Loyola University Maryland


Sexuality and Justice: Beyond Rhetoric

Sexuality and Justice Beyond Rhetoric Advertisement for Thursday November 9th at 7pm event in 4th Floor Program Room

About the Event: 

In his 2009 book, Where Is Knowing Going?, Father John C, Haughey, S.J. writes, “Catholic institutions need to create processes that connect people and disciplines to the living past with a future, to which they can contribute and which they can feel themselves to be an integral part” (Haughey, 2009, p. 39). In a related insight and in compassionate response to the June 2016 mass shooting in Orlando, Father Brian Linnane, S.J., declared, “Today we are all GLBTQ+.”  How do we benefit from and build upon these insights?  How do we each help make the campus and the world a safe space/a brave space to claim and express our stories?   Come hear personal journeys of identity as they relate to sexuality and justice.

Resources for Attendees: 

About the Panel Members: 

  • Kathleen Ball, Class of 2019
    Kathleen Ball is a writing major with a biology minor at Loyola University at Maryland. She has been an active member of many LGBTQPIA+ groups on campus such as 'Spectrum' and 'In, Out, and In-between'. She has also attended Ignation Q in 2015 and 2016, a national conference for LGBTQPIA+ social justice in Jesuit Universities. She identifies as asexual and uses she/her/hers pronouns and would like to continue to advocate for LGBTQPIA+  rights on campus. 
  • AJ Drexel, Class of 2018
    A.J. Drexel is a senior Econ major originally from New York, currently residing in Maryland.  He loves reading books and listening to podcasts.  On campus he’s the President of Spectrum and the Chair of IgnatianQ 2017.
  • Megan Suder, Class of 2017 
    Megan Suder graduated from Loyola in January 2017 with a BA in Writing/Studio Arts. During their time at Loyola, they served as Spectrum President/Co-President from their sophomore year to their final senior semester. They also had the opportunity to attend the IgnatianQ conference twice. Today, they reside and work in Baltimore as a Marketing Assistant
  • Sivagami (“Shiva”) Subbaraman – Special Assistant to the Vice President & Director, LGBTQ Resource Center, Georgetown University
    Sivagami (“Shiva”) Subbaraman is the first Director of the LGBTQ Resource Center, one of the first institutionally funded Centers in a Jesuit university in the country.  Since she came on board in the Fall of 2008, she has worked to establish the Center as an integral and integrated part of the Hilltop community by building across differing communities and groups. The Center now offers a full range of intersectional student- centered academic programming, support services, educational programs, and seminars and workshops.

    In partnership with colleagues, she has envisioned and created a retreat program, Journeys: Understanding Self & Building Community, which builds on Jesuit educational values centered around reflection and community. Under her leadership, the Center was honored to receive an one million dollar endowment from Paul & Chan Tagliabue that has established the The Tagliabue Initiative for LGBTQ Life: Fostering Formation & Transformation (“Initiative”).  This is a significant endorsement of the educational value and scope of the work, and is one of the largest for any LGBTQ Center in the country.

    The Tagliabue Initiative has now made possible a Faculty Research Award to support academic work related to LGBTQ life (https://lgbtq.georgetown.edu/tagliabue-initiative/facultyaward); works with campus-wide initiatives to promote, enhance, and deepen our understanding of LGBTQ issues in the context of larger diversity issues. We have also created a new year-long Institute/Seminar for LGBTQ students, Gatherings: Towards Flourishing, Formation, & Transformation.

    Shiva serves on several key campus committees, including the LGBT Campus Committee, the Safety Net, Women's & Gender Studies Steering Committee, the Sexual Assault Working Group, the Disability Justice Working Group, committee on A Different Dialogue and the Provost’s committee on Diversity among several others.
    Prior to Georgetown, she worked at the University of Maryland, at the LGBT Equity Center, and the Office of Human Relations Programs (now Office of Diversity Education).  While there, Shiva co-developed and implemented the Rainbow Terrapin Training program,  and the LGBT Peer Education program. She also worked extensively with the Words of Engagement: an Intergroup Dialogue program. Shiva worked on the two-year Ford Foundation funded INTERACT (Intergroup Dialogue as Pedagogy Across the Curriculum) project which integrates dialogues in curricula.

    She has taught at Macalester College, Drake University, and University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Her primary areas of research are African American & American literature, feminist, and queer literature and theories.

    She has keynoted and presented at several national conferences (ACPA, NASPA, JASPA, Expanding the Circle, Creating Change), on social and racial justice, LGBTQ and faith, and race and gender. She has presented several day-long institutes, colloquia, and seminars on how to envision and implement LGBTQ work that is intersectional;  how to do LGBTQ work in faith-based institutions with creativity and sensitivity; and to create campus-wide templates for work that is centered on race, gender, class, and equity.  She has been invited to several campuses in a consulting and advisory capacity.

    She is a feminist activist and serves on the board of several local community organizations. In her varied career, she is most happy to report that she also managed a coffee shop for several years that allowed her to continue her scholarship in a way that being an adjunct professor could not. She has also realized, much to her consternation, that there lurks "a geek" in her humanities soul.

About the Moderator:

  • Frank Golom, PhD. is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Loyola University Maryland.  

Questions for Further Reflection and Discussion: 

  • What is the best way to share our stories?
  • What does self-care look like when sharing stories and being the “token XYZ” person on campus?
  • How can we share our stories and realities everyday in a less grandiose and more organic way?
  • What can we learn on campus and apply to the world/community beyond in terms of LGBT+ justice? 
  • How does sexual and gender diversity benefit our school's community?
  • How do you personally address homophobia and transphobia daily in your life?
  • In the face of tragedy how can we best provide safety and comfort for those in the LGBTQPIA+ community?

For more information about this event and further opportunities, contact messina@loyola.edu


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