Eric Alva | WGRC Symposium Lunch Keynote
- Friday, March 24, 2017 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM
- LBJ Student Center Ballroom
Race, Sexual Orientation, and Military Status: Using Intersectionality to Build a Path to Social Justice
Eric Alva will present the lunch keynote address at the Women and Gender Research Collaborative's 2017 Symposium. Lunch is free, and the event is open to everyone.
Retired Staff Sergeant Eric Alva was one of the first troops to be deployed for the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and the first American wounded in the war. Stepping on a landmine just hours after the ground war began, Alva became the war's first Purple Heart recipient. After serving in the military for 13 years, Alva retired and returned to college. It was there that he took the momentous step of coming out as a gay man who had proudly served and sacrificed for his country. As the national spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign's effort to repeal the military's discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy — which they helped end in 2011 — Alva is now a popular speaker on diversity in the workplace, speaking at organizations such as Johnson & Johnson, Toyota, Raytheon, AOL, Union Pacific Railroad, and NASA. Alva continues to champion civil rights for all individuals and serves as a powerful role model for remaining true to one's self.
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