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Transgender Protections Under Title IX

Transgender Protections Under Title IX

Transgender Protections under Title IX

Presenter Andrew Ortiz

Andrew Ortiz of the Transgender Law Center

South Texas College Library is partnering with the Department for Institutional Equity to present a series of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the US federal civil rights law that was enacted as part of the Education Amendments of 1972.

For this special Zoom webinar, we’ll be looking into how Title IX helps transgender students and what changes we can expect in the near future. Join us for a discussion with time for Q&A with staff attorney Andrew Ortiz from the Transgender Law Center. Registration is required, however participants will be able to ask questions anonymously through the Zoom platform. This event is free and open to all.

Event Title: “Transgender Protections Under Title IX”
Speaker: Andrew Ortiz
Date: Tuesday, November 15th 2022
Time: 6PM CST
Register here: Link

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Stories from the Front

Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin: Stories from the Front

Stories from the Front

Author Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin

Author Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin

In her newest book, Bronze Star-decorated combat commander Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin outlines her experiences and those of 13 other brave women and men affected by Military Sexual Trauma. Join us for a frank discussion about the invisible wounds left behind by assault, trauma, hardship, and combat. Copies of Stories from the Front: Pain, Betrayal, and Resilience on the MST Battlefield will be available for purchase and signing.

Event Title: “Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin: Stories from the Front”
Speaker: Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin
Date: Wednesday October 19th, 2022

1PM in the Technology Campus Auditorium

6PM in the Pecan Campus Student Union Building

Cover of Stories from the Front: Pain, Betrayal, And Resilience On The MST Battlefield

After serving 30 years in the Air Force, and as its most senior-ranking Latina officer upon retirement, Colonel Carrington Firmin was horrified by the appalling murder of a fellow Latina, Army Specialist Vanessa Guillén, in April 2020. Vanessa’s horrific death became the catalyst for repressed memories of the colonel’s own sexual assault during initial training and the repeated sexual harassment she endured early in her career and catapulted her on a soul-searching journey to document others’ experiences and to advocate for change within the armed services. Her poem “Into the Light,” featured in Stories from the Front, captures her feelings and recounts how she came to end her silence on the negative aspects of her military career. The colonel is proud of her service and the strong bonds she had with so many military professionals, but acknowledges that now is the time to share the full reality of all that she experienced and endured.

Stories from the Front is published by Blue Ear Books on April 22, 2022, to commemorate the second anniversary of Vanessa Guillén’s murder.

Blue Ear Books official website

A League of Their Own

A League of Their Own

A League of Their Own

Kick off STC Library’s Title IX 50th Anniversary series with a classic film about women in sports. Join us for snacks and a movie on Monday, September 26th at 11:30AM in the cafeteria of building H.

Can’t make it? Join us for an encore showing with an introduction and Q&A session with Title IX Coordinator Lauren Starnes on Thursday, September 29th at 6PM in the Student Union building.



Joshua Rivedal: From Impossible to I’m Possible

i'Mpossible with Joshua Rivedal

Joshua RivedalSeptember is National Suicide Awareness month. STC Library invites our students, faculty, staff, and community to join us for a presentation on how mental wellness is attainable and suicide is preventable. Our presenter, Joshua Rivedal, is the founder and creative director of The i’Mpossible Project. As a public speaker and educator, his primary focus is on suicide prevention and mental health; speeches and seminars on his experiences as a survivor of suicide loss, an attempt survivor, an abuse survivor, and youth suicide prevention—often paired with standup comedy or his one-man show Kicking My Blue Genes in the Butt (based on his book The Gospel According to Josh).

Event Title: “From Impossible to I’m Possible: Suicide Prevention CPR”
Speaker: Joshua Rivedal
Date: Wednesday September 21st, 2022
Time: 6PM CST

Register here: Link

From Impossible to I'm Possible

If you or someone you know are faced with a mental health crisis, please call the crisis hotline of the local mental health or local behavioral health authority for your county. You may find this number by using the online mental health services search form or by calling one of the numbers below.

June is Pride Month

June is Pride Month; celebrate with STC Library

In the United States, LGBTQIA+ Pride Month commemorates the Stonewall riots, which occurred at the end of June 1969. Many events are held during June to recognize the impact LGBTQIA+ people have made on society.

