WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Memorial Library partnered with several area libraries recently to host a virtual lecture on gender identity and the importance of pronouns with Shannon Peters, PhD, of Boston University.
Attendees learned about sexual orientation and gender diversity terminology; how sexuality and gender are seen as on a spectrum; and why gender pronouns are becoming more prominently used in society today. A Q&A followed the presentation.
Dr. Peters lectures in, writes about, and presents on several topics, including: (1) Impacts of systemic oppression, discrimination, and trauma on mental health of marginalized individuals (e.g., race, LGBTQAI+, immigration status, etc.); (2) Transgender healthcare and mental health; and (3) Gender-based violence response and prevention. She has been published in Journal of Social Issues, Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Social and Personality Psychology Compass, and General Hospital Psychiatry. Peters has presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, the Annual Association of Women in Psychology Conference, and The National Multicultural Summit. She earned a BA in Behavioral Neuroscience from Purdue University, an MS in Mental Health Counseling from UMass Boston, and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from UMass Boston.
Watch the lecture, courtesy of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s YouTube channel, below:
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