Mentorship – Farris Law Firm http://farrislawfirm.com/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 03:37:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://farrislawfirm.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png Mentorship – Farris Law Firm http://farrislawfirm.com/ 32 32 Assisterhood Industry Mentorship Scheme Expands, Announces NSW and VIC Leaders – Campaign Briefing https://farrislawfirm.com/assisterhood-industry-mentorship-scheme-expands-announces-nsw-and-vic-leaders-campaign-briefing/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 00:22:28 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/assisterhood-industry-mentorship-scheme-expands-announces-nsw-and-vic-leaders-campaign-briefing/
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With strong growth in both QLD and VIC, Assisterhood is going national – announcing its expansion to an NSW program in 2023.

Assisterhood is a 1:1 industry mentorship program that connects underrepresented people in creative and communications to mentorship, experience and education. Experienced mentors come from creative, media, marketing, production, design, technology and digital roles.

Charlotte Goodsir, Google Account Strategist (left picture) joins the Assisthood team as NSW Lead, while Jessie Roper, Senior Business Manager at Saatchi & Saatchi (right picture) was promoted to VIC Lead following the program’s success in its first year at Naarm (Melbourne).

“The arrival of Char and Jessie marks the next stage of growth for Assisterhood. They are both excellent, talented and kind women – and I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with them again. says Linh Diep, founder of Assisterhood.

Goodsir and Roper both worked with Diep in Advertising Council Australia’s Youngbloods organization. They join Liz Ballantyne and Isabelle Debnam who run the Assisterhood QLD program.

What started as a mentoring initiative from Meanjin (Brisbane) with five mentors and their respective mentees in 2018, now offers a national program that connects 100 mentors and mentees, organizes regular industry events, collaborations and even a podcast.

Diep encourages more mentees and mentors from regional, disadvantaged and culturally diverse backgrounds to apply next year and says, “You can’t be what you can’t see.

“If you don’t have a leader in your network that you can relate to, definitely consider applying to the program next year.” It’s amazing how much of a difference having someone in your corner makes a difference when they understand what you’re going through. – says Polina Shilenina, Product Manager at Assisterhood.

Together with Goodsir, Assisterhood is starting to recruit a team of NSW volunteers to help launch the program early next year. And with a new series of Assistcasts on the horizon, 2023 is set to empower more women and allies than ever.

Connect with Assisterhood:
Social media – @assisterhood
Podcast – Assistcast

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Mentorship program points North Park’s young men to a successful path – NBC 6 South Florida https://farrislawfirm.com/mentorship-program-points-north-parks-young-men-to-a-successful-path-nbc-6-south-florida/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 02:10:49 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/mentorship-program-points-north-parks-young-men-to-a-successful-path-nbc-6-south-florida/

Every Wednesday, young men ages 16-24 from Miami’s North Park community gather to learn more about life.

“People skills, conversation skills, respect, things like that,” Caleb Washington said. “I carry myself just like a young man.”

Washington, 20, is one of a dozen young men participating in the North Park Suns Men’s Mentorship Program.

The aim is to help them acquire skills to find a job. It’s a program that Washington says helped keep him on the wrong track.

“I used to do the wrong things,” he said. “I didn’t want to go to school. I didn’t want to do the right things, deep down. I was just skipping school, not going to school.

The program was created by Urban Strategies, a nonprofit that connects families to the resources they need.

Benjamin Fortson and Rachel Janvier, both in their twenties, helped come up with the idea after a personal incident with gun violence.

“I don’t want anyone to feel this pain or go through what I had to go through,” Janvier said.

Last year, Janvier’s 23-year-old brother was shot dead.

“He was just sitting on the porch with his friend,” she said.

Although he survived, Janvier and Fortson say the shooting motivated them to launch the program, which began in February.

“We knew it would be hard to get to know these kids and see everything we wanted to see,” Fortson said.

Before classes started, volunteers scoured the neighborhoods of North Park, recruiting young men to join the program.

“We try to save a life every Wednesday,” said Earnest Hardy, who runs the weekly classes.

