"What is...?" Talk Series
Nonbinary is a term for people who do not identify as or subscribe to the gender binary of woman or man. Nonbinary people, sometimes called N.B. or enby, face many challenges as they strive to live authentically. Most systems and institutions were not built to be inclusive of nonbinary people, and the underlying ideologies that remain anchored in the binary contribute to cultures and climates that marginalize and exclude them. In this recorded live discussion, panelists and participants share tips for understanding nonbinary colleagues, clients, or students and strategies to be more inclusive of nonbinary people.
November 10, 2022 @ 12 – 1 PM CT on Zoom
Dr. Meagan Pollock, Engineer Inclusion founder
H Frederick, Nonbinary Consulting
The Great Resignation
The Great Resignation, also known as the Big Quit and the Great Reshuffle, is an ongoing economic trend in which employees have voluntarily resigned from their jobs en masse, beginning in early 2021 largely in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. (From Wikipedia)
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE LIVE PANEL:
Dr. Meagan Pollock
Dr. Meagan Pollock began her career playing with light projection on tiny microscopic mirrors as an engineer for Texas Instruments. Through her company, Engineer Inclusion, she now utilizes metaphorical projectors and mirrors to shine a light on micro and macro social systems that, when adjusted, improve student and employee success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
A TEDx speaker, author, and a past recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Meagan holds a PhD in engineering education from Purdue University, an MS in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, and a BS in computer science from Texas Woman’s University. As an engineer turned educator, Meagan focuses on helping others intentionally engineer inclusion™ in education and the workforce.
Read her full bio here.
Frederick (they/them) is a bisexual nonbinary writer, speaker, educator and activist. They have dedicated over 20 years to community organizing, spending the last decade of their career serving nonprofit organizations at the local, state, regional, and national levels. Frederick’s expertise comes at the intersection of domestic violence, reproductive justice, and LGBTQIA+ issues. Their education includes Bachelor of Arts degrees in Spanish, Women’s Studies, and Linguistics from San Diego State University, and a Master of Arts degree in Gender & Peacebuilding from the United Nations-Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.
Frederick is passionate about accessibility and language justice and has dabbled in Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Turkish, Polish, Dutch, Irish, Nahuatl, and Miwok, the language of the original people of the area of California where they were born and raised. When they’re not reading, writing, or studying languages, mindfulness, or anti-racism, Frederick loves to travel, eat, dance, admire trees, and spend time with lovely humans and animals. They consider themself a semi-professional booper of snoots, and yes, they absolutely want to see a picture of your furbaby.
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Leslie (they/she) identifies as a queer, non-binary person. She spent some of her childhood in Ghana, West Africa, and most of their childhood near Westchester, New York. Growing up in a predominately white neighborhood, Leslie was always aware of their race and cultural identity. While they were earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo, Leslie was instantly drawn to the Office of Multicultural Affairs. This haven was one of the first places Leslie felt safe exploring their intersecting identities. Since then, Leslie has been committed to creating welcoming and inclusive communities for other queer Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Her mission is to let other Black non-binary folks know they are not alone. Leslie moved to Michigan to earn a Master’s in Higher Education with a focus on diversity, equity & inclusion and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan. As a graduate student, Leslie supported LGBTQ+ students through their roles at the Spectrum Center and Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA).
In 2019, Leslie came out as non-binary. Coming out as non-binary has been a terrifyingly life-saving journey. It’s provided Leslie a chance to truly live without expectations and embrace all of who they are, including their experiences growing up as a Black woman. Leslie is committed to creating spaces where all QTBIPOC folks can be authentic in whatever way feels safe and comfortable for them. Their experience with coming out has been a roller coaster full of pain, joy, healing, and complexities, yet, they wouldn’t trade their experience for anything else. Leslie currently works as an Equity & Inclusion Specialist for Planned Parenthood of Michigan. Outside of work, Leslie can be found at the dog park with their goofy poodle, binging Netflix limited series, thrifting with their partner and community, or making shea butter lotion.