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Janet Mock Named 2015 Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professor

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: February 10, 2015

DENVER – Metropolitan State University of Denver announces author Janet Mock as this year’s Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Founded in 1981, the professorship fosters multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at MSU Denver, and brings renowned scholars and artists of distinction to the University to conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures for students, faculty and the larger Denver community.

On Feb. 26, Mock will speak on campus and in the community about her work as a transgender women’s advocate, journalist and MSNBC host, as well as speak about her New York Times bestselling book, “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.”

‌Mock is a contributing editor at Marie Claire, host of the new MSNBC series SO POPular! and a member of the Arcus Foundation’s board,which supports LGBT social-justice causes. She has been recognized in TIME magazine as one of 12 new faces of black leadership and her work has been honored by the Feminist Press, Sylvia Rivera Law Project and Planned Parenthood.

Mock will speak to students in the Tivoli Turnhalle on the Auraria Campus at 11 a.m. and to the community at Shorter Community AME Church, 3100 Richard Allen Court, from 6- 8 p.m. Both events take place on Feb. 26.

In association with the professorship, each year a Hope for the Future of Noel Award is given to Colorado citizens who have made a different in the community. This year’s award winner is Denver resident Lylaus Dean Keyes, who was the plaintiff in the landmark 1972 U.S. Supreme Court desegregation case, Keyes versus School District No. 1. The Court’s resolution lead to mandatory integration of existing segregation in Denver public school system and clarifying court orders from twenty years earlier in Brown versus Board of Education decision; and Courtney Gray, a transgender leader, advocate and educator whose work includes efforts with the Denver Sheriff’s Department concerning trans inmate issues.

Noel events on campus and in the community are free and open to the public, and no RSVP is required. For more information visit


About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state’s economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 58 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 21,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s nearly 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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