Sessions cover a wide range of topics, from financial literacy to culinary arts to entrepreneurship.

Hardy says the biggest lesson he teaches is sharing his own life experience.

“I’m paralyzed from chest to toe,” he said.

Hardy is now in a wheelchair after being shot five times in 2009.

“Twice in my leg, my elbow was shot, twice in the back of my shoulder,” he said. “I hope this will open their eyes and wake some of them up because you don’t want to end up like this.”

So far, the classes seem to be working, at least for Washington, who has just started a new job transporting patients to a local hospital.

He says his ultimate dream is to become a firefighter.

“I love helping people,” he said. “I have a passion for it.”

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Fifth annual mentoring day scheduled for October 21 – Troubadour https://farrislawfirm.com/fifth-annual-mentoring-day-scheduled-for-october-21-troubadour/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 15:01:00 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/fifth-annual-mentoring-day-scheduled-for-october-21-troubadour/

SFU graduates from various Shields School of Business majors who are now working and succeeding in various careers will return to SFU on October 21 for the University’s fifth annual Mentoring Day.

Mentorship Day provides current students with the opportunity to gain valuable insight and advice from former students who held the same seats they currently hold.

“It’s exciting to see current students network with former students and receive advice and guidance on what to expect in their own careers and how to make good decisions about their future,” said Kelly Rhodes, chair of the Department of Communications and Criminal Justice.

The networking opportunities the event provides for students often open doors for them as they take their first steps into the business world.

“I’ve been going to Mentoring Day for a few years and every year I’ve met someone new,” said graduate student Kerry Galloway.

“Some of the people I’ve met on Mentoring Day in the past, I’ll be in touch with for job opportunities.”

As in years past, next month’s event will feature over 10 sessions across different disciplines and topics.

“Currently, the communications panel is still being assembled, but so far we have Nicolette Belasco, Digital Marketing Coordinator at McLanahan Corporation in Hollidaysburg; Marina Misitano, Digital Marketing Associate at Leybold in Pittsburgh; and Bob Gillespie, director of instruction at Top Golf in Pittsburgh,” Rhodes said.

The primary goal of Mentorship Day is for current Saint Francis students to build relationships with SFU graduates—relationships that could pay off after graduation.

“All of our students should plan to attend as many sessions as possible and make time to speak with alumni on October 21,” Rhodes said.

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Women’s Group Spotlights Latino Artists, Offers Mentorship in Indiana – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather forecast https://farrislawfirm.com/womens-group-spotlights-latino-artists-offers-mentorship-in-indiana-wish-tv-indianapolis-news-indiana-weather-forecast/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 22:27:45 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/womens-group-spotlights-latino-artists-offers-mentorship-in-indiana-wish-tv-indianapolis-news-indiana-weather-forecast/

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A group of women are developing new ways to ensure all Latino artists have a voice in Indiana.

“There’s so much talent in Indy and Latinas are as talented as anyone else, and we’re so happy about that,” said Mirvia Sol Eckert, co-founder of Indy Latina Artists.

Mirvia Sol Eckert, from Puerto Rico, and Mary Mindiola, from Venezuela, are on a mission to empower Latino artists and bring them to light.

“People always want to see the artist behind the art and that’s very, very important, so I want them to feel confident. That’s our goal,” Eckert said.

That’s why they created an all-female group called Indy Latina Artists which offers mentorship and exposure opportunities in both Spanish and English.

The duo met years ago and found they shared a lot in common.

“She was Latina like me, so there was a connection and then I saw her at different shows. She started showing up at different shows with me and we just started talking,” Mary E. Mindiola said. , co-founder of Indy Latina Artists.

Last week, the group debuted their inaugural exhibition at the third-floor gallery at Saks Fifth Avenue. The exhibition runs until October 9.

“My culture is very, very important to me and so I used these warm Caribbean colors to express my feelings, so I used a lot of different colors that were very vibrant,” Eckert said.

“A lot of the artists that we have are just emerging, getting a sense of what it’s all about and they’re very talented. They want to be out there. They just don’t know how. They’re a bit shy, they are intimidated by language,” Mindiola said.

