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SPA To Host Activists Beverly Gooden & Geena Rocero For Virtual Lecture October 6

Penn State’s Student Programming Association (SPA) will host social activists Beverly Gooden and Geena Rocero for a virtual lecture and question and answer session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6.

The event is also sponsored by Penn State’s Gender Equity Center. It’ll be part of a series of events slated to take place during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

In order to access the free tickets for this event, students must register online.

Gooden is best known for creating the viral hashtag #WhyIStayed, named by Time Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Hashtags That Started a Conversation.” The hashtag sparked a powerful movement for domestic violence survivors in 2014.

Since then, Gooden has used her platform to speak out about gender violence and women’s issues. She founded the Ella Mae Foundation and organized the Bolt Bag Project, an initiative that provides domestic violence victims with bags containing first-aid kits, toiletries, and other essential items.

Rocero, meanwhile, is a fashion model who garnered national attention when she opened up about being transgender during a Ted Talk in 2014. Her story gave hope and courage to countless others, immediately taking the Internet world by storm.

That same year, Rocero founded the production company “Gender Proud,” with the aim of amplifying voices and increasing representation among the transgender community.

Like every SPA event, Gooden and Rocero’s lecture is free for students and funded by their student-initiated fee. Students will need to verify themselves using their WebAccess IDs before entering the virtual event.

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