University Diversity and Inclusion

Events

March 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - Michael Sam Lecture

Henderson Hall, Rm 100

Michael Sam is a former SEC Defensive player of the year, former NFL player for the St. Louis Rams, and the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. He encourages you to boldly and courageiously pursue your dreams and define your success with his impassioned personal story of resilience over life's challenges.

GAYpril 2018

Calendar of Events for Washburn University LGBTQIA Month, April 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - Michael Sam Lecture

Henderson Hall, Rm 100

Michael Sam is a former SEC Defensive player of the year, former NFL player for the St. Louis Rams, and the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. He encourages you to boldly and courageiously pursue your dreams and define your success with his impassioned personal story of resilience over life's challenges.


Tuesday, GAYpril 3, 2018 - Sam Brinton - 50 Bills 50 States: Ending the Dangerous & Discredited Practice of Conversion Therapy

Henderson Hall, Rm 100

Sam is one of the world’s leading advocates for LGBTQ youth. They are the founder and head of the 50 Bill 50 States campaign to end the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, first in the United States and then around the globe. As a survivor of conversion therapy, Sam has spearheaded efforts to submit legislation and promote public education in the hopes of ending the practice on minors. They have co-chaired the National Center for Lesbian Rights Advisory Committee on conversion therapy and have spoken before the United Nations and Congress. They have been featured in numerous media including a recent New York Times op-ed as well as TIME, MSNBC, The Washington Post. PBS Newshour, Huffington Post, and CTV in Canada.

Their professional training is in nuclear engineering and public policy. Following graduate degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Nuclear Engineering and the Technology Policy Program, Sam served as a policy analyst, fellow and director of government affairs focused on nuclear energy at think tanks and energy organizations. They have authored successful legislation, briefed congressional members as well as President Obama and President Trump on the wonders of nuclear physics.

Sam is an avid singer with the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C. and can be found running along Rock Creek Park singing at the top of their lungs. Sam's pronouns are they, them, and theirs.

May 2018