News and notes from the WGS program @ Fairfield

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Standing Room Only at “In the Works” WGSS Panel

It was standing room only as Dr. Alphonso, Dr. Arendt, Dr. Lawrence and Dr. Orlando talked about their current academic projects at last week’s “In the Works” Panel discussion, part of Women’s History Month here at Fairfield University.  Attendees listened to the professors, from a range of disciplines, discuss topics ranging from Edith Wharton to roller derby.  in the works

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Question of Habit Documentary Screening Tonight!

Monday, April 08  7:30PM

Library Multimedia Room

Join Dr. Bren Ortega Murphy as she screens her award-winning documentary “A Question of Habit.” The film, narrated by Susan Sarandon, examines the depiction of Catholic nuns in contemporary U.S. popular culture. It contrasts these images with the lives of actual women religious, both historical and current. A brief question and answer session will follow the screening. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. Refreshments provided.

For more information on the film, check out http://www.questionofhabit.com/index.html habit1

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In the Works: WGS Faculty Talk about Current Projects – April 4, 6:00PM

lectureJoin WGSS for a faculty panel discussion about current research projects:

Professor Alphonso – “Family, Politics and the State”

Professor Arendt – “A Rink of One’s Own: Gender, Sport and the Alter Ego in Contemporary Roller Derby”

Professor Lawrence: “Jarena Lee’s Calling: Biography and Storytelling”

Professor Orlando: “Edith Wharton, Women and the Politics of Representation”

All are welcome!  Refreshments will be served.  BCC 206

 

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Women’s Day, April 4 2013 at Fairfield University!

Women’s Day, April 4,  BCC Lower Level – 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m
Come discover and celebrate women, past and present, who have found their identity through imagination and innovation! Enjoy table presentations from several Fairfield University clubs, arts and crafts, baked goods, a Bead-for-Life jewelry sale, performances throughout the day, and much more!

At 6:00pm, in BCC 206, be sure to check out “In the Works,” WGS Faculty Talk about their Current Projects. In honor of Women’s History Month, WGS faculty will share their current research pertaining to women, gender and sexuality. WOMEN_2013

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Call for Submissions: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Award 2013

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All WGSS Minors are invited to submit a research paper for the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Award.  This award is coordinated by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program to recognize outstanding work.  Please follow the steps outlined below.

Submit a Research Paper at least 2000 words in length on a topic in any of the following areas: women’s studies, feminist theory, gender studies, queer theory.  

Add a cover sheet that should include the following information:

        –name

        –year of expected graduation

       –essay title

       –campus or off-campus telephone number

      –campus box number

      –email address

     –the course for which the paper was written, the semester the course was taken, and the     name of the professor.

 Please prepare the paper as follows:

       — Put the title of your paper at the top of the first page

       –put the title and page number on all subsequent pages

        –type and double-space the paper

       –do NOT put your name on any page except the cover sheet.

 Submit two (2) copies of your paper (with the cover sheets attached) to Dr. Colleen Arendt’s mailbox, DMH 232.

 DEADLINE:   4:00 pm Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Contact Dr. David Gudelunas, Director of WGSS, with questions.

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“In the Works” WGS Faculty Talk about Current Projects – April 4

In honor of Women’s History Month, WGS faculty will share their current research pertaining to women, gender and sexuality.   Refreshments will be provided!  Join us on April 4, BCC 206 at 6:00 p.m. The following professors will be sharing on their latest research:

Gwendoline Alphonso: “Family, Politics and the State”

Colleen Arendt: “A Rink of One’s Own: Gender, Sport and the Alter Ego in Contemporary Roller Derby”

Anna Lawrence: “Jarena Lee’s Calling: Biography and Storytelling”

Emily Orlando: “Edith Wharton, Women and the Politics of Representation”

WOMEN_2013

 

 

Sponsored by the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

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Havana Today: Continuity and Change

Five Fairfield Upr_havana_cars13niversity professors who visited Havana in January will give their multidisciplinary impressions of contemporary Cuba in “Havana Today: Between Continuity and Change” on Thursday, March 21, 2013, at 6 p.m. The discussion, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the University’s DiMenna-Nyselius Library multimedia room.

Faculty participating in the talk will be: Joy Gordon, Ph.D., professor of politics; Gisela Gil-Egui, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication; Olivia Harriott, Ph.D., associate professor of biology; Ania Aksan, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics; and Giovanni Ruffini, Ph.D., associate professor of history.

Light refreshments will be provided.

