The Dynamics of Gender and Privilege

abigail francis

This interactive workshop will take a more intentional look at our privileges as they relate to our gender identity. Together we will investigate the impact of these identities on our lived experiences and discuss everyday issues of systemic sexism and cis-gender privilege, bias, micro-aggressions, misogyny, patriarchy, and rape culture. All are welcome! Click “continue reading” below for Abigail Francis’ bio.

Thursday, November 8th 2-3pm in Room 4-149

Light refreshments will be served!

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Abigail Francis is MIT’s first-ever full-time Assistant Dean of LBGTQ+ Services under the Division of Student Life. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and Pre-Medical studies from Bates College and a Masters in Social Work and Urban Leadership from Simmons College. In overseeing MIT’s Rainbow Lounge she offers one-on-one support for students, advising of 15 LBGTQ student groups, collaboration with community partners, and provides consistency and resources to help build and empower the LBGTQ and Ally community at MIT. Abigail heads-up the organization called LBGTQ@MIT, a community resource offering quality programming, services, collaboration, and education to all of MIT. Currently LBGTQ@MIT offers diversity, inclusion, and equity trainings, student leadership development, campus climate assessment, the provision of inclusive Institute policies and procedures, and various forms of LBGTQ community building. LBGTQ@MIT works closely with various community partners to increase the level of LBGTQ visibility, inclusion, support, and comfort within the MIT community as a whole.