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Transgendered woman to address students at Moravian College

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— IMPACT at Moravian College, in cooperation with Lehigh University, is sponsoring a presentation by Debra Davis on Tuesday, September 30 at 8:30 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall (Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus). Davis is a high school librarian who came out in May of 1998 as a transgender woman at Southwest High School in the Minneapolis Public Schools.

Davis’s highly publicized transition is believed to be one of the first successful transitions of a transgender person working with children in secondary education in the nation. She literally left school on a Friday as a man and returned that Monday as a woman. She worked for another three-and–a–half years as a librarian before retiring after 32 years of teaching.

Davis is the Executive Director of the Gender Education Center, a small non-profit organization of differently gendered people devoted to support, advocacy, and education. Over the past 10 years, this organization has presented over 700 workshops. Davis is consulted by employers, law enforcement, human rights agencies, and nonprofit service providers regarding policies that affect transgender people. She is especially successful in coordinating workplace transitions for transgender employees. Debra is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences and conventions through-out the country.

IMPACT, the student activities program board, strives to present Innovative Multicultural Programming for Campus Togetherness. Nine committee chairpersons program a wide variety of events which include a comedy club, trips to shows in NYC, all-college dances, karaoke, films, lectures, art exhibits, the organizational fair, a scholastic scrimmage competition known as College Bowl, Family Day, and Homecoming.

For more information, call 610-861-1491 or visit Moravian on the web at www.moravian.edu.