first_imgSt John’s JCR has resolved to provide £400 for the purchase of items that aid gender expression.The JCR voted in favour of establishing a fund similar to those already in place at Exeter and Somerville, which can be used by students to purchase items such as binders, concealing underwear, packers and breast-forms.The motion, proposed by the JCR Trans and Gender Minorities Rep Cas Burton, noted that gender dysphoria—the feeling of distress associated with a disconnect between a person’s perceived gender and their gender identity—affects students at St John’s and across the University.It suggested that purchasing items for gender expression could help to tackle gender dysphoria, improving welfare and mental health, and that the JCR should strive to develop suitable welfare provisions for all its members, including those of the transgender and gender nonconforming community.It also noted that these items can improve welfare for gender nonconforming students who may not experience gender dysphoria.St. John’s JCR LGBTQ+ Officer Kelly van Eerde, who seconded the motion, told Cherwell: “I first came across the idea of a fund of this kind from other reps posting about it on the Oxford college LGBTQ+ reps Facebook group.It is an initiative that many college reps have expressed an interest in setting up at their colleges.”Van Eerde continued: “As far as I know, something very similar exists at Exeter College and Wadham College.“I therefore brought the idea up with our JCR transgender and gender minorities rep, Cas, and we discussed with the JCR treasurer about how best to implement the fund.“Cas and I then wrote the motion together—they proposed it as it is a topic more relevant to their role specifically.”Speaking on the long-term effects the motion is predicted to have, van Eerde said: “The benefits of this fund are, I believe, twofold. Firstly, it is beneficial to any individual who makes use of it as it removes the additional financial worry that goes along with buying these items, which can already be intimidating to buy. This allows them to more easily alleviate dysphoria and feel more comfortable within themselves, improving these students’ welfare.“Secondly, on a more general level, it shows the JCR’s support of our transgender and/or gender nonconforming members. By having this fund in place, it shows people who may be closeted or questioning that the college is a safe and accepting place to explore their gender expression and identity.”JCR President Amelia Wrigley said: “I’m very proud to belong to such an inclusive and progressive JCR, and grateful for the hard work of my committee’s liberation officers in ensuring everyone at St John’s feels secure and accepted.”St John’s JCR previously introduced gender-neutral bathrooms around college, and changed the constitution so that it includes gender-neutral language.The move by John’s comes just weeks after the death of transgender academic Erin Shepherd prompted calls for increased efforts for the University to provide a welcoming environment for transgender students and staff.Speaking at the time, Orla White, OUSU VP for Women and Equality, told Cherwell: “We know that trans women are often failed by mental health services, which is only compounded by day-to-day experiences of transmisogyny.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School today announced the appointment of six fellows who will join the Institute virtually this fall semester. The incoming fellows bring diverse experiences in public service and expertise on contemporary issues and challenges in modern civic and political life.“We are excited to welcome an extraordinary cohort of fellows for the fall semester. They bring their accomplished life experiences in elected office, public service, activism, and journalism and we are grateful for their engagement,” said IOP Director Mark D. Gearan ’78. “The Fellows Program is a pride point for the IOP and by sharing their perspectives with our students, they will inspire Harvard students to lead lives committed to public purpose.”For more than 50 years the Institute’s Fellows Program has provided Harvard students with the opportunity to learn from prominent public servants, engage in civil discourse, and acquire a more holistic and pragmatic view of our political world. The fall 2020 fellows are:Chasten Buttigieg — Author and LGBTQ+ advocateBrittany Packnett Cunningham — Activist and founder of Love & Power Works, and director’s leader fall 2019 Carol Giacomo — Journalist, member of the editorial board of The New York Times (2007-2020)Michael Nutter — 98th Mayor of Philadelphia (2008-2016) and Visiting Fellow fall 2018Alice Stewart — Republican communications advisor, CNN political commentator, member of Senator Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign, and Resident Fellow fall 2019Jorge Vasquez Jr. — Civil rights advocate and attorney, project director of the Power and Democracy Program at the Advancement Project, and member of the Associate Counsel of Latino Justice (2018-2020)“A global pandemic, economic uncertainty, and a racial injustice reckoning here in the U.S. have made 2020 nothing short of eventful. This combination of new and familiar fellows will be instrumental in inspiring students to involve themselves in politics and public service at this critical moment,” said Carine Hajjar ’21 and Eric Jjemba ’21, student co-chairs of the fellows and study groups program at the Institute of Politics. “As they reflect upon these recent months and look toward the 2020 election, we look forward to welcoming this cohort virtually this semester and creating community in a time of uncertainty.”Over the course of their appointment, fellows will continue traditional cornerstones of the fellowship virtually. The Institute will convene virtual study groups, led by fellows, twice a week on pressing topics including the 2020 election, the fight for social and racial justice, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, fellows will immerse themselves in the Harvard community by mentoring a cohort of undergraduate students, holding weekly virtual office hours, and engaging faculty and co-curricular activities. The Institute’s fall 2020 fellows will appear together in the virtual John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Thursday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. ET. RSVP to join the conversation. For more information on the Fellows and their upcoming engagement with the Harvard community, visit iop.harvard.edu/fellows.  Read Full Storylast_img read more


first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pixabay Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – New York State’s Public High School Athletic Association has announced that low and moderate risk winter sports can soon begin play.Low and moderate risk winter sports include bowling, gymnastics, indoor track and field, skiing and swimming and diving.The athletic association says those sports can start play as soon as November 30.However, activities deemed high risk have not yet been giving the green light. The group says they will continue to examine their feasibility, although, authorization from state officials is still needed.last_img read more