Metropolitan State University of Denver’s Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy is hosting its 33rd annual Bridge Speaker event, marking the transition and connection between the current Black History Month and Women’s History Month in March.  

This year, GITA will host Patrisse Cullors, a New York Times bestselling author, educator, artist, abolitionist and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement.  

“‘An Abolitionist’s Handbook’ is all about how everyday activists can effectively fight for an abolitionist present and future,” GITA Associate Director Eneri Rodriguez said. “Patrisse Cullors brings a critical intersectional voice to the movement for social justice, and we are delighted to host her as our annual Bridge Speaker. 

This event is co-sponsored with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; the Center for Equity and Student Achievement; the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion; the LGBTQ Student Resource Center; the Department of Gender, Women and Sexualities Studies; the Department of Africana Studies; the Department of Chicana/o Studies; the Department of Political Science; the Department of Social Work; and the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.  

Bridge Speaker Event


11 a.m. 

St. Cajetan’s Event Center 

The event will also be livestreamed for those unable to attend in person. 

In-person capacity will be limited, and 50 copies of Cullors’ book “2 Steps to Changing Yourself and the World: An Abolitionists Handbook” will be available for students on a first-come, first-served basis, courtesy of the LGBTQ Student Resource Center and the Department of Political Science.  

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