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Expanding Potential Meet Up: Saturday June 27 at Cafe Valparaiso

Download the meet-up flyerLocation: Cafe Valparaiso - 1403 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706
Date: Saturday, June 27, 2015
Time: 4-6pm

About: Join us for an evening of conversation about how to create inclusive programs for underrepresented groups and how to address the complete gender spectrum. We will hold "living room" conversations in pairs of speakers (Marlena Jackson and Shannon Noonan, Julia Chang and Nol Simonse) with a performance challenging gender norms by Nol Simonse. This will be followed by informal discussion and mingling. Food and drinks will be provided while supplies last.


Marlena Jackson: Marlena Jackson is the founder of NexGeneGirls and a research associate at Genentech. NexGeneGirls empowers young women of color from under-represented communities to pursue STEM careers through hands-on activities and programs.

Shannon Noonan: Shannon Noonan is the Education and Community Partnerships Manager at the Gladstone Institutes. There she runs several outreach programs that encourage underrepresented youth in San Francisco to pursue biomedical research. 

Julia Chang: Julia Chang is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley. She served as the President of Queer Grads and as a former co-chair of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Community at Cal. Julia attended the inaugural workshop and responded with this piece that she will be discussing at the meet-up.

Nol Simonse: Nol Simonse is an accomplished dancer, teacher, and choreographer in the Bay Area. He has performed with various companies including Janice Garrett and Dancers, Stephen Pelton Dance Theater, KUNST-STOFF and Dandelion Dance Theater. He will perform a self-choreographed piece that questions gender norms at the meet-up.

You can join the conversation by following @synberc and #ExpandingPotential on Twitter. Here is a selection of tweets from the inaugural workshop.

For questions, please contact the meet-up organizer:

  • Shaila Kotadia, Education and Outreach Manager, Synberc,
  • Kevin Costa, Managing Director, Synberc


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