Report on Joelle Ruby Ryan's NWSA Panel Discussion
published in the Point Foundation's Mentoring Messenger
By Lynn Conway, January 10, 2009
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.
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 lynnconway.com.
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."
"Working Together on LGBT Community Service
Projects", Point Foundation Mentoring Messenger, Point Foundation,
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, lynnconway.com, 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, lynnconway.com, January 29, 2009.
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