Transgender 101 with Antonia Harter

Antonia HarterAntonia Harter presented Transgender 101 in the auditorium at Mid-Valley Campus on Tuesday, March 22nd at 10AM. Through a partnership with faculty member Jenny Chamberlain, STC Library was able to record the presentation for posterity. Antonia Harter has presented Transgender 101 for students, faculty, and the community at STC for over ten years. She has decided to retire the presentation this year, and so we were privileged to archive this influential and historic lecture.

We are excited to share the full presentation and Q&A session, now available on our YouTube page.

View the recording here:

Pride Resources

STC’s LGBTQIA+ Student Rights and Responsibilities – Resources for students. South Texas College is committed to providing support services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and + gender identities in our community. We believe that a campus environment that celebrates differences in sexuality, sexual identity and gender identity is beneficial to the entire community.

Resources and Support for LGBTQIA+ College Students – This resource is intended to be a welcoming guide for supporters to build bridges of understanding when someone they know comes out to them as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer.

Stonewall Forever – An online monument that explores LGBTQIA+ life before and after Stonewall.

Pride Talk with Jo Reyes-Boitel – STC’s 2021 Pride celebration featured a talk with local author Jo Reyes-Boitel about her work, being a queer woman, and how she established her voice as a writer. Includes readings from Michael + Josephine and mouth.

LGBTQIA+ Studies Resource Guide – A guide with resources from the Library of Congress. These collections tell the rich and diverse story of LGBTQIA+ life in America and around the world.

The Advocate – Established in 1967, the oldest continuing LGBTQIA+ publication in the United States. The website contains approximately thirty percent of the print issue online, updated daily.

Digital Transgender Archive – The purpose of the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) is to increase the accessibility of transgender history by providing an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world.

In the Valley

RGV Pride “Mexi-Dogs” Fundraiser – June 4th at 11AM at VAC South Texas. Organized by RGV Pride.

Pride Month Movie Night – June 6th at 6PM at The Broken Sprocket. Organized by STEP: South Texas Equality Project and Planned Parenthood South Texas.

Rainbow Power Pride Night – June 9th at 6PM at the Landmark on Tower. Organized by STEP: South Texas Equality Project.

Pulse Vigil: RGV Memorial in Solidarity – June 12th at 6:30PM at Mount Calvary Christian Church. Organized by STEP: South Texas Equality Project.

RGV Pride Festival – June 25th from 12PM – 3AM in South Padre Island.

Free APA Tutoring Workshop

For those students who have come across APA style requirements and need a refresher or for those that have never used it, this is the workshop for you. It will introduce you to the style and the most often cited sources. You will learn how to in-text cite and build references for those most often used research sources.

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Living Beyond Borders

Living Beyond Borders with Margarita Longoria

Living Beyond Borders

STC Library is thrilled to host local librarian and author Margarita Longoria for National Library Week! Join us for a discussion of libraries, books, publishing, and Margarita’s recent anthology Living Beyond Borders: Growing up Mexican in America

Margarita Longoria Living Beyond Borders is at once an eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and hopeful love letter from the Mexican American community to today’s young readers. A powerful exploration of what it means to be Mexican American.” – Penguin Random House

Join us on Zoom Webinar on April 7th at 6PM. To register, visit the link below.

Event Title: “Living Beyond Borders with Margarita Longoria”

Speaker: Margarita Longoria

Date: Thursday, April 7th, 2022

Time: 6PM – 7PM CST

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Project Management

Project Management with William Roper

Project Managment

IT project management involves planning, scheduling, execution, monitoring and reporting of IT projects. Learn from STC alumnus William Roper about this important part of the IT field.

Event Title: “Project Management”

Speaker: William Roper

Date: Thursday, March 24th 2022

Time: 6PM – 7PM CST

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Love, Drugs, and Politics

Love, Drugs, and Politics in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet

Love Drugs and PoliticsSTC Library is thrilled to present Professor Emerita of Kenyon College, Pamela K. Jensen on this year’s Will’n in Weslaco featured play, Romeo and Juliet. Join us on April 5th at 6PM on Zoom Webinar or in-person at Mid-Valley Campus G288 for this conversation about Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy.

 Pam K. JensenEvent Title: “Love, Drugs, and Politics in William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet”

Speaker: Pamela K. Jensen

Date: Tuesday, April 5th 2022

Time: 6PM – 7PM CST

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