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Laverne Cox emphasizes ‘proving our humanhood’

The popular ‘Orange is the New Black’ actress returns to ISU to speak on her experiences as a transgender woman

(Paige Meisenheimer / Photographer) Laverne Cox stresses the importance of self acceptance and open-mindedness to ISU Wednesday.

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Laverne Cox stresses the importance of self acceptance and open-mindedness to ISU Wednesday.

Wednesday, Braden Auditorium in the Bone filled with eager fans waiting to hear from “Orange is the New Black” actress,  Laverne Cox.

During the event Cox spoke openly about her journey as a transgender woman and how her life experiences created the woman that she is today.

Cox mentioned crucial issues within the LGBTQ community such as gender policing and cultural acceptance.

She spear-headed the discussion with the famous “Ain’t I a woman” quote and references to female activists Sojourner Truth, Judith Butler, Simone De Beauvoir and Brene Brown.

“As long as we have to prove our manhood or womanhood, we are not living free. How about proving our humanhood?” said Cox.

“I believe that if we just get to know people, all misconceptions would melt away.”

Cox stressed the importance of acceptance of self and others through self-liberation, open-mindedness and public policy in order to make needed changes.

“The piece of public is only part of the equation, but it is an important part of the equation,” said Cox.

“I think the work that we have to do is to work to make sure we have public policy, public accommodations and protections all over the country.”

She challenged the crowd to have the “difficult conversations in order to get a better understanding of who they are.”

Sheri Parry, senior molecular and cellular biology major, attended Cox’s speech and felt empowered by her confident and positive attitude.

“I’m still in awe that I was able to hear this inspirational woman speak so eloquently about her experiences and transgendered rights,” Parry said.

She is very fortunate she was able  to attend, as Parry had to miss Cox’s Feb. 15 presentation.

After the event, select fans got the opportunity to participate in a meet and greet with Cox.

The event was hosted by University Program Board.

Use break to plan for future

Spring break is a time students use to get away from the stressful daily routine of school. However, students who are interested in getting ahead in the job world might want to utilize the week to network

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Gain experience by volunteering in the field in which you are interested. There are two organizations on Illinois State University’s campus that offer alternative spring break opportunities. They include Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) and Alternative Spring Break (ASB) .Both offer rewarding experiences personally and professionally.

Additionally, volunteering can look great on a resume. Keep in mind the earlier you start volunteering in your college career, the better. These trips also allow for students to visit far-off places as well as help others, so it’s a win-win situation.

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Make an appointment with a professional in the field you are interested in. Do not be afraid to talk to family members also involved in your field of study.

“Well, for networking in general, think about who you know in your field that you can talk to,” Megan Turner, an advisor in the Career Center, said. “Do an informational interview (with a professional), asking a set list of questions about their company, goals and education.”

Turner said if students do not know anyone in their field, talk to professors and alumni along with using LinkedIn.

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Utilize the Career Center resources. The center offers free printing of resumes and business cards for students. The career advisors also help students develop job-search and interview skills and notifies students of internship opportunities.

The Career Center assists students with meeting employers in their field at career fairs throughout the semester. Make an appointment with a few to prepare yourself for the next step in your life after graduation.

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Scrub your online presence. Make sure there are no offensive or illicit pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Turner said it is crucial for students to make sure their online presence is clean. Social media is part of the process of networking and employers might pass over students with something offensive on their social media.

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