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CSUB Hosts 11th Annual Gender Matters Symposium and Poetry Workshop

California State University, Bakersfield is hosting its 11th annual Gender Matters Symposium and Poetry Workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose Room.

This event provides campus and the community an opportunity to learn and share how gender impacts our lives today. We have talented and knowledgeable students that will discuss current issues on a panel, share pieces of artwork, and express themselves with poetry. Bringing awareness to gender, especially our trans and non-binary community, is very important, and our university is making efforts to expand gender awareness,said Dr. Bre Evans-Santiago, Teacher Education Department, Community Engagement Coordinator.

Kavi Ade is this year’s Symposium speaker and will give a talk, entitled “How to Bloom.” Ade is an activist, arts educator and nationally recognized spoken word poet of Afro and Indigenous Caribbean descent. Kavi received a BA in Social Justice with a concentration on Art for Social Change and Gender Justice from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

The Symposium will also include a Poetry Workshop from 9 to 10 a.m., with check in beginning at 8:30 a.m. Participation for the workshop is limited. To reserve a spot, those interested can register at

CSUB student organization Club GEN will present a discussion panel entitled, “Strategies for Creating Inclusive and Supportive Environments for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students in Higher Education.”

Club Gen panelists will include:

  • Rene Upton CSUB Student and Club Gen Member

  • Dr. Richard Zamora CSUB Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

  • River Navarro CSUB Alumni

  • Kris Lee Richards Bakersfield College Student and SAGA Member, BC.

    Other students, Delila Solis and Club GEN President, Samantha DeLaCruz will present as well. An art exhibit will feature works from CSUB students and community members.

    This event is presented by the Interdisciplinary Studies Program – Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies by co-sponsored by LGBTQ+ Affinity Group; Kegley Institute of Ethics (KIE), Club Gen, Black Faculty and Staff Association, LGBTQ+ Network and Associated Students, Inc. (ASI).

    The event is free and open to the public and parking passes will be provided. For more information about the event, or a parking pass, please contact: Dr. Tracey Salisbury at or Dr. Bre Evans-Santiago at

    For more information about Kavi Ade, please visit

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