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Docena delivers SOGIE talk for NSU NSTP students

Prof. Pierce S. Docena, UPV Tacloban College Division of Social Sciences Chair, once again served as resource person for the sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression (SOGIE) Seminar for the National Service Training Program (NSTP) students of the National State University on September 16, 2017 held at the NSU Gymnasium in Naval, Biliran, Leyte. This was done after a successful partnership with NSU’s Gender and Development (GAD) Office in running a seminar on SOGIE for selected employees and student leaders last September 2016.

The event was attended by about 200 first year students from the various programs of NSU’s College of Engineering and College of Industrial, Information and Communication Technology, and Tourism.

Dr. Analiza B. Calles, Director of NSU’s GAD Office, welcomed the participants to the event and emphasized the importance of understanding the lives and experiences of people belonging to gender and sexual minorities in order to prevent issues such as gender stereotyping, invisibility, marginalization, stigma, and inequality that may contribute to the cycle of prejudice and discrimination.

Prof. Docena started the half-day seminar by clarifying basic concepts related to SOGIE and emphasized that the rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are essentially human rights. Drawing on his experiences as professor of LGBT psychology and his advocacy work for LGBT rights and well-being, Prof. Docena also gave the students practical tips on how to become allies to the LGBT community and how to make their campus more LGBT inclusive.

The seminar included an open forum in which several students asked questions about same-sex attractions and relationships, HIV, and transgender students’ rights, among others. Dr. Norma M. Duallo, NSU’s Vice President for Planning, Research, and Extension and concurrent NSTP Director, ended the seminar with a message calling for respect for all people and the development of positive values consistent with NSU’s vision.

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