April 4, 2016, Jersey City, NJ – Hudson
County Community College (HCCC) has prepared a daylong conference to address
issues facing members of the LGBTQIA community. The HCCC First Annual LGBTQIA
Conference will take place on Friday, April 8th from 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. at the College’s Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street in Jersey
City – just two blocks from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center. The
event is open to all members of the community. Tickets are free for HCCC
students; the $15 charge for faculty, staff, and members of the community
The event, which is part of the College’s celebration
of LGBTQIA month, is being presented by the College’s Student Activities Office
and the HCCC Georgia Brooks Stonewall Project. The presentations are designed
to engage participants in “bringing themselves to the table” and encouraging
others – especially those who are historically marginalized voices in the
community – to “come to the table”.
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The conference will begin with
registration and welcoming remarks from the Student Activities Consultant David
Clark. There will also be a luncheon keynote presentation by Ebony Jackson,
Graduate Coordinator of the LGBTQ Center at Montclair State University. Ms.
Jackson is a member of the social justice group #NJShutItDown.
There are there are nearly a dozen
workshops scheduled for the conference, including:
• “My Girlfriend Did It,” which will
focus on same-sex abusive relationships, and will be presented by Donnalynn
Scillieri, human rights advocate, board member of the New Jersey Coalition to
End Domestic Violence, and adjunct professor at William Paterson, Kean, and New
Jersey City Universities.
• “Queer ABCs: Using Inclusive Vocabulary”
will explore the identifiers used by various members of the community and the
utilization of inclusive language. Presenter Nicole Rizzuto, M.A. is a history
instructor at HCCC, graduate candidate at Drew University, and human rights
• “Have You Checked Your Privilege Yet
Today?” is an interactive presentation examining identity and the relationship
to privilege led by Amanda DelGaudio, B.A. Graduate Residence Director and a
graduate student at Ramapo College.
• “Gender 101” will focus on understanding
gender identity and transition as well as the social, physical, and legal steps
of transitioning. It will be presented by Dana DelGardo, APNc from Alliance
Health, who is also an Air Force veteran and an advocate for the LGBT
• “Understanding Gender Diversity through
Experiential Methods” is an interactive session about cultivating empathy and
respect for gender diversity in families, schools, and workplaces. The session will
be led by Jennifer Whitlock, L.P.C., founder and Director of True Colors Center
for Creative Therapy.
• “Understanding the ‘T’ in LGBTQIA” will
explore the misunderstandings of being transgender. The workshop will be
presented by Stev Lewis, a tutor for HCCC Academic Support Services who was
born Steven A. Lewis.
• “About the Label” will navigate through
the labels used by the LGBTQIA community and examine the emerging movement to
eradicate the use of labels. The presenter, Jenny Henriquez, M.A., is an
adjunct psychology professor at HCCC and a member of the College’s Advisement
and Counseling Center.
• “Tired at the Table: Social Justice Work
and Self Care” will provide instruction on recognizing the signs of compassion
fatigue and burnout, as well as ways to care for oneself while engaging in
social justice work. Session leader Bekki Davis, M.A. is Assistant Director of
the HCCC Advisement and Counseling Center, adjunct professor at Montclair State
University, and LGBTQ advocate and educator.
• “Intersectionality: The Process of
ADDRESSING Everyone” will examine the concepts of privilege and intersectionality,
and their relevance to the LGBTQIA community and social transformation. The
presenter, Carol M. Brower, M.A. is a counselor, educator, and advocate who is
experienced in inpatient, outpatient, and higher education settings.
• “‘I, Too’: What Langston Hughes’
Response to Walt Whitman Can Teach Us All About Inviting Others to Our Table.”
This multimedia presentation is designed to help participants identify and
overcome their blind spots. It will be led by HCCC English composition
instructor Robert Hyers, whose collection of short stories about queer youth in
the 1990’s club and rave scenes will be published this summer.
• “Understanding Sexuality” will examine
the challenges of being a member of the LGBTQ+ community and being a person of
color. Presenter Tyree Oredein, DrPH, a health educator and trainer from Hudson
Pride Connections Center, has developed and delivered trainings and workshops
on LGBTQ+ issues to create and strengthen social support systems for sexual
“The College is proud to celebrate the
diversity of all of the people who live in Hudson County. Through events like
this conference, and all of our cultural affairs offerings, we hope not only to
foster greater understanding of one another, but greater appreciation as well,”
Dr. Gabert stated.
Now through May 1st,
the community may also view “Looking Back/Looking
Forward: NYC’s Gay Pride Parades 1979 – 1995,” an exhibit of photographs by
Stanley Stellar, in the College’s Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C.
Hull Gallery, 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City. The
exhibit was curated by Hunter O’Hanian and is being presented by the
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.
On April 27th, the College will
hold the Second Annual Georgia Brooks Memorial Fund Celebration Breakfast in
the Sixth Floor Atrium of the College’s Library at 71 Sip Avenue in Jersey City.
The keynote speaker for that event, which is sponsored by the College’s Georgia
Brooks Stonewall Project, will be Hunter O’Hanian. Tickets are $30 per person
and may be obtained at www.hccc.edu/tickets; proceeds will benefit student
scholarships at HCCC.