Texas Tech University

Gender & Gender Identity Colloquium 2012 Schedule

Texas Tech University
Thursday, October 25th & Friday, October 26th, 2012

TTU Student Union Building

Red Raider Lounge, Ground Floor

The purpose of the colloquium is to highlight feminist research on gender and gender identity. Topics include gender and media, gender and political activism, cultural construction of gender, and psychology of sex roles.

Theme: "Teaching Diversity: GLBT Awareness in School"

In recognition of October being nationally recognized as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) & Ally Awareness Month, we are hosting an educational initiative to gain additional tools and resources to make classrooms safer and more affirming of students regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

The discussion is intended to showcase current classroom activities and exercises from Texas Tech faculty that have created a safe environment to discuss the difference between gender, sex and sexuality. Through this colloquium participants will learn how to bring more awareness to the underlying misconceptions and misinformation of specific gendered minorities. It is our intent to encourage open and safe dialogue for educators to discuss their experiences.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Colloquium Schedule

Note: The schedule is subject to change as speakers are confirmed

(All session are located in the Red Raider Lounge, Ground Floor)

Thursday, October 25th

Time: 12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Location: Red Raider Lounge (Ground Floor of the Student Union Building)
Guest presenter:

Dr. Mary Frances Agnello, Associate Professor, Education Curriculum and Instruction - Dr. Agnello majored in French, foreign language education, and government, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin. After several years of teaching in Houston urban and Texas rural public high schools, she completed a Master's and Doctorate of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A & M University in College Station, focusing her work in foundations of education and language, literacy, and culture. She spent eight years at The University of Texas at San Antonio in teacher education and leadership studies. She has published papers on global citizenship teacher education, foreign language education, critical literacy, sustainability. Research Interests include; secondary education, curriculum development for sustainability, diversity, and teacher leadership. Read more here...

mary frances agnello

Dr. Ed Check, Associate Professor in Art Education and Visual Studies - Dr. Check is committed to empowering individuals and communities through art and education. One of the first self-identified gay art educators in the US, Dr. Check co-founded the Caucus for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer Issues in the National Art Education Association. His recent art and research focuses on working-class, sexuality, and race issues. Currently he is co-developing a Worker's Museum in Manitowoc, WI. Theoretically embedded in feminism and the profeminist men's movement, he uses autobiography--in the sense of testimony (Felman & Laub, 1992; Felstiner, 1988)--as both a motivation and a theoretical framework in research and teaching. Testimonials recount what we have witnessed in our lives, in our art and in our work as students and educators. Such stories, he believes, not only offer insight into context, content and meaning, but have implications and applications for art and education. His socio-political perspective emphasizes historical and personal connections, social responsibility, and coming to a better understanding of privilege: who speaks, who gets heard, what gets talked about, and what gets seen. Conventional pedagogies do not address the social and political issues related to the production and consumption of art, and continue to marginalize groups and art. Read more here...

ed check

Friday, October 26th

Time: 10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Location: Red Raider Lounge (Ground Floor of the Student Union Building)
Guest presenter:

Dr. Aretha Marbley, Professor, Education Psychology Leadership and Director of Community Counseling in Counselor Education at Texas Tech University, Chair of the American Counseling Association Women Interest Network, Regional Six Director of and Past President of Texas Chapter of the National Association for Multicultural Education, and a member of a multidisciplinary team investigating the exposure to and transmission of HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases in Vietnam. Dr. Marbley is an activist scholar with a research focus in domestic and global multicultural discourse on issues of community social justice, gender social justice, invisibility and silence, marginality, inequities, cultural competencies, multicultural ethics, and the voices of women and people of color in education, mental health and criminal justice. Read more here...

aretha marbley

The program times listed above are designed to encourage your attendance for one or more sessions, as your schedule permits. Proof of attendance will be available to students attending the colloquium for course credit.




Red Raider Lounge
Student Union Bldg.
Texas Tech University


Program coming soon!

Campus Parking

For off campus visitors, enter through the main campus entrance at University Ave & Broadway; ask for directions and visitor parking location instructions at the traffic kiosk station.

Campus Support

Need a guest speaker in your classroom?

  • As part of GLBTQ & Allies Awareness Month, there are presentations available to teachers for classroom discussion. Read more...

Volunteer Needs

Please help make the Women's Studies Colloquium a huge success by serving as a volunteer. Specific tasks, as well as miscellaneous duties, are offered to provide you an experience of a behind the scenes look at organizing and planning a conference of this nature.

This opportunity is highly beneficial to those students in need of building their resume. We will work with you, even if you can only provide us an hour of your day. You do not have to commit to the whole time frame and there is not a limit to the amount of time you spend with us.

  • Colloquium Information Table Monitor
  • Program/Panel Session Monitor
  • Technical Equipment Monitor
  • Greeters/Guides

To volunteer contact Tricia Earl, Coordinator by email at patricia.a.earl@ttu.edu