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CM Hall

I invited Cornell in to speak in my LGBTQ Studies course this term about queer diversity and intersectionality. The students were transfixed. After the course, I collected responses from our students. Here’s what they had to say about Cornell as a guest speaker:

  • “Cornell was open to answering our questions and and connecting the answers with a lot of terms we have used. People to get to define themselves however the hell they want to.”
  • “I loved that he brought up that we have identities that are privileged or oppressed. His personal stories really demonstrate intersectionality by how he has been treated by various groups. He really showed how much intersectionality plays into how people identify.”
  • “He is very informed and encouraging, really got me thinking how many barriers there are but as long as the voice doesn’t stop we will be okay.”
  • “I really loved the point he made about people being able to define themselves, instead of being defined by outsiders. His point about multi-layered discrimination coming from several directions when someone comes out, and is also black or a woman etc...  He said, “Don’t stop fighting, as soon as you do the narrative wins. I really enjoyed when he talked about making sure we are always working toward learning about others and trying to understand what they go through.”
  • “Cornell was very fun and informative and excited/passionate and I really love this. I got a lot out of this as well, as a queer person in leadership on campus, this really inspired me to reach out to other marginalized identities so that we can work together on our issues & come to a better understanding of each other.” 
  • “Cornell was so friendly and approachable. I could imagine how students easily connect with him.”  
  • “Cornell effectively covered a variety of topics in a short amount of time. I thoroughly enjoyed his personality and wisdom.”
  • “Cornell did a great job of connecting diversity and inclusion with intersectionality. I know the students enjoyed his energy and enthusiasm to tackle tough topics and identify the underlying.”
Cornell Woodson