“We hope they feel comfortable with us. Let them come to us. Some of them, we help them with their bios. This Saks was their first time exhibiting,” Eckert said.

Indy Latina Artists will host another event to showcase more art at the Circle City Industrial Complex in February 2023.

For more information about the group, you can contact Mirvia Sol Eckert and Mary Mindiola at indylatinaartists@gmail.com.

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Black Girls Dream Tour offers mentorship and inspiration https://farrislawfirm.com/black-girls-dream-tour-offers-mentorship-and-inspiration/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 01:36:00 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/black-girls-dream-tour-offers-mentorship-and-inspiration/

Black Girls Dream Tour offers mentorship and inspiration



ONCE AGAIN MONDAY MORNING THIS AFTERNOON AN EVENT TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE FOR MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY. WVTM 13 CHIP SCARBOROUGH IS LIVE IN BIRMINGHAM WITH MORE ON THE DREAM BUS TOUR. CHIP. JEFF’S ORGANIZERS SAY THEY REALIZE THERE IS SOMETHING THEY CALLS SEVERE UNDER-INVESTMENT IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY THAT CAUSED THE EVENT YOU SEE LIVE HAPPEN HERE AT KELLY INGRAM PARK. NOW IT’S CALLED A BLACK GIRLS DREAM TOUR. THIS IS THE LAST STOP ON THIS TOUR. AND KELLY INGRAM PARK IN BIRMINGHAM CITY CENTRE. IT IS ORGANIZED BY THE CONSORTIUM OF SOUTHERN BLACK GIRLS AND WOMEN, BASED IN ATLANTA. THOSE ORGANIZING THE EVENT SAY THEIR MAIN GOAL IS TO BRING JOY TO THE COMMUNITY. IT’S DONE THROUGH A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING SENSITIVE HOUSES, BOARD GAMES, A 360 DEGREE PHOTOBOOTH AND SCORE STATIONS. WE REALIZE WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT WE MENTOR, WE BRING JOY TO OUR COMMUNITIES. WE CANNOT DEPEND ON OTHERS TO DO IT. SO IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT JUST THE PURE HUMBLITY AND PURE APPRECIATION THAT OUR BENEFITS HAVE, IT’S JUST ON I WANT, IT’S JUST AMAZING. IT’S JUST AMAZING THAT THE EVENT IS ENDING HERE WITHIN THE NEXT MINUTES BEFORE THE TOUR ENDS HERE IN BIRMINGHAM, A NUMBER OF OTHER STOPS WERE MADE AND JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, LIVINGSTON, ALABAMA AND WILCOX COUNTY, ALABAMA, LIVE AT KELLY INGRAM PARK IN DOWNT

Black Girls Dream Tour offers mentorship and inspiration

An event aimed at building a better future for members of our community took place at Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham. Watch the video above to learn more about the special tour which ended in Birmingham.

An event aimed at building a better future for members of our community took place at Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham. Watch the video above to learn more about the special tour which ended in Birmingham.

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GR Chamber Invests in Black and Maroon Owned Businesses https://farrislawfirm.com/gr-chamber-invests-in-black-and-maroon-owned-businesses/ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 02:37:44 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/gr-chamber-invests-in-black-and-maroon-owned-businesses/

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce is expanding assistance to Black and Brown-owned businesses.

The chamber recently launched its new “Centre for Economic Inclusion,” designed to fill important gaps in the city’s business scene.

Of the 11,000 businesses in Grand Rapids that earn $250,000 or more a year, less than 1% are black and brown owned.

In fact, 98% of the revenue generated in Grand Rapids comes from white-owned businesses.

The new center will offer consulting, technical assistance, CEO mentoring, assistance with certifications and provide direct financial assistance to participating companies.

Attah Obande, who has been named head of the new centre, says helping black and brown-owned businesses helps everyone.

“Goldman Sachs a few years ago did a study that they called ‘Black Womanomics’ because black women are the fastest growing segments of entrepreneurs. And he said if we help a million black women-owned businesses grow, we could increase the national GDP by $450 billion, so there’s an economic case for doing that work as well,” explained Oband.

