Point Foundation Bullet Point alerts regents, trustees and staff about Joelle Ruby Ryan's upcoming IFGE Workshop
Lynn Conway, January 29, 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. You'll find the article at this link, and an online version of the full newsletter at this link.
That article was followed by an alert to the Foundation's regents, trustees and staff on January 21, 2009 in the Bullet Point newsletter. We've excerpted the alert about Joelle's work and included it here:
From the Point Foundation's
January 21, 2009
Scholar Participates in International Foundation
As you may have read in the most recent issue of Mentoring Messenger, 2007 Point Scholar Joelle Ruby Ryan, PhD candidate at Bowling Green State University, chaired a National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) panel discussion on resisting transphobia in academia. Her mentor, Lynn Conway, attended the panel session and reported about it on her personal website (Lynnconway.com). On the heels of her success, Joelle will be participating in another panel at the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) in Washington D.C. next month. The Conference will address issues related to how transgender identities have been pathologized in academia.
“I am very excited to be participating in a panel at the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) in February 2009 in Washington, D.C. The panel is entitled " 'Disordered' No More: Challenging Transphobia in Psychology, Academia and Society" and it examines the ways in which transgender identities have been pathologized and demonized in some streams of scientific and academic research and policy. I have had the pleasure of working on this panel, as well as a previous (2008) panel held at the National Women's Studies Association, with my Point Foundation Mentor Lynn Conway. Lynn has served as a Session Advisor and has been generous with her time, enthusiastic and supportive of this work. It is our hope that this panel will be one more humble contribution to aid in the struggle for civil rights and human dignity for all transgender people. The Mentorship and Community Service Projects are wonderful components of the Point Foundation that are spurring both positive community relationships and important academic and activist work. We are at an exciting tipping point in the quest for LGBT Liberation, and Point should be commended for the formidable role it is playing in engendering positive social transformation.”
For information about the conference, please visit:
"Scholar Participates in
International Foundation for Gender Education", Bullet Point, Point Foundation,
January 21, 2009.
For more information see:
1. Bullet Point, Point Foundation, January 21, 2009.
2. Point Foundation Mentoring Messenger, December 2008
3. "Report on Joelle Ruby Ryan's NWSA Panel Discussion published in the Point Foundation's Mentoring Messenger", Lynn Conway, LynnConway.com, January 10, 2009.
4. "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.
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