Michigan Community College Gender & Sexuality Conference

Michigan Community College Gender & Sexuality Conference

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Michigan Community College Gender & Sexuality Conference (MCCGSC) is an event for students, faculty, and staff from Michigan community colleges. We celebrate LGBTQIA+ culture, foster academic success, and build community. All LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, staff, and their allies from all 28 Michigan community colleges are invited.

MCCGSC 2022 was held on March 12, 2022. Please view the 2022 schedule and speakers below.

MCCGSC 2023 will be held in the spring of 2023. Check this page for updates, connect with us on Instagram, or contact the MCCGSC organizers at [email protected].

2022 Schedule

10:00am - 10:15am

Welcome

Mary Mullalond

10:15am - 11:00am

Community Care Panel

Tay Brown, Leon Golson, Cristy Lindemann, Jason Morgan, A. Popkey

Join us for a panel discussion featuring queer members of our community, who practice community care. Find out how they care for the queer community, how they maintain boundaries, while doing this work, and their recommendations for getting involved in community care activities! Panelists include:
Jason Morgan, Washtenaw County Commissioner
A. Popkey, 5th Grade Teacher
Tay Brown, Program Coordinator of LGBT Detroit
Cristy Lindemann, WCC Faculty & Volunteer
Leon Golson, Prevention Manager at Unified HIV Health and Beyond

 

11:00am - 11:15am

Break

11:15am - 12:00pm

Session 1


All About Demisexuals

Crystal Khisa

When it comes to the queer community, there’s a lack of conversation around demisexuality. Crystal Clear will guide you on a journey through the world of demisexuality.

 


LGBTQIA+ Poets

Maryam Barrie

Join this session for a look at LGBTQIA+ poets from the past and present.


Transfer Student Panel

Mary Mullalond & Kelley Holcomb

Join queer students who’ve transferred from a community college to a 4-year college to learn about their experiences and ask questions. Kelley Holcomb, WCC’s Transfer & Articulation Coordinator and staff advisor to student organization Transfer to Success, will also be available to answer any questions you may have about transferring.

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch Activities

12:15-12:30 pm - "Drag Storytime with Maxi Chanel"

Maxi reads the book “It’s Okay to Be a Unicorn!” Maxi Chanel is a local legend, performing all over Michigan since 1991. Currently she performs at Ypsilanti’s brand new Hamburger Mary’s and with the drag troupe Boylesque.

maxi chanel

12:30-1:00 pm - "Writing Workshop"
Join WCC English faculty, Tom Zimmerman (he/him) and KD Williams (they/them), for this lunch-time writing workshop.

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1:00pm - 1:45pm

Session 2


Intersex 101

Latitude Brown

Intersex activist, Latitude Brown, will explain the basics of what being intersex is all about!


Someone Left Their Backpack: Singular They Usage Throughout Time and the Importance of Pronouns

KD Williams

KD Williams, English faculty, will explore the literary and historical use of they/them pronouns for a singular person. In addition, they will also explore neopronouns and why pronouns are important.


Transferring Your Connections: Meet and Greet with LGBTQ+ Resource Centers

Amy Finkenbine

Transferring schools can be tough! In addition to finding the right academic program, it's important to find communities and connections that will support and empower your whole self while completing your bachelor's degree. Join this session to meet staff from a number of LGBTQ+ Resource Centers across Michigan's transfer destinations.

1:45pm - 2:00pm

Break

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Session 3


Community Care Action (for Students)

Outspace+ students

In this student-led session, you’ll discuss ways you engage in community care and brainstorm possibilities for care-based action in your communities. Students will also have the opportunity to join identity-based breakout groups, for further discussion.


Faculty Lightning Talks

Eli Gauvin, Liz Jacoby, Elise Sampson

"Trans Youth in Society" – Eli Gauvin, WCC Student
Learn about what trans youth are facing and their mental health. How does discrimination in both schools and from family or friends affect them? Eli Gauvin, a trans WCC student, will offer suggestions for what schools should focus on when it comes to the LGBTQIA+ community, while sharing his experiences of what being trans is like in schools.

"Teaching the Community: The Social Responsibility of Community Colleges" – Liz Jacoby, St. Clair County Community College
As an educator, it is important to create a safe environment on college campuses in order to discuss issues related to the LGBTQIA+ community. Part of a community college's responsibility is to make an effort to create course offerings that reflect the voices of the LGBTQIA+ community. It promotes visibility and creates safe spaces for the community and its allies. It is this reason that I built ENG 257: Intro to Gender and Sexuality in Literature. I would like to highlight the social responsibility community colleges have in creating such spaces while referencing/sharing the course offering/material.

"The Importance of an Inclusive Classroom, How You Teach Matters: Ways to Create a Safe and Inclusive Classroom for Our LGBTQIA+ Students" - Elise Sampson
For some of our LGBTQIA+ students they do not feel heard or feel they can comfortably be who they are. It is so important for us who teach at the college level to be an ally to our LGBTQIA+ students. As professors, one of the biggest things we can focus on for our students is creating a safe and inclusive classroom. This presentation is going to highlight several simple yet powerful ways to create a safe and inclusive classroom, where LGBTQIA+ students feel heard and comfortable expressing themselves.