The chamber also did a separate study that showed that offering just a little help to Black and Maroon-owned businesses in the Grand Rapids area could boost the city’s economy by $6 billion a year. year.

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DEEL provides funding to increase educator diversity and organizational development https://farrislawfirm.com/deel-provides-funding-to-increase-educator-diversity-and-organizational-development/ Wed, 14 Sep 2022 15:39:14 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/deel-provides-funding-to-increase-educator-diversity-and-organizational-development/
An African American female teacher teaches a disabled girl to use a digital tablet in elementary school. school and education concept

By Aaron Allen, The Seattle Medium

As we continue to witness the devastating effects the pandemic has had on our community’s education efforts to rebound and recover in the best interests of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens, the Department of Education and Seattle Early Learning (DEEL) provides resources to help increase diversity and the number of educators in the Seattle area.

Last week, DEEL awarded $893,000 to six organizations that will help create and expand pathways in education and promote worker retention for educators of color.

“By investing in educator diversity, we are working to ensure that all Seattle students have teachers who make them feel safe and supported at school,” said Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell. “We’re proud to partner with community organizations like One Seattle to help educators of color enter and stay in the workforce, which we know has a big impact on student achievement.”

Building on recommendations from the Equitable Communities Initiative, a task force set up by Harrell, the initiative envisions a range of funding mechanisms and programmatic structures, including participatory budgeting, grants, offers and loans. Additionally, an Educator Diversity Funding Plan will support up to 5,200 educators through program completion, recruitment, mentoring and other professional development. The funds will also be used to increase the capacity of organizations to increase their reach and impact.

According to the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, approximately 790 (21%) of Seattle Public Schools (SPS) teachers and 29,000 (54%) of its students identified as people of color during the course of the 2020-21 school year. Studies show that investments supporting a diverse community of educators entering and remaining in the field lead to better test scores, increased enrollment in advanced-level courses, increased graduation rates, and enrollment in college for students of color.

“Representation matters,” says Dr. Dwane Chappelle, director of DEEL. “It gives our children the opportunity to learn in environments that affirm their identity, their history and the path taken by many before them to succeed. Ensuring our educators of color have accessible and supportive career paths is essential to cultivating learning environments where students thrive.

Community involvement was central to the investment design process through a comprehensive engagement process, including interviews with organizations as well as listening sessions from young people working to support diversity educators.

Based on community feedback, programs funded under this initiative will support professional development in at least one of five strategic areas:

• Hall: Outreach, recruitment and enrollment in teacher preparation programs.

• Retention of the teacher training program: Support to persevere and complete readiness programs, including training focused on skill building and leadership development.

• Maintenance in class while on duty: Professional learning fostering peer connection and mentorship leading to perseverance and job satisfaction.

• Career progression : Support for educators interested in certification in teaching, leadership or administration.

• Professional and organizational development: Resources supporting progress towards teaching certification for non-teaching staff and expanding organizational capacity of community organizations.

The first grant recipient, Joe Truss of Truss Leadership, says the city’s investments will go a long way toward more positive classroom outcomes, especially for students of color.

“To truly work toward anti-racism outcomes in schools, educators of color need to be at the center of the work,” Truss says. “This funding will help Truss Leadership create professional learning spaces that honor the unique experiences of educators of color, encourage wellness strategies, and promote best teaching practices.

Technology Access Foundation (TAF), Levy Opportunity & Access Partner for Long-Term Families, Education, Early Learning, and Promise (FEPP), will use Educator Diversity Funds to support 70 Martinez Scholars in Seattle with workshops on the pedagogy of liberation, graduate scholarships and early career coaching.

Other investments in educator diversity funded by DEEL include the Academy for Rising Educators and the Seattle Teacher Residency, both in partnership with Seattle Public Schools. Since 2019, DEEL’s investments in educator diversity have served approximately 250 educators.

According to Dr. Sarah Pritchett, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Seattle Public Schools, the goal of their partnership with DEEL is to diversify school district leadership and staff and support their efforts to hire and retain educators. budding.