The event is part of the University’s two-year focus on Cities. It is sponsored by the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts & Sciences; the Latin American & Caribbean Studies Program; the Public Lectures & Events Committee; the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; and the departments of Philosophy, Communication, Biology, Economics, and History.

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Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Alumnae Panel Tonight

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Alumnae Panel

Kelley Center Presentation Room – Tonight!womens-history-month

 

Tonight we kick off Women’s History Month with the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program Alumnae Career Panel Discussion!

Hear about life after Fairfield as some of our recent graduates share their experiences in the working world. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Orlando.  Refreshments will be provided.

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White Rainbow Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion Tomorrow!

MohiniGiriJoin us for the Screening of White Rainbow
Thursday, March 7th at 6pm, BCC Lower Level

The holy city of Vrindavan India, also known as the “City of Widows” harbors nearly 20,000 widows who are abandoned on the streets and flock there in the hopes of finding “Moksha” – Salvation. In Indian society, widows are stigmatized and maligned.  Learn about a little known yet urgent subject and help bring social justice for women and societies worldwide!

For more information on the film, visit http://asiasociety.org/policy/social-issues/human-rights/mohini-giri-indias-voice-voiceless 

Brought to us by the Montage Initiative; Center for Faith and Public Life; International Studies; Peace and Justice Studies; Sociology and Anthropology; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Model United Nations Club

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Communication Thesis Presentations – Several pertain to WGSS

Be sure to check out some of the Communication Thesis Presentations if you are on campus Monday night.

Especially the following 2 that relate to WGSS subject matter:

“Beauty and the media beast: A cross- generational comparison of women and beauty”

“Whips Chains and Change: A Third Sexual Revolution”

Communication Thesis Presentations, Monday, March 04  6:30 – 8:45

Library Media Room, Lower Level

Camille Protano will be presenting her Project research titled:

“Stories in the workplace: An exploration of manager perceptions”
Dr. Pagano, Director, Dr. Gudelunas, Second Reader

Diane Casaretti will be presenting her Thesis research titled:

“Beauty and the media beast: A cross- generational comparison of women and beauty”

Dr. Gudelunas, Director and Dr. Pagano, Second Reader

Lori Naber Allyson will be presenting her Thesis research titled:

“Whips Chains and Change: A Third Sexual Revolution”
Dr. Gudelunas, Director and Dr. Serazio, Second Reader

Valerie Montinat Chernetskyy will be presenting her Thesis research titled:

“Consumer motivations for contributing online reviews of products and services”

Dr. Gil-Egui, Director and Dr. Serazio, Second Reader

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Living Thinkers Documentary showing this Friday

Roxana Canton Profile PicLIVING THINKERS: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BLACK WOMEN IN THE IVORY TOWER is a documentary by Roxana Walker-Canton.  In it, Black women professors share a collective story about the impact of race, class and gender on their lives as black girls seeking education and their present status in American colleges and universities.

Friday, February 15, 2013 6pm
Gonzaga Hall

Funding made possible by Fairfield University College of Arts and Sciences, the National Council for Black Studies, Cutting Edge Gender Research Grant, and the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism

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One Billion Rising, Feb 14 – Demand an end to violence against women

1br-logo-webToday, on the planet, a billion women – one of every three women on the planet – will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. That’s ONE BILLION mothers, daughters, sisters, partners, and friends violated.

V-Day REFUSES to stand by as more than a billion women experience violence.

On February 14th, 2013, V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, we are inviting one billion women and those who love them to walk out, DANCE, RISE UP, AND DEMAND an end to this violence. One Billion Rising is a promise that we will rise up with women and men worldwide to say, “Enough! The violence ends now.”

http://onebillionrising.org/

Start your own rising or join one locally:

Domestic Violence Crisis Center Norwalk

One Billion Rising, February 14 12:30pm-1:00pm at the Green in Norwalk

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MLK Convocation featuring Diane Nash – Thursday, January 31 at 3PM

nashAll faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation featuring civil rights activist, Diane Nash. Convocation will take place this Thursday, January 31 at 3 p.m. in the Quick Center for the Arts – Kelley Theatre. This event is FREE to the University community. This year’s event will be moderated by Dr. Yohuru Williams, Associate Professor of African American History, and will feature and interactive discussion with students and Diane Nash.

