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MCLA'S LEADERSHIP ACADEMY TO PRESENT TALK ON INCLUDING TRANSGENDER STUDENTS IN ATHLETIC PROGRAMS

NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — The Leadership Academy at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will present a lecture by Dr. Pat Griffin, “What’s Your Game Plan? Including Transgender Students in School Athletic Programs,” to take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8, in the Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium at the MCLA Church Street Center.

This event is free and open to the public.

An advocate for LGBT equality in sports for more than 30 years, Griffin is a professor emerita in social justice education at UMASS-Amherst, where her research and writing interests include LGBT issues in education and athletics.

She is the founding director for “Changing the Game: The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Sports Project,” and the former director of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s “It Takes A Team” project, an LGBT education project.

An NCAA-recognized speaker, Griffin consults regularly with the NCAA, as well as with college and high school departments of athletics on LGBT issues in sports.

Griffin is the author of “Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in Sports,” co-editor of “Teaching For Diversity and Social Justice,” and co-author of “On The Team: Equal Opportunities for Transgender Student-Athletes,” the “NCAA Guide for the Inclusion of Transgender Athletes” and “Champions of Respect: NCAA Guide for the Inclusion of LGBTQ Student-Athletes.”

In addition, she is the author of an LGBT sports blog (www.ittakesateam.blogspot.com).

The goal of MCLA’s Leadership Academy is to prepare educators to serve as leaders of educational institutions and active citizens in their communities. Leadership Academy graduates discover how to shape a vision based on equity, justice and academic success for all students.

For more information, contact Dr. Dana Rapp, chair of MCLA’s Department of Education, (413) 662-5197, or D.Rapp@mcla.edu.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.​

For more information, go to www.mcla.edu.