“Seattle Public Schools is committed to a culturally sensitive workforce. The diversity of our staff, school leadership and central office is a primary goal,” said Pritchett. “Through our strong partnership with DEEL, we leverage strategies that support future educators as they enter the field, while maintaining inclusive learning environments in our schools.”

The full list of Educator Diversity Recipients includes:

ACE Academy – $150,000

Filipino American Educators of Washington – $150,000

My Brother’s Teacher – $150,000

Praxis Institute for Early Childhood Education – $150,000

Technology Access Foundation – $148,797

Farm Management – $144,000

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Brigham Young University removes LGBTQ brochures from freshman welcome bags https://farrislawfirm.com/brigham-young-university-removes-lgbtq-brochures-from-freshman-welcome-bags/ Sun, 04 Sep 2022 21:41:04 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/brigham-young-university-removes-lgbtq-brochures-from-freshman-welcome-bags/

Brigham Young University removes LGBTQ pamphlets from freshmen welcome bags for violating religious college policy on same-sex relationships

  • Mormon-influenced college says it wants students to refer to its new home office
  • Brochures contained information about off-campus LGBTQ events and resources for scholarship funding and mentoring
  • A student said she had a contractual agreement with BYU’s student newspaper, Daily Universe, to assemble the welcome bags
  • She also revealed that she had to pay a mandatory $200 college fee
  • BYU’s honor code has already caused confusion about its acceptance of ‘homosexual romantic behavior’ or students risk not being enrolled

Brigham Young University — owned by the Church of Latter-day Saints — in Utah has removed flyers advertising resourceful brochures for LGBTQ students in new student welcome bags.

The private college’s administration said it removed helpful information so students could refer to its home office, NBC News reported.

The brochures included details of regular off-campus LGBTQ events, as well as local therapeutic resources, scholarship funding, and mentorship. They were made by a non-profit organization called RaYnbow Collection, which is not affiliated with any school.

Maddison Tenney, an LGBTQ student at BYU, revealed that she was behind the creation of the pamphlets after experiencing loneliness at Mormon-influenced college.

“I remember sitting in my white dorm with these cement walls and falling apart,” Tenney told NBC News. “I didn’t know anyone who was like me, who wanted to be faithful and embrace the fullness of themselves.”

Students, however, are not allowed to interact in “homosexual romantic behavior” or risk being unenrolled, according to Fox News.

A QR code on the brochure would give students access to off-campus LGBTQ resources

A brochure made by a freshman at Bingham Young University (BYU) has been removed from the welcome bags of new students after allegedly violating the college’s honor code on same-sex relationships

The Mormon-influenced university said it removed the brochures, which provided information about LGBTQ events to new students, because it wanted faculty to check with the Membership Office.

The Mormon-influenced university said it removed the brochures, which provided information about LGBTQ events to new students, because it wanted faculty to check with the Membership Office.

The college has already caused confusion over its rules on same-sex relationships in 2020 after removing sections of its honor code relating to the subject, The Washington Examiner reported.

Tenney said she had a contractual agreement with BYU’s student newspaper, Daily Universe, to assemble the welcome bags and paid a mandatory $200 fee.

In total, the young woman distributed 5,000 pamphlets, describing them as “very vanilla, very in tune with the teachings of the church”.

“We really tried to make sure it was kosher and in line with the policy,” she told NBC News. “We didn’t hear anything more, ‘Sounds great’.”

Tenney later found out through a friend who works as a resident assistant at the school that staff were instructed to remove RaYnbow collective brochures from each welcome bag.

The student was later informed by the Office of Student Life that her flyers were deemed inappropriate for incoming students as they went against the principles and values ​​of the church.

University staff responded to NBC News’ survey by saying they “would like our students and employees to use our new membership office as a primary resource in these efforts.”

“The decision to remove the documents from Student Life was based on the university’s commitment to provide support through the Office of Membership and our advisory services and not to allow outside entities to imply university affiliation or endorsement,” the statement continued.

