Report on Joelle Ruby Ryan's NWSA Panel Discussion

published in the Point Foundation's Mentoring Messenger


By Lynn Conway, January 10, 2009

[V 1-27-09]


The Point Foundation provides financial support, mentoring, leadership training and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. By supporting diversity in the academic environment, Point hopes to create a greater level of acceptance, respect and tolerance within future generations for all persons regardless of sexual orientation gender identity or gender expression.


In December 2008 the Point Foundation newsletter, the "Mentoring Messenger", reported on the community-service advocacy work of Point Foundation Scholar Joelle Ruby Ryan, a Ph.D. candidate at Bowling Green State University and her mentor Prof. Lynn Conway of the University of Michigan. The article follows below, along with links to further information, including an online version of the full newsletter containing the article.


The Foundation followed up that article with a further alert about Joelle's work in the Bullet Point newsletter that was sent to their Regents, Trustees and Staff on January 21, 2009.




Working Together on LGBT Community Service Projects* 

Working together on a community service project can be a wonderful way to build and strengthen a mentorship. Last year, in the face of direct threats to her future academic career, Joelle Ruby Ryan courageously chaired a National Women’s Studies Association panel discussion on resisting transphobia in academia. Her mentor, Lynn Conway was by her side before, during and after the endeavor.  

Lynn was kind enough to report the session on her website at


 Joelle and Lynn.jpg


Joelle Ruby Ryan, Lynn Conway, Maria (aka 'Juanita')
and Andrea James, the evening before the panel

Lynn Conway setting up the camera before the session 








"I am honored to have Lynn Conway as a mentor to share her wisdom with me, and to proffer advice and support to guide me on my journey to personal and professional fulfillment and success."
- Joelle Ruby Ryan, Ph.D. candidate, Bowling Green State University  

"It's been truly rewarding to interact with Joelle Ruby Ryan, and to follow her wonderful progress towards personal and career success
 - Lynn Conway, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Emerita, University of Michigan






"Working Together on LGBT Community Service Projects", Point Foundation Mentoring Messenger, Point Foundation, December 2008.

For more information see: 

1. Point Foundation Mentoring Messenger, December 2008

2. "Joelle Ruby Ryan chairs NWSA panel on resisting transphobia in academia: The event Alice Dreger failed to stop", A Report by Lynn Conway,, June 27, 2008.

3. Bullet Point, Point Foundation, January 21, 2009.

4. "Point Foundation Bullet Point alerts regents, trustees and staff about Joelle Ruby Ryan's upcoming IFGE Workshop," Lynn Conway,, January 29, 2009.


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