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Kevin Jennings will discuss LGBT issues on March 12

Kevin Jennings, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender rights activist, will speak as part of the Patton College of Education's Spring Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, in Walter Hall

He is the executive director of the Arcus Foundation, a leading global foundation that advances social justice and conservation issues. While serving as the assistant deputy secretary of education from 2008 to 2011, he led U.S. President Barack Obama's anti-bullying initiative.

An educator, author and administrator, Jennings founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, a national education organization bringing together LGBT and straight teachers, parents, students and community members who want to end anti-LGBT bias in schools.

Jennings is the author of the 2007 book "Mama's Boy, Preacher's Son: A Memoir of Growing Up, Coming Out, and Changing America's Schools." He will conduct a book signing following the talk.

"With the recent national news regarding LGBT people being victims of bullying and discrimination, the committee thought Kevin Jennings would be an ideal speaker to bring to campus," said Kelly Davidson, member of the Patton College of Education Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity.

The DACD was established in 2007 to intellectually address the issue of diversity in the Patton College of Education.
These are two other LGBT events on March 12:

•  A Soup and Substance discussion will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the McCracken Hall 303. The topic will be the LGBT experience from the student (11 to noon) and faculty and staff (noon to 1 p.m.) perspectives.

•  Dine and Discuss, which is for students only, will take place at 2 p.m. in the LGBT Center, which is located in Baker University Center 354.

Jennings' visit is co-sponsored by the Ohio University Patton College of Education Dean's Advisory Committee on Diversity, Residential Housing, UFund: The Judicial Fine Revenue Committee, LGBT Center, Human and Consumer Sciences and University College.