Brigham Young University has been subject to similar controversies in the past that point to the school's non-acceptance stance on same-sex relationships, especially in 2020.

Brigham Young University has been subject to similar controversies in the past that point to the school’s non-acceptance stance on same-sex relationships, especially in 2020.

The University Membership Office was established in August 2021 and its mission is to “primarily focus on the coordination and improvement of membership services and efforts on campus”.

BYU was founded in 1875 by religious leader Brigham Young, whose name represents the first two letters of the school’s initials.

It is based in Provo, Utah and has approximately 33,633 students.

The school was the subject of controversy in 2021 when it was revealed that gay students were prohibited from meeting in a heterosexual LGBTQ covenant group on campus.

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Out for Undergrad & Queer Capita Team Up to Launch Music Mentoring https://farrislawfirm.com/out-for-undergrad-queer-capita-team-up-to-launch-music-mentoring/ Fri, 02 Sep 2022 21:45:00 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/out-for-undergrad-queer-capita-team-up-to-launch-music-mentoring/

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, USA, Sept. 2, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Just in time for a new academic year, New York-based nonprofit organization Queer Capita (@queercapita) is partnering with LGBTQ2+ organization Out For Undergrad ( @outforundergrad) as part of their 2022 Marketing Conference programmatic offerings. Working with O4U Marketing to create a mentorship pilot program for undergraduate students interested in the music and entertainment, Queer Capita has enabled LGBTQ2+ students to learn from some of the top executives in the music industry. The program has included executive mentors from companies including Atlantic Records, Luminate, YouTube Music, Google, Warner Music Group, mtheory and the Music Business Association.

O4U has been providing industry-specific educational opportunities since 2004, reaching over 1,000 LGBTQ2+ undergraduate students each year. Each year, the organization organizes four conferences focusing on marketing, business, technology and engineering. This year marks the first time that the O4U Marketing Conference has presented an educational opportunity specific to the entertainment industry for students prior to the conference. To begin, Queer Capita has partnered with O4U to provide not only individual and group opportunities, but also guest speakers and educational workshops related to music and entertainment.

Queer Capita was born out of the idea of ​​connecting queer people in the music industry and advancing opportunities for young people interested in the music profession. Thinking about how to continue these actions with more than 200 members, Shannon Bradley, Head of the Impact Committee, jumped at the chance to extend Queer Capita’s impact to undergraduate students:

“Mentor/mentee relationships can be an essential part of establishing a lasting and meaningful career in the music industry, but can be particularly difficult to build for young Queer people given the lack of representation at the executive level. “One of our goals as an organization is to provide mentorship opportunities for young people looking to enter or engage in the music industry. We are proud to work with Out For Undergrad to help facilitate the first-ever music track opportunity for LGBTQ2+ students in their network and hope to expand these opportunities for more students in the future.”

To apply for an O4U conference, individuals must be LGBTQ2+-identified undergraduates interested in business, engineering, marketing, or technology.
To become a member of Queer Capita, you must be a Queer-identifying industry professional or a recent graduate/post-high school individual with an interest in the music industry.

ABOUT OUT FOR UNDERGRAD:
Out for Undergraduate (O4U) is supported in its mission by more than 175 of the world’s largest companies and hundreds of universities. Each year, O4U volunteers host four leadership conferences for over 1,000 high-achieving LGBTQ2+ undergraduate students and pitch them directly to future employers. Host site sponsors have included JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Ogivly, Facebook, Twitter, Cisco, Cargill, PayPal, Boston Scientific, Stanford University, PepsiCo and other leading companies. Over 7,000 LGBTQ2+ students have graduated from O4U. To learn more, please visit www.outforundergrad.org.

ABOUT QUEER CAPITA:
Founded in 2021, Queer Capita is a nonprofit professional network and community organization dedicated to building a community of LGBTQ+ music industry professionals. The mission of the organization has been and will continue to unite the Queer workforce in the music space and expand the collective impact of members through effective partnerships, creating new pathways for Queer students. and aspiring professionals, and advocating for the career growth and advancement of each member. Queer Capita aims to help shape the music industry to be more inclusive and where queer professionals can work and thrive.

