Miller Fountain a 'sign of spring' to WMU students

Hannah Ball/Western Herald

A lecture addressing issues related to transgender and nonbinary people is coming to Western Michigan University.

Scott Turner Schofield, a successful diversity educator and actor, will be giving his speech “Gender Inclusion” at 9:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. April 12 in Miller Auditorium. The speech will be free and open to the public.

Schofield was already a critically acclaimed actor before receiving his Bachelor of Arts in theater coursework from Emory University. After being rejected from traditional plays because of his gender expression, Schofield wrote and performed three one-person shows in 2001 that went on tour. His one-person show, “How to become a man in 127 EASY steps,” became the first play that addresses transgender issues to be issued the Creation Fund Grant from the National Performance Network in 2007.

For nearly a decade, Schofield has continued to be a world-renowned theater artist. In 2015, he became the first openly trans person on daytime television playing the role of Nick in “The Bold and the Beautiful,” a soap opera that airs on CBS.

Schofield gives presentations to universities, corporate settings and community organizations in order to breakdown stereotypes and answer questions from audience members.

“[Schofield] co-creates the conversation with each audience group, blending his expertise as a Trans advocate with the pace of the conversation taking place in the room. Schofield’s brilliance lies in his ability to talk about intersectionality – the way that the topics of biological sex, gender, and sexuality are influenced by factors like race, socioeconomic status, geographical location, disability, etc,” according to his website.

Schofield’s talk will be a part of Kalamazoo County’s 19thannual Respecting Differences program.

The Respecting Differences program is a collaboration between WMU and the City of Kalamazoo that aims to bring attention to diversity issues with the workplace.

Gender issues in the workplace and social settings is a topic that the 2017 program will be covering. Schofield will be discussing proper pronoun use, topics that are off-limits and how to address “bathroom bills.”

At the end of the talk, a question-and-answer session will be held for any individuals who want to participate.  

The 2017 program is also sponsored by the City of Portage, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Additionally, the Kalamazoo Human Resources Management Association is supporting the event.  

 

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