intersections started in 2005 at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I co-coordinated the conference with my dear friend Jessica Nathanson, who died from breast cancer a few years ago. She taught me so much, and I think of her every year I coordinate this conference.”
“We started the conference to provide students professional conference experience in a low-key, friendly environment. We also wanted to promote an atmosphere of inclusivity and open-mindedness.”
This year’s conference had more presenters than in previous years. The goal for the future is to continue to grow the conference to cover more topics and to expand to more states across the nation.