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PAT Embracing Diversity Event 2018


Tony Porter poses with a copy of his book, Breaking Out of the Man Box, at the Embracing Diversity Event 2018.

Parenting Past Pink and Blue: Beyond Gender Norms and Stereotypes

Congratulations to the PAT Diversity Committee on a timely, informative, and thought-provoking Embracing Diversity Event! This year, the PAT Diversity Committee focused its annual event on gender and parenting, with a panel discussion entitled, ‘Parenting Past Pink and Blue: Beyond Gender Norms and Stereotypes’.

Members of the BFS community gathered in the Upper School on the evening of March 6th for an all-star panel discussion that included experts in their respective fields.

Aron Janssen, MD is the director of the Gender and Sexuality Service at NYU Langone’s Child Study Center, a service with the goal of improving treatment outcomes for transgender and gender nonconforming children, adolescents, and adults.

Stephanie McCall, PhD, is an assistant professor of Education at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, whose scholarship and research interests include gender and sexuality in education, the education of girls, and single-gender school policy.

Tony Porter is an author, educator, and activist working to advance social justice issues as the CEO of A CALL TO MEN.  He is a leading voice on male socialization, the intersection of masculinity and violence against women, and healthy, respectful manhood. The panel discussion was moderated by Alison Cupp Relyea, a former teacher in New York City’s independent schools who is a freelance writer with an emphasis on education, gender equity, and gender diversity.

Thank you to the PAT Diversity Committee co-chairs Jennifer Kupinse, Sharon D. D. Reid, and Karen Senecal-Davis and the entire PAT Diversity Committee for planning such an amazing event! We’d like to note the PAT Diversity Committee members who served on the event’s planning committee: Heidie Joo Burwell, Rachel Churner, Alison Cornell, Paula Dunbar, Marcia Thurmond, and Tina Wexler.  

The PAT Diversity Committee especially thanks members of our BFS community who helped in so many ways: PAT Co-Presidents Megan Hertzig-Sharon and Eisa Ulen Richardson, Monifa Bandele, Karine Blemur-Chapman, Maura Eden, Karen Edelman, Camille Fobbs, Cheryl Foote, Dana Goldberg, Jeremy Hawkins, Laurice Hwang, Ebony Nelson, Vanessa Reynolds, Orinthia Swindell, Gili Warsett, and Matt Miller and Maggie Pouncey of Stories Bookshop and Storytelling Lab.

Thank you for an evening of wonderful programming for our BFS community!