Dr. Francesca Gaiba and Jazz Stephens Featured as Panel Members at Critical Intersections Symposium

Dr. Francesca Gaiba at the Critical Intersections Symposium.

Dr. Francesca Gaiba at the Critical Intersections Symposium.

Dr. Francesca Gaiba, ISGMH associate director, and Jazz Stephens, FAB 400 research assistant, were both invited to serve as panel members during the Northwestern University Women’s Center Critical Intersections Symposium on February 28th. The Critical Intersections Symposium celebrated the Women’s Center’s 30th anniversary by providing a platform for Northwestern faculty, staff, and alumni to reflect on what it means to do feminist intellectual, political, and community work.

Dr. Gaiba served on the Symposium’s morning faculty panel. Dr. Gaiba reflected on the social justice framework of leadership she brings to ISGMH, sharing suggestions with audience members on how to be more justice-oriented in their work. “Diversity is inviting people to the table,” Dr. Gaiba shared, “but inclusion means sharing power and sharing decision-making power at the table.”

Jazz Stephens at the Critical Intersections Symposium.

Jazz Stephens at the Critical Intersections Symposium.

Jazz Stephens served on the Symposium’s afternoon panel of Northwestern alumni. Jazz shared stories and lessons learned on her path to ISGMH, emphasizing the importance of community-building in social justice activism. Jazz spoke of her work on the FAB 400 study and reminded fellow researchers in the audience of how critical it is to truly listen to research participants in order to make sure research is able to holistically reflect their stories.

Thank you to Dr. Gaiba and Jazz for representing ISGMH at this important event! Read more about the Critical Intersections Symposium here