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    Striding Towards a More Inclusive CUNY Community

    On June 19, CUNY officials announced their decision to grant name and gender marker changes to all CUNY students.   The CUNY General Counsel for Legal Affairs issued a statement on June 18, regarding the topic of name and/or gender change requests on school records. In this memorandum, the CUNY community was informed of the recent agreement of the counsel to allow both students and employees alike to choose what name and gender appears on their non-official documents and files.   The motivation behind this official statement stems from frequent inquiries to the Legal Affairs office on possible modifications to a person’s personal information. Realizing the significance that these changes…

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    Dealing with gender and sexuality in education

    Queens College Professor Leslee Grey spoke with students Nov. 4, at the “Multiplicities in the Classroom: Understanding Gender & Sexuality Among Multiple Identities” event held in Powdermaker Hall. Grey discussed the gender roles in the classroom, especially how students identify them. “It is going against cultural and social norm. Not all of us consider being different people,” Grey said. Grey noted how society changes and defines what is the norm. “We don’t think about heterosexuality because we think it is normal,” Grey said. Grey arranged the audience into groups and provided nine photos of women. She asked each group to rank the photos from most feminine to the least feminine with an explanation to…

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    Panel stresses need and support of women in STEM fields

    The Center for Ethnic, Racial and Religious Understanding hosted an event titled Women and the Sciences March 11. A panel of women including CUNY students and professors discussed the challenges women face in STEM, an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, career fields. “The biggest challenge, in my opinion, is not only the competitive nature of the field, but the societal pressures women face,” Shoshana Wodinsky, Queens College neuroscience major, said. Wodinsky said she came from a very religious family that stressed a traditional life for her and noted the same ideals can be found in society. “You’ll more likely see an actress on television playing a mother than…