University Seminar “Coming Out” Seeks Panelists

By Jen Retter | January 15, 2018

We all have something to come out about— some aspect of our identity that is awkward or risky to share publicly. These aspects can include mental illness, eating disorders, addiction, sexuality, gender identity, being undocumented, being homeless, being a survivor of assault or abuse, having a mentally ill, addicted, or incarcerated parent, having a criminal record, having been raised in the foster-care system or by grandparents, having had an abortion, being the primary caretaker for a parent, grandparent, or sibling, and more. The core of the University Seminar “Coming Out” is a series of three panels in February, when members of the Arcadia community share their stories with our students. The experience is empowering for both panelists and students in the class, many of whom relate to the stories that are told.

If you are ready to tell your story in a welcoming and supportive setting, please email Prof. Ellen Murphey at or Prof. Laura Fitzwater at