Nash’s involvement in the non-violent movement began in 1959 while she was a student at Fisk University. In 1960 she became the chairperson of the student sit-in movement in Nashville, TN, the first southern city to desegregate its lunch counters.  In 1961 she coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, AL to Jackson, MS, a story documented in the recent PBS American Experience film Freedom Riders.

For more information about the MLK Celebration, please visit the web site at www.fairfield.edu/mlk or contact Fred J. Kuo or Dr. Ellen Umansky, Co-Chairs – MLK Celebration Committee.

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Use what you have learned through WGSS, enter the ePortfolio “Share your Path” Contest & Win $500!

coreThe six Core Pathways represent different ways in which you can give shape and trajectory to your experiences at Fairfield, both in and out of the classroom. Through reflecting on the Pathways in a way that incorporates your own interests, passions and academic goals, you will be working to discover your way and deepen your experience through your four years at Fairfield University.

In your E-portfolio entry, present through words, pictures, videos, assignments or projects — or other artifacts and mementos from your year thus far — how the variety of experiences you’ve had both in and out of the classroom have helped you to understand that one of the six Pathways may represent a fruitful, rewarding thematic guide for appreciating your progress so far at Fairfield, and for planning your next couple of years here.

The “Global Citizenship” core is about recognizing and respecting the identities and dignities of all people as well as the planet we all live on. This is a perfect fit for WGSS!

Support WGSS and win $500!

fairfield.digication.com/contest/Home//

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Welcome back!

Expect a lot of great things coming from Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies this semester!  Check back often as we are planning our annual Women’s Month events as well as other events.  New courses are also in the works for the next academic year so it is an exciting time to be involved with WGSS!

Here’s an interesting link to get the semester started and to get us thinking about gender: Nepal to issue “third gender” citizenship. 2013-marketing-trends

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Fairfield University responds to the Sandy Hook tragedy

The following statement was issued by Fairfield University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J. in response to December 14th’s tragedy in Newtown:

The entire Fairfield University community shares the enormous grief that is being felt by those affected by the tragedy that took place this morning in Newtown. We have students, faculty, staff and alumni who live in the area and our thoughts and prayers go out to them and the entire community impacted by this devastating event. Although we currently don’t have students working at Sandy Hook, we have worked closely with the school in past years, placing graduate students for clinical field experiences there. Members of the Fairfield University staff are assisting the Sandy Hook school community in grief counseling efforts, as well as providing support to any members of the Fairfield University community who may have connections with those involved.

Remembering the Victims of the Newtown Shooting

Vigil Candles will remain burning in the Egan Chapel of Saint Ignatius Loyola through final exams to remember and honor the victims of the Newtown shooting.  Two condolence books are also alongside the burning candles in the chapel.  Members of the Fairfield community are invited to express their sympathy to the families of the victims.  The condolence books will be delivered to the Sandy Hook Elementary School later this week.

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From the Fairfield Mirror: Campus Groups Unite

Here’s an opportunity to get involved on campus and support causes related to women, gender and sexuality.

On Monday night, a small but passionate group of student leaders assembled in the BCC to form a new network of humanitarian and justice activists on campus.

Known as the Progressive Student Alliance (PSA), this organization formed for the purpose of bringing exposure to important causes on campus and providing support for student organizations trying to make a difference.

PSA first organized late last year, and so the network was still in its early stages at the end of the semester. As a result, they are “just now finding out how best to network to strengthen our movements collectively,” according to Arturo Jaras Watts ’14.

Jaras Watts is one of many students involved in the launch of PSA last year. Rachel Lang ’14, Crystal Rodriguez ’14 and Mike Elwell ’13, as well as graduates Marissa Tota ’12 and Alicia Bissonnette ’12, brought PSA to life. Both Jaras Watts and Record were quick to emphasize throughout the meeting that the purpose of PSA was not to create a new organization with them as leaders. Rather, PSA will function as a horizontal network of dedicated leaders who provide support for other organizations on campus with important causes.

“Each of us here represent different clubs that we are committed to,” said Record. “But the purpose of PSA is so that when it gets to a point … where you go and present these ideas and it’s on the line and you need backup, we can come.”

Record clarified that this support was not automatic. “If you need a petition that needs to be signed, we should all read it and not just blindly follow you guys,” Record said, “but I think we can see the benefits that this would accrue for all of us.”

Another important function of PSA is to increase the visibility of important humanitarian and justice events happening on campus. In order to accomplish this goal, PSA discussed options such as compiling a bathroom newsletter that lists these events and provides information about the clubs and organizations sponsoring them.

