Commencement Participants

Student Moderators

Gabrielle Garcia and Kwasi Tré, graduating students

Student Speaker

Xavier Torres de Janon, graduating student

Alumni Speaker

Carol Varney 90F

Faculty Toast

Amy Jordan, associate professor of African American history

Staff Toast

Jordan Perry, director of wellness promotion

Keynote Speaker

Activist, Writer and Artist Reina Gossett will be the speaker at Hampshire College's 2016 commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. on the Harold F. Johnson Library Lawn.

Reina Gossett is an activist, writer, and artist and the 2014-2016 Activist-In-Residence at Barnard College's Center for Research on Women. Gossett worked previously with Critical Resistance organizing with low-income LGBTGNC New Yorkers in a campaign that successfully stopped NYC's Department of Corrections from building a $375 million new jail in the Bronx. Additionally, in her previous role as membership director at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, Gossett worked to lift the voice and power of trans and gender non-conforming people including in the successful campaign to end healthcare discrimination to low-income trans and gender-non-conforming New Yorkers. Gossett has also worked at Queers for Economic Justice, where she directed the Welfare Organizing Projected and produced A Fabulous Attitude, which documents low-income LGBT New Yorkers surviving inequality and thriving despite enormous obstacles.

Reina Gossett is a 2009 Stonewall Community Foundation Honoree as well as a filmmaker, collaborating with Sasha Wortzel to write, direct, and produce Happy Birthday, Marsha!, a film detailing the lives of Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson in the hours leading up to the Stonewall Riots of 1969. The film builds upon the archival research and published writing she has done over the past decade about Sylvia Rivera and STAR, published on various print and online platforms such as Captive Genders in 2011 (AK Press), The Scholar and The Feminist Online, and her personal blog reinagossett.com.

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