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CSUB to Host 9th Annual Gender Matters Interdisciplinary Student Research Symposium

California State University, Bakersfield’s 9th Annual Gender Matters Interdisciplinary Student Research Symposium, highlighting women, gender and sexuality studies, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 28, in the CSUB Student Housing Multipurpose Room.

“This event is a unique opportunity for CSUB and the Bakersfield community to see what our students are learning about how gender matters in various disciplines, as well as to hear panel discussions tied to increasing gender-based issues and challenges in the current decade,” said Dr. Jean West, Faculty Coordinator of CSUB’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program.

Los Angeles-based Salvadoran poet and body positivity activist Yesika Salgado will be featured as this year’s keynote speaker. Salgado, known for writing about her family, her culture, roots and her brown body with unique flair, has shared her work throughout the country. She has successfully published two poetry collections dubbed The Luna poems and WOES.

Presented by CSUB’s School of Arts and Humanities, Associated Students Incorporated (ASI), WGSS and Club GEN (Gender Equality Now), the Symposium will focus on student research, examine diverse subjects including effects of gender in a wide variety of contexts such as gender in literature, gender and violence, and gender and legal and social systems. It also will include a resource fair.

“The goal behind the symposium is to enable CSUB students to publicly present their gender-relevant research and to expose CSUB students, faculty, and community members to gender-relevant search from various disciplines,” said Dr. West.

Event will be free and open to the public with free parking in lots K1, K2 and L. Refreshments will also be available.

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