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Dec 9, 2021 Daniel DiPrinzio

Office of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Prevention & Education Earns NASPA’s Outstanding Peer Educator Program Award

Arcadia University’s Office of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Prevention & Education (OSVPE), led by Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator Alison Berk and students, has received the Outstanding Peer Educator Program Award from NASPA, a worldwide  association for student affairs...

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Elijah Arnold Oct 29, 2021 9:28 am

Thinking About a Gap Year? It Starts With Self-Discovery

2019 was really rough for me. My mental health was at an all-time low, and I had absolutely no motivation. I switched schools to do my senior year from home, and I spent a lot of time working on self-care, self-love, and self-actualization.  After some huge steps forward in...

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Alex Chin Oct 28, 2021 4:38 pm

Finding Comfort Outside the ‘Binary’

During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was suddenly placed in a situation where my academic and family life collided. With virtual school, I could no longer physically separate the two parts of my life. On campus, I had carved out a space in which I could exist as a nonbinary student, tutor,...

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Mar 5, 2021 Caitlin Burns

Initiatives from $300K Department of Justice Grant

In 2018, the University received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women. Among the initial initiatives through the grant were hiring a full-time prevention specialist (Alison Berk) and creating the Office of Sexual and Gender-based...

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Feb 19, 2021 Caitlin Burns

Office of Sexual and Gender-based Violence Prevention and Education Resources

In February 2019, Alison Berk joined Arcadia as the first coordinator of the University’s Office of Sexual and Gender-based Violence Prevention and Education, which was established through the University’s receipt of a three-year, $300,000 grant from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence...

Kathryn Jones Oct 3, 2018 4:36 pm

Breaking Free From the Gender Binary

The moment I stepped onto Arcadia’s campus for an Open House during my senior year of high school, I felt that I was home: safe, comforted, and accepted. This feeling is what initially encouraged and accelerated my desire to explore who I was. I have identified as bisexual since the...

Mar 22, 2018 Jen Retter

Dr. Slesaransky-Poe Presents on Gender Nonconforming Students at Diversity Officers Conference

Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, professor of Education, presented “From Personal to Professional to Political: How Raising a Gender Nonconforming Child Changed Me, My Profession, and the World Around Me” at the 12th annual Conference of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher...

Olivia Armacost Feb 26, 2018 4:12 pm

A Sisterhood of Women

The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler based on interviews she held privately and in groups with over 200 women. Twenty-two years after its premiere in 1996, I had the privilege of bringing one of these vignettes to life on the Stiteler stage at Arcadia University.   When I...

Doriane Feinstein Feb 23, 2018 4:29 pm

A Dramata-What?

Freshman year of college, I couldn’t tell you what a dramaturg was. After my first play, where we had a dramaturg as part of the production, I still couldn’t have told you what a dramaturg did. But now, since I have successfully been a dramaturg for a mainstage show at Arcadia, I can tell you....

Caitlin Joyce Feb 9, 2018 12:07 pm

Why I Minored in Gender Studies

As a child, I utterly rejected the color pink. My identity before middle school was all tomboy, a disdain of all things frills and sparkles, a rejection of what is traditionally feminine— the classic I’m not like other girls mentality. At a very young age, I internalized the notion so prevalent in...

Caitlin Joyce Nov 10, 2017 2:17 pm

Breaking the Gender Binary

What does it mean to perform gender? One of the most obvious answers that comes to mind is expression through appearance. Our appearances dictate how society sorts us into categories of male or female (and occasionally, androgynous, other, or unknown). At the base level, one...

Nov 3, 2016 Shani Carrington

International LGBTQ Activist Speaks of Decades of Work to Pan-African Studies, Sociology Programs

On Oct. 28, the Sociology, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Pan-African Studies Programs welcomed Nigerian LGBTQ activist Brother Davis Mac-Iyalla, who spoke to the Arcadia community about his advocacy for the dignity and rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people in Africa....