Dr Cindi Love
Out for undergraduate
+1 956-589-0623
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Meet Amanda Leduc, Writer-in-Residence Mabel Pugh Taylor 2022-23 – Daily News https://farrislawfirm.com/meet-amanda-leduc-writer-in-residence-mabel-pugh-taylor-2022-23-daily-news/ Wed, 31 Aug 2022 20:07:34 +0000 https://farrislawfirm.com/meet-amanda-leduc-writer-in-residence-mabel-pugh-taylor-2022-23-daily-news/ Hamilton-based author Amanda Leduc is the 2022-23 Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence. (Photo by Trevor Cole).

Amanda Leduc remembers the impact of mentorship on her writing and now seeks to do the same for others.

Leduc is the new writer-in-residence for Mabel Pugh Taylor, which sees an established Canadian author mentor creative writers from the Hamilton community.

She says she is thrilled to work with all types of writers during her residency.

“It’s gratifying to be in a position where I can give back to the community and hopefully offer some good advice to writers just starting out or looking for someone to review their work,” she said. .

Leduc, disabled writer and author of the non-fiction book, Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability and Making Spacewho was shortlisted for a 2020 Governor General’s Literary Award and shortlisted for the 2020 Barbellion Prize. She is also the author of the novels The Miracles of Ordinary Men and more recently, The Centaur’s Wife. She has another novel set to debut in the spring of 2024, titled Wildlife, and is working on three other writing projects.

“I’m thrilled that this residency allows me to connect with local writers, as well as focus on my own writing projects,” she said. “It really is the best of both worlds.”

Leduc’s essays and stories have been published across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. She regularly lectures across North America on accessibility and the role of disability in storytelling.

She says the presentation of disability in storytelling, and its amplification by Hollywood, is in dire need of change. She cites children’s fairy tales to Marvel and Bond films as examples, where the villains often have a disfigurement or disability.

“This type of presentation sends a very clear message, certainly to people with disabilities themselves, that they have a life that no one would want if they had a choice,” she said. “What it does in our society on a larger scale is breed an aversion to disability and the pursuit of the physical construction of a world that was not built for those with a disability.

“What I want to do is change thinking and perception so that everyone realizes that we have a lot of power over how we structure the world around us.”

Born in British Columbia and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Leduc has also lived in England and Scotland. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of St. Andrews.

Leduc has cerebral palsy and lives in Hamilton. She lives with a very lovable and very destructive dog and is the communications and development coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada’s premier festival for diverse authors and stories.

She says her hometown influenced her writing, albeit indirectly.

“I tend to write weird, speculative fiction, so I haven’t staged a novel in Hamilton yet,” she said. “However, the interplay of the natural and human worlds, especially when thinking about the beauty of the city juxtaposed with its industrial roots, has definitely come to my work.”

The Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer in Residence program is run by the Department of English and Cultural Studies in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University in partnership with the McMaster University Library and the Hamilton Public Library. He is supported by the Taylor family.

Opening hours: September to December 2022

Mondays
Virtual by appointment
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fridays at McMaster University
In person by appointment
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Email englwir@mcmaster.ca to schedule an appointment

Opening hours: January to April 2023

Mondays
Virtual by appointment
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fridays at the Hamilton Public Library
In person by appointment
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Email englwir@mcmaster.ca to schedule an appointment

Writer-in-Residence Launch Event

A reception celebrating this year’s two writers will be held on Thursday, September 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.e Central Library Floor, 55 York Blvd., Hamilton. Amanda Leduc, Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence 2022-23, will be at the event to meet with members of the community. A special video message from Kateryna Babkina, the 2022-23 International Writer in E-Residence will also be shared. This event is open to the general public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit https://www.hpl.ca/writer-residence.

Virtual workshops: fall 2022 and winter 2023

Leduc plans to host two virtual workshops during his residency, including one in the fall and another in the winter. Details will be shared on the McMaster University Library website and the Hamilton Public Library website as they become available.

Useful links

Amanda Leduc website

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