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Center for Sexuality and Gender to Open

The college’s new Resource Center for Sexuality and Gender will officially open on Monday, March 13, with a brief reception featuring talks by President Carol T. Christ and Naomi Miller, director of institutional diversity, from 3:30 to 4 p.m. in the center. Due to space limitations, the reception is by invitation only.

From 6 to 9 p.m., however, the center will welcome the Smith community to stop in with an open house and “dessert drop-in” at the center, located in the basement of Wesley House.

The Resource Center for Sexuality and Gender, which was constructed last fall, is intended to provide support and information for people in the Smith community seeking to explore and clarify issues around gender and sexuality, as well as class, race and other social identities. The center will provide educational programming and activities in support of that exploration, according to the mission statement.

Also on March 13, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room, poet, playwright and activist Letta Neely will read her work as part of the center’s opening. Neely, who was named Best Local Author 2001 in a Boston Phoenix reader’s poll, is the author of two collections of poems, Juba and Here. She has twice been a Lambda Literary Awards finalist for lesbian poetry and has been an advocate for anti-homophobia civil rights.

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