Queer in the Workplace Virtual 1:1 Discussions

Friday, October 9, 2020
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Alumni, Students

Do you identify within the LGBTQIA+ community and have questions about how to navigate the internship and job search process?  We recognize that showing up in the workplace as our full authentic selves means different things to different people. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution, only the one that works best for you and your needs. With that in mind, we invite you to join us for this virtual event with LGBTQIA+ professionals and allies who are available to listen, share leading practices, and help you navigate the search process. Our supportive staff and alumni will be available to share insights from their own career journeys and help answer your salient career-related questions. You’ll have the opportunity to meet one-to-one with our discussion leaders in a private breakout meeting.

Discussion Leaders: 

Rachel Hamilton (she/her) – Rachel graduated in 2019 from GVSU with a degree in Computer Engineering and Math, and has since worked as a controls/software engineer post-graduation. College acted as a transitory time (no pun intended!) in more than just academics, as sophomore year marked the beginning of Rachel's gender transition. As a result, she has experience with coming out to workplaces, finding relevant LGBTQIA+ resources, as well as knowledge on how to handle workplace issues surrounding LGBTQIA+ topics. She looks forward to sharing her experiences and information with fellow Lakers.

Mark Saint Amour (they/them) - Mark started at Grand Valley State University in 2014 working for the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy before transiting into their current role at the Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center in early 2017. Previously, Mark spent over ten years in the for-profit industry as a upper level manager/director and business developer working both with entrepreneurs developing and opening start-ups and with established companies looking to expand into new territories. Mark has lived and worked in a wide variety of places and fields, from a movie theatre in Detroit, a financial institution in Lansing, a chocolate company in Portland, a popcorn company in Boston and Florida, a vegan food company in Chicago, and even a recycling plant right here in Grand Rapids. Mark has also been active in the non-profit field, working with organizations through-out Chicago and Grand Rapids such as Arbor Circle, True Colors Fund, Family Promise, Fountain Street Church, HQ, GR Trans Foundation, and Common Pantry among others. Mark identifies as a demi-pansexual queer and trans person of color (Mexican Indigenous), is passionate about animals, nature, music, film, and just about anything to do with cats. 

Marla Wick (she/her) – Marla has worked in various aspects of higher education since 1998. After 10 years of teaching at three universities, she completed her graduate work and moved to California, where she transitioned into a career in student services and support. While working as an academic counselor in San Francisco, she developed a guide to LGBTQ community resources to help students access health care and other critical services. In California, she also volunteered for a community literacy program and worked with incarcerated students through the Prison University Project at San Quentin until she relocated to Grand Rapids in 2014. Marla is passionate about education as a justice issue and about providing students with access to critical resources. She is dedicated to working collaboratively to create a supportive, challenging, and empowering learning environment for LGBTQIA+ students. Marla earned a BA from Montana State University, an MA from Ohio University, and PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. 

Brian Bossick (he/him)  - Brian is the Assistant Director of Career Development Services for the GVSU Counseling Center and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. His approach to therapy is integrative, with a strong focus on providing a safe, collaborative, unbiased, and genuine environment in therapy between himself and the students he works with. Brian's hope is to not only work toward establishing concrete steps toward wellness now, but to work with someone to unlock a greater understanding of their authentic self and who they are becoming. Some of his areas of clinical interest are career development, identity development, and relationship concerns and anxiety.

Registration is required!

This event is part of the Work Like A Laker Conference. For more information, please visit: https://www.gvsu.edu/careers/wlalconference. All sessions offered can be found in Handshake Events.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations please contact the GVSU Career Center at careers@gvsu.edu or 616-331-6708. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least two days prior to the event. If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact 616-331-3311.

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This event was added to the calendar by Megan Packer (s_packemeg@gvsu.edu) on Monday, September 28, 2020 and was last updated on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 1:59 p.m.