Transgender Day of Remembrance Event
Rutgers School of Social Work's SWAGGER and the Inclusion, Intersectionality, Diversity, Equity, and Advancement Committee (IIDEA). This event will feature the following guests:
- Jackie Baras | Director of Perioperative Quality and Clinical Anesthesia Manager, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Nurse and transgender rights advocate, Jackie Baras established the first LGBTQIA hospital-based primary care clinic in New Jersey- PROUD Family Health at RWJ Somerset. Recently, she has launched the PROUD Gender Center of New Jersey in New Brunswick. This center is the first of its kind in the state and offers a broad and comprehensive range of services and experts specializing in LGBTQIA care in a centralized location.
- TJ Barganski | Author of She, He, and Finding Me
A retired firefighter/EMT, TJ is a transgender advocate, speaker and educator who helps behavioral science students, families, and those living with gender dysphoria to better understand the issues faced by transgender people. He has appeared on television shows and makes public appearances to raise awareness and acceptance of those who share his path.
- Amos Koffa | Spoken Word Artist and BASW Student
Amos (aim-us) Koffa (cough-uh), who uses the pronouns “they/them/their,” is a current senior at the Rutgers School of Social Work. They are a Poetry Out Loud national finalist, NAACP ACT-SO award winning playwright, and nationally recognized by GLSEN for their LGBTQ+ advocacy. Amos uses their voice to bring awareness to social injustices through written and spoken-word poetry. Studying to become a social worker, Amos truly has the goal of changing the world one word at a time.
Discussion will be moderated by MSW student, Emera Dancy. If you have any questions for the presenters, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, November 18 by 5pm.