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"Dismantling the Gender Boxes"
"Dismantling the Gender Boxes"
View photos from this year's spectacular performance.

"Celebrate All of Us" by Olivia Higgins - Queerly Elementary

Dismantling the Gender Boxes: Packer in Action 2018

Tuesday, February 27 - Wednesday, February 28

Everyone should feel empowered to express their gender freely (or not to express a gender at all). Everyone should feel seen, heard, and valued for who they are. Yet everyone is affected by gender norms and gender socialization. Breaking from these norms is never easy and, way too often, those who challenge mainstream standards are questioned and made to feel uncomfortable about their choices.

This year's Packer in Action program will explore the gender norms that exist within our community. Students in all three divisions will work to engage, discuss, and act to create a shift in our school culture. Together we will work to dismantle the norms associated with gender.

Speakers include Dr. Eli Green, Margaret Butler, and (on Monday, March 12), Tarana Burke.

Evening Workshop for Families: "Understanding the Identities and Experiences of Transgender Youth"
Tuesday, February 27 | Blackburne Library | 6:30 to 8 pm

Dr. Eli Green

Dr. Eli R. Green, CSE is the founder of The Transgender Training Institute, an educational consulting company providing training and consulting by transgender people to the benefit of transgender people and communities. TTI works with K-12 schools, colleges, and universities, social service providers, and corporations to help create more transgender-affirming environments and services. Dr. Green is also the co-author of The Teaching Transgender Toolkit: A Facilitator's Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Decreasing Prejudice & Building Skills.

On Display in the Carol Shen Gallery: Tim Okamura: "Love, Strength & Soul"
February - April 2018 | Carol Shen Gallery

Tim Okamura

Tim Okamura investigates identity, the urban environment, metaphor, and cultural iconography through a unique method of painting — one that combines an essentially "realist" approach to the figure with collage, spray paint, and mixed media. The juxtaposition of the rawness and urgency of street art and academic ideals has created a visual language that acknowledges a traditional form of storytelling through portraiture, while infusing the work with resonant contemporary motifs.

Packer in Action Event: Global Feminism Student Workshop
Wednesday, February 28

Margaret Butler, executive director at Komera, brings a background in teaching, international development, and non-profit management to Komera. In Rwanda, "Komera" means "be strong be courageous". Komera builds self-confident young women through education, community, and sport. Margaret lived in Rwanda in 2007, working with Partners In Health and The Clinton Foundation, and now works with Komera and other organizations to support global feminism.

Packer in Action Follow-Up Event: A Conversation for Students with #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke
Monday, March 12

Tarana Burke

Tarana Burke is the senior director at Girls for Gender Equity and is a civil rights activist known for being the first to use the phrase "Me Too" in 2006 to raise awareness of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse and assault in society. The phrase has since developed into a broader movement. TIME named Tarana Burke, among a group of other prominent female activists dubbed "the silence breakers", as the 2017 TIME Person of the Year.