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Women on Wednesday

Spring 2018 Series


Select Wednesdays, noon to 1 p.m.
Atwood Theatre, Atwood Memorial Center

Spring 2018 Series Booklet (PDF)

March 28

Trans Justice in the Military: One Trans Man’s Story

 Last July, President Trump sent out a series of tweets announcing the end of transgender people being able to serve in the military and medical transition surgeries for people in the military stating that the military “cannot be burdened by the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” This began a national discussion on the ban and its multiple costs.  The discharge of military troops was slated to begin in March of 2018. This past October, a federal judge ruled to postpone this, stating that there was no evidence to support Trump’s claims, and that the proposed ban was unconstitutional. This session explores one trans man’s story of his experience transitioning from female to male while in the Minnesota National Guard, as well as the costs of the ban, and guidance about resisting, persisting and thriving through challenging times.

Presenter:  Tarrence Robertson-Bayless was born on Minnesota's Iron Range, enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in 2005 and served one tour in Afghanistan as Tara, a female. During this tour he completed roughly 280 missions and received a bronze star and combat action badge for achievements and engaging in direct enemy combat. Last summer, after the U.S. secretary of defense lifted the ban on allowing transgender troops to serve openly, Robertson began his medical transition to male. Terrance was the former Program Manager at the MN Army National Guard Substance Abuse Program. He is now in charge of Casualty Operations for the MNARNG where he assists families who have lost a love one during service to our country. He is also a change agent, in and out of the military, working to pave the way for a more inclusive military and society.

 Cosponsored by the LGBT Resource Center and Veterans Resource Center

Spring 2018 - Women Resisting, Persisting, and Thriving!
January 24 Reflecting on Roe: 45 years later MP3
January 31 Sex Trafficking and the Super Bowl 52 MP3
February 14 2018: The Year of Affirmative Consent or ‘Yes Means Yes’ MP3
February 21 DACA – How to support dreamers and their families MP3
February 28 Creating Intentional Living Communities MP3
March 14 Guns and Domestic Violence MP3
March 28 Trans Justice in the Military: One Trans Man’s Story MP3
April 4 Andrea Jenkins: Historic election of trans activist and social justice advocate MP3
April 18 #TimesUp for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace MP3

For more episodes, visit the Women on Wednesday Archive


About the Program

Women on Wednesday is a weekly noon-hour lecture series organized each semester by the Women’s Center that has become a signature program at St. Cloud State University. The goal of the program is to feature diverse women and their distinctive areas of expertise, which are figuratively and literally all over the map.  The topics we explore are as diverse as the women presenting them, but they address the political, economic, social and personal arenas that impact the status of women.

The 27-year old series originated as an informal brown bag lunch gathering and has evolved over the years to a more formal presentation-style series, bringing intelligent, savvy women from the local to the national level to speak to our campus community. The free public series is in Atwood Theatre, Atwood Memorial Center, from noon to 1 p.m. most Wednesdays, during fall and spring semesters. 

The Women’s Center celebrated 25 years at St. Cloud State during the 2014-15 academic year.  The Women’s Center was born from activism of faculty, staff and students in direct and indirect ways and through persistence and passion for feminist-led social change.  Our mission  to advance women and address gender inequity is accomplished in myriad ways, including advocacy (both individual and institutional), support services, educational programming, scholarships and systems change. Having an institutionally-supported office to help students (and employees) explore and address the ways in which gender influences every aspect of one’s life exists for only 18% of students at four-year universities and colleges in the U.S. 

The Women’s Center has hosted more than 750 women from all walks of life, areas of expertise, diverse identities and life experiences during the past 26 years.  There is no way to avoid the word “wow” upon reviewing the women who have presented and topics we’ve addressed.  Please join us at Women on Wednesday during the 2017/2018 academic year as we continue to offer this unique and interesting forum for women’s voices.