“We have events like the phenomenal Take Back the Night event that happens every year and we want participation to be as large as possible,” said Jaras Watts. “The newsletter would serve that side of the function of increasing the visibility and reaching a greater portion of Fairfield students.” The group also discussed creating a public space such as a bulletin board in the BCC that would display these events and club information.

In all, ten different groups and organizations were represented at the meeting on Monday, although not all clubs involved in PSA were able to send representatives to the meeting. These groups ranged from the environmental club Leaders for Environmental Action at Fairfield (LEAF) to Act Against, a student movement that works to bring important issues to the forefront of campus consciousness.

The organizations and clubs involved in PSA are currently working on assembling their newsletter, which they hope to release during the first weeks of next semester.

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Wednesday at 7:30pm Dr. Gudelunas will speak about communication taboos as part of “Talk about communication: Twenty-five years of Communication at Fairfield University”

Join Dr. David Gudelunas, chair of WGSS, on Wednesday night at “Talk about communication: 25 years of communication at Fairfield University”  The event will take place at the Dolan School of Business Dining Room at 7:30PM.

Dr. Gudelunas will discuss communication taboos, specifically the intersection of media, culture and sex.

Dr. Sallyanne Ryan will reflect on 25 years of communication at Fairfield.

Dr. Qin Zang will discuss psychological reactance and verbal defensiveness in the workplace: “the effects of perceived threat and interactional justice in supervisor requests.”

Dr. Michael Pagano will discuss a collaborative approach: “getting interpersonal with simulation pedagogy.”

This lecture is funded by a grant from the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts & Sciences Part 2 in the series in Spring 2013.

Come out and support WGSS!

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Wednesday, November 28: Fairfield University professor to discuss women and politics at the bookstore

Jocelyn Boryczka, Ph.D., associate professor of politics at Fairfield University, will discuss her new book, “Suspect Citizens: Women, Virtue, and Vice in Backlash Politics,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, at the Fairfield University Bookstore, 1499 Post Road, Fairfield. The talk is free and open to the public.

In her timely work, Dr. Boryczka considers the factors that drive the cycle of backlashes against women’s struggle for equality, freedom and inclusion in American politics. She presents a wide-ranging feminist conceptual history and delves into the ideas of virtue and vice from the Puritans through contemporary debates over sex education and reproductive rights.

“Suspect Citizens” challenges virtue and vice as a moral paradigm consistent with contemporary democratic citizenship and advances a politics of collective responsibility and belonging.

“Using examples from ancient, modern, and contemporary political and feminist theory and practice, Boryczka thoughtfully and critically examines the shifting moral boundaries between virtue and vice in order to understand and expose how gendered notions of morality have constructed women as suspect citizens: unequal, constrained, and excluded from full citizenship within American democracy,” wrote Jennifer Leigh Disney, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and director of the Women’s Studies Program at Winthrop University. “Her work constitutes essential reading for students of political theory, feminist theory, and anyone interested in advancing a democratic feminist ethics.”

Dr. Boryczka teaches several courses on political theory, feminist thought, race, class and gender. She holds a Ph.D. from The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Hastings, ehastings@fairfield.edu or (203) 254-4000, ext. 2688. For more information on Fairfield’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, visit www.fairfield.edu/mfa.

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Remember to Vote – Tomorrow is Election Day!!!

Hurricane Sandy may have disrupted our lives but the Election is still tomorrow!!  Fairfield University has made it easy for students to vote.  A van, leaving from Barone Campus Center Circle will take students to vote every 30minutes from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.   Make sure to do your part and vote!  For more election related events on campus, visit https://www2.fairfield.edu/students411_content/ElectionPoster.pdf

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WGSS Will be at the Majors/Minors Fair Today!

Come meet the faculty of WGSS, have your questions answered and learn about our upcoming courses at the Majors/Minors Fair in BCC Oak Room from 11am to 3pm.  We hope to see you there!!

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ISSUES 2012 – Part of the 2012 Election Series – this Wednesday!

Issues 2012 will consist of a dinner and a faculty panel discussion about this current election and issues relating to gender and sexuality.

The dinner is open to all students living in the Residential Colleges; Creative Life, Ignation and Service for Justice and will be held at 6PM on Wednesday, October 24 in the Kelley Center Presentation Room.  The panel discussion will follow at 7PM.  These events count for FYE Credit!

