Living out Loud: Storytelling for Social Change
EPISODE 14: The Power of International Transgender Day of Visibility – March 31

EPISODE 14: The Power of International Transgender Day of Visibility – March 31

March 30, 2022

March 31 is internationally recognized as Transgender Day of Visibility, an annual day of awareness and celebration for the transgender community around the world. Student leaders for Merrimack's Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) sit down with executive producer Debra Michals and producer Michael Senoff to talk about the power of having a day of visibility and the importance of celebrating trans joy in a polarized, divisive society.

EPISODE 13: Women in Male-Dominated Fields – Part 3

EPISODE 13: Women in Male-Dominated Fields – Part 3

March 28, 2022

In the final episode in our trilogy, Merrimack senior Nicole Rohlman shares the story of how she came to choose to major in mechanical engineering and offers her advice for other young girls looking to enter the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

EPISODE 12: Women in Male-Dominated Fields – Part 2

EPISODE 12: Women in Male-Dominated Fields – Part 2

March 28, 2022

In the second episode of this series, Tiffany Begin-Stearns speaks with Dr. Zoe Sherman, Associate Professor and Chair of Merrimack's Economics Department, who has had three different careers in male dominated fields. She also shares insights about how women entering male-dominated fields can, one by one, produce systemic and long-term change for future generations of women and girls.

EPISODE 11: Women in Male Dominated Fields – Part 1

EPISODE 11: Women in Male Dominated Fields – Part 1

March 28, 2022

In recognition of Women’s History Month, this three part series explores the experiences of women in male-dominated fields – either students studying for future careers or faculty members who have had experiences working in male-dominated professions. In this episode, senior Hope Makenzie talks with producer Tiffany Begin-Stearns about being a woman in STEM and the impact her female professors and teachers have had on her education.

EPISODE 10: Women’s History Month Special Live Episode — Reimagining Intersectional Justice: The Promise of Transnational Feminist Solidarity

EPISODE 10: Women’s History Month Special Live Episode — Reimagining Intersectional Justice: The Promise of Transnational Feminist Solidarity

March 29, 2021
This episode is a live recording of an event at Merrimack College on March 16, 2021. The panel discussion featured guest speaker Dr. Margo Okazawa-Rey joined by MC faculty Dr. Simona Sharoni, professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Dr. Debra Michals, Assistant Professor of Women's & Gender Studies, Dr. Bahia Munem, Lecturer in Women's & Gender Studies, and Gabrielle "Gabby" Womack, Librarian and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ambassador. Dr. Okazawa-Rey, Professor Emerita San Francisco State University, is an activist and educator working on issues of militarism, armed conflict, and violence against women examined intersectionally. She is a founding member of the Combahee River Collective and has long-standing activist commitments in South Korea and Palestine, working closing with Du Re Bang/My Sisters Place and Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling. Dr. Okazawa-Rey also hosts a virtual transnational feminist dance party; to join or for more information email her at mor@sfsu.edu
 
The event was presented by the President's Initiative on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with co-sponsorship from the Department of Women's and Gender Studies.
EPISODE 9: Bringing Women’s History Beyond the Classroom: Alumni Stories

EPISODE 9: Bringing Women’s History Beyond the Classroom: Alumni Stories

March 24, 2021

In celebration of Women's History Month, Merrimack College alums from the classes of 2012-2018 share stories of how what they learned about women's history in college has played a part in their careers and post college life. Joining host Dr. Debra Michals are Meg Saltzman '12, Maegen Sincleair Usher '13, David DupreWilson '16, Nick Davis '17, and Adrianna DeCicco '18. 

EPISODE 8: Recovering Women’s Voices: The Power of Women’s History in Teaching and Scholarship

EPISODE 8: Recovering Women’s Voices: The Power of Women’s History in Teaching and Scholarship

March 19, 2021

Women’s History Month is a time to recognize, honor and highlight the roles women have played in every aspect of society throughout history. In this episode, host Dr. Debra Michals talks with colleagues Dr. Ellen McWhorter (English, Honors) and Dr. Zoe Sherman (Economics) about how our work as teachers and scholars recovers the long-silent voices of women from the past, forges links to the present and future, and creates new knowledge about women’s contributions to American history and life.

 

EPISODE 7: The Truth about Coming Out

EPISODE 7: The Truth about Coming Out

March 4, 2021

Sharing one's truth is part of the LGBTQ+ experience, but coming out to family and friends is far more complicated than many people realize. In this episode, four student leaders from the Gender and Sexuality Alliance -- Sam (she/her) ‘21, Haley (she/her) ‘21, Nicole (she/her) ‘22, and Rowan (he/him) ‘23 -- share their stories and offer insights into what it means to come out and how coming out is about more than a single conversation. Hosted by Amelia Alger '21 and Dr. Debra Michals, Director of Women's and Gender Studies.

EPISODE 6: Beyond Black History Month

EPISODE 6: Beyond Black History Month

February 24, 2021

In honor of February being Black History Month, Director of Merrimack College's new Master of Social Work program Dr. Shannon Butler-Mokoro and librarian Gabby Womack discuss the history of Black History Month and explain how diversifying education can extend Black History beyond a single month and into history curriculum. Hosted by producer Michael Senoff, students Cobbina Appiah, Derrick Harris, and Jackson Fortune-O'Brien join the conversation and share their experiences as student leaders, agents of history, and advocates of diversity.

EPISODE 5: Unapologetically Black: A Dialogue on Blackness and the U.S. Census

EPISODE 5: Unapologetically Black: A Dialogue on Blackness and the U.S. Census

February 10, 2021

Almost from the start, the US Census has been a site of controversy. In this episode, librarian Gabby Womack shares her research with host/producer Dr. Debra Michals and graduate student Tiana Lawrence about 1930s changes in Census categories that had an impact on how people of color were counted, as well as the complicated history of "passing" and the experience of being black in the US.