2022 Speakers

Community Care Keynote Panelists

Tay Brown

Tay Brown

Program Coordinator
LGBT Detroit

Pronouns: he/him/bro

At LGBT Detroit, Dionta is the Program Coordinator for the LGBT Detroit Leadership Academy. The Academy provides professional development, support, and dynamic education centered on HIV stigma to LGBT+ young adults. Dionta is also a C.R.I.B.B. Fellow (Creating Responsible and Intelligent Black Brothers), where he will learn about health disparities impacting black MSM's and how to engage and educate on topics such as HIV and HIV Stigma. Dionta is passionate about finding new and compelling ways to stimulate community minds regarding issues impacting the LGBT+ community and aims to bring youth and young adults together to problem-solve them together.

Leon Golson

Leon Golson

Prevention Manager
Unified HIV Health and Beyond

I have been conducting HIV prevention in Michigan for as long as I have been living with HIV about 30+ years.

Cristy Lindemann

Cristy Lindemann

Construction Technology Programs Faculty
Washtenaw Community College

Pronouns: she/her

Cristy Lindemann has been teaching at WCC in the construction program since 2004. Prior to that she worked in construction as a project manager. Cristy is always looking for ways to serve the community through her students' construction projects and other volunteer work. One of her mantras is to never stop learning, and she tries to encourage that interest and passion in her students.

Jason Morgan

Jason Morgan

Commissioner
Washtenaw County

Jason currently serves as a Washtenaw County Commissioner, an instructor at Washtenaw Community College, a Northern Michigan University Trustee, and as a Flotilla Vice Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Commissioner Morgan was the first-ever LGBTQ+ Washtenaw County Commissioner and served as the County's first-ever LGBTQ+ Chair of the Board in 2019. Morgan led the County through the coronavirus pandemic and has been a champion of youth engagement, environmental and economic justice, advancing racial equity, and increasing investments in human services.

A Popkey

A. Popkey

5th Grade Teacher
Ann Arbor Public Schools

Pronouns: he/him

For over fifteen years, A. Popkey has been immersed in the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area. He has been a part of many pockets of our community, from roller derby to the local food scene. However, A.’s primary presence has been as an educator, a performance artist and an organizer on the Ypsi Pride board.

Conference Presenters - Students

Latitude Brown

Latitude Brown

Eastern Michigan University

Pronouns: they/them

Latitude is a graduate of Washtenaw Community College and now attends Eastern Michigan University, majoring in Children's and Young Adult Literature. They live with three roommates and four cats, and dream of becoming a librarian. Their favorite color is pink.

Crystal Khisa

Crystal Khisa

Washtenaw Community College

Pronouns: she/her

Crystal Clear goes to Washtenaw Community College (came back 😊) She’s going for graphic design–finally after years of soul searching she’s going after it 🥰 Crystal has a very passionate interest in & love learning more about demisexuals, which she feels links to understanding her own psychology through an ancient personality. It is very deep and yet so simple and her favorite part is that it has so many layers 😁 Her other interests include watching long TV series or movies series just so she gets to enjoy the characters for a while 🥰

Eli Gauvin

Eli Gauvin

Washtenaw Community College

Pronouns: he/him

Eli attends WCC and plans on doing Film for his major. He likes to draw and stand up for what's right. He is 15 and in 10th grade, though is also in ENG 111, a college course at WCC. Eli wants to make a difference, and also share his story as a trans person.

Conference Presenters - Faculty

Maryam Barrie

Maryam Barrie

Washtenaw Community College

Pronouns: she/her

Maryam Barrie lives in the woods, and teaches writing and literature at Washtenaw Community College. She's a married mother who writes and reads.

Amy Finkenbine

Amy Finkenbine

Eastern Michigan University

Pronouns: she/they

Amy Finkenbine (she/they) is the Coordinator for Eastern Michigan's LGBT Resource Center. Before moving to Michigan, they worked at community colleges in Illinois for several years and still have a passion for supporting and empowering LGBTQ+ community college students. Amy and her wife are current foster parents with a 7 year old deaf doggo and love spending time outside!

Liz Jacoby

Liz Jacoby

St. Clair County Community College

Pronouns: she/her

Liz Jacoby is a Professor of English at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, MI.

Mary Mullalond

Mary Mullalond

Washtenaw Community College

Pronouns: she/her

Mary Mullalond has been teaching in the English & College Readiness Department at WCC since 2005. As faculty advisor of the college's Outspace+ club, she loves getting to support the queer students at WCC. She enjoys reading children's books and spending time outside with her wife and two kids.

Elise Sampson

Elise Sampson

Washtenaw Community College

Pronouns: she/her

Elise Sampson has been teaching at Washtenaw Community College for over six years. She is in the behavioral science department where she teaches lifespan development, child psychology and intro psychology. About four years ago, she attended a conference where she saw a speaker talk about inclusion in the classroom and how it made a huge difference in his life. After that conference she started to look at her classes and look for ways to improve inclusion. Elise has been part of several trainings that focus on creating inclusivity in the classroom. Inclusivity and creating a community in the classroom have become important to her and her teaching.

KD Williams

KD Williams

Washtenaw Community College

Pronouns: They/them mostly but sometimes she

KD Williams is a non-binary writer who teaches English and Humanities classes at Schoolcraft College and Washtenaw Community College. They are an active member of WCC’s Poetry Club and a passionate union organizer. They live in Ypsilanti with their partner and pets.

Tom Zimmerman

Tom Zimmerman

Washtenaw Community College

Pronouns: he/him

Tom teaches English and directs the Writing Center at WCC. He also edits The Huron River Review and The Big Windows Review as well as serving as faculty advisor of the WCC Poetry Club. He has been teaching at WCC since 1992. He was a high school English teacher in the 1980s and early 1990s. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and a retired racing greyhound.

Sponsors

LGBTQA+ Out-Space+
Washtenaw Community College