Workshop Session #2


Personal Stories (two part session)

Presenters: Johanna Moss, Melissa Faigal, College of Saint Benedict

This session will feature two presentations in which individual students share their personal stories of intersecting identities, and invite others to join the conversation. The first presenter, Johanna Moss, will share stories of “growing up, surviving rape, finding my own religion, and coming to terms with who I am and the direction I am going in.” The second presenter, Melissa Faigal, will explore issues facing second-generation immigrants and the “incongruity of being Filipino yet not fitting into the Philippines.”


“Creating Safe Space for GLBT Students, Faculty and Staff”

Presenters: Liz Collins, Cassie Guertin, Ashley Christensen, College of Saint Benedict

This session will demonstrate how GLBT curriculum, service learning, and Safe Space training programs at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University can help create visibility and safe space for GLBT students, faculty and staff, and allies. The presentation will include a video and discussion of current initiatives at CSB/SJU.


 “What Are You? A Conversation with Pearl Fuyo Gaskins”

Presenter: Pearl Fuyo Gaskins 

In this session, keynoter Pearl Fuyo Gaskins will engage in an informal conversation about her book, What Are You? Voices of Mixed-Race Young People. This is the concluding session of the book group on Gaskins’ book. Participants should have read at least part of the book and come prepared with questions!