Sponsored by Service for Justice, Creative Life, and Ignatian Residential College, and the Gender, Sex, and Sexuality Commons

 

 

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Breast Cancer Awareness Week on Campus

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

The Elegant Ladies Club has designated this week as “Breast Cancer Awareness Week” on campus and are hosting 2 events.  The first is a fundraiser stationed in BCC where individuals can honor someone they know who has been affected by Breast Cancer.  The second is the Breast Cancer Awareness Social with Colleges Against Cancer on Thursday at 7pm.  The social will have 2 guest speakers discussing how Breast Cancer has affected their lives.  It is an FYE Magis event.

 

 

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Boston Globe reports “LGBT workplace policies a draw for MBA students”

 

This week, some of America’s biggest and best known corporations, including Walt Disney Co., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., and consumer products giant Unilever, will descend on Boston to recruit students from the nation’s top business schools.

The companies will promote industry trends and career opportunities. And they will also highlight policies that make their workplaces friendly, comfortable, and inclusive for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.

On Thursday, more than 1,000 MBA candidates, corporate executives, and recruiters will gather at the Seaport ­Hotel and World Trade Center for the annual Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference, which aims to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or ­LGBT, business school students with some of the nation’s leading companies. Now in its 14th year, the conference has grown from 150 students networking over boxed lunches at Harvard Business School to a three-day event with high-profile sponsors, a sign that corporate America is more progressive than the public sector when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.

The first major public company to offer health benefits to gay and lesbian couples, in 1991, was Lotus Development Corp., a Cambridge software company — more than a decade before Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage. Nearly all of the 636 major companies surveyed this year by the Human Rights Campaign — 99 percent — prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation; 80 percent forbid discrimination based on gender identity. Yet there are no federal laws, and only a handful of state laws, that do the same.

“There’s really no question that corporate America is leading the charge in the area of workplace fairness,” said Paul Guequierre, spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil rights organization in Washington. “In 29 states you can be fired from a job for being gay, and in 34 states for being transgender. That sad fact makes corporate nondiscrimination policies vital for LGBT workers.”

Executives say their companies haven’t put these policies in place for altruistic reasons. They are hungry for talent and want to attract the best and the brightest. In addition, labor specialists say, a diverse workforce contributes to a company’s profitability. A variety of experiences and opinions leads to a more well-rounded, creative process, and can appeal to a wider array of consumers.

Like many people in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, Hannah Yankelevich, who will graduate with an MBA from Dartmouth College next year, said she’ll consider how companies treat LGBT workers when she weighs offers. She’s thinking about returning to General Mills in Minneapolis, where she interned over the summer, because the chief executive announced that the company opposed an amendment recognizing marriage only as the union between a man and a woman.

“I wouldn’t work for a company that didn’t offer a supportive environment for the LGBT community, ” said Yankelevich, 27, one of the organizers of the conference.

State Street Corp. is attending the Reaching Out conference for the first time this year as it seeks to further expand its recruiting into minority and underrepresented communities. The Boston financial services giant attends conferences held by the National Black MBA Association and the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting for the same reason.

“Were not going to advance State Street unless we have access to the best talent, and that’s by offering an environment where employees can bring their whole selves to the workplace,” said Mike Scannell, head of talent acquisition and global inclusion. “For us to not be open to individuals regardless of their background is really prohibiting us from getting access to the best resources and talent that are out there.”

Along with policies prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, State Street has an employee group for LGBT workers and offers domestic partner health insurance, including transgender benefits for prescriptions and laboratory tests. The company is considering covering sex change surgery.

Mike Harrington, vice president and senior counsel at State Street, said he probably wouldn’t have come to State Street from a Boston law firm in 1998 if the company wasn’t welcoming to gay employees. In fact, Harrington told a headhunter that he wouldn’t apply for an opening at one New England company because it didn’t offer health insurance for same-sex partners. But it’s more than the benefits that have kept him at State Street. He feels comfortable plastering his office with pictures of his two sons and partner of 12 years.

“My family is the same as everyone else’s,” he said. “For me, it’s more about being in a place where I talk about Dave in the same way that the woman who sits next to me talks about her husband.”

Antonio Gomez-Lopez, a second-year student at the MIT Sloan School of Management, feels the same way. Gomez-Lopez, who helped organize the Reaching Out conference, said a company’s LGBT policies play a crucial role in deciding where he will work.

“I don’t want to hold a double life,” he said.

http://bostonglobe.com/business/2012/10/17/lgbt-workplace-policies-draw-for-mba-students/vJIUkPBP8SQCp6S1VxtiuI/story.html
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