On Sunday evening, thirty-five students and four faculty members gathered in the Fireside Room for a discussion about Gender Expression and Performance, led by Zac Hewitt. Not only is Zac a college counselor, dorm parent, and advisor to the school’s Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) club, but he is widely experienced in gender roles and we were fortunate to have him speak to our Art in Society group. After introducing the basics of social construction of gender, the group of students passionately discussed gender roles in our society. Zac talked about how the performing arts are used to explore ideas of gender. The fruitful discussion will enhance the already dynamic conversations of the GSA and Women’s Empowerment clubs on campus.
This is the first event in a week of gender and sexuality related activities; this Friday will be a movie screening and Sunday our students will be participating in the Palm Springs Pride Parade.