Sarah McBride, author of Tomorrow Will Be Different: Love, Loss, and the Fight for Trans Equality,was the inaugural speaker at Rutgers University–Camden’s first annual Social Justice Symposium on Monday, April 15th. As lead sponsor, the School of Social Work had a strong presence at the event, including Dean and Distinguished Professor Cathryn Potter, Assistant Professor Marla Blunt-Carter, and many social work students, among others in attendance.
In 2011, McBride was elected student body president at American University. During her last week in the role, McBride gained international attention when she came out as a transgender woman in her college’s newspaper, The Eagle. McBride is largely credited with the passage of legislation in Delaware banning discrimination on the basis of gender identity in employment, housing, insurance, and public accommodations. In July 2016, she was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention, becoming the first openly transgender person to address a major party convention in American history.
“Our college campuses should look like the country we want to build in 10 or 15 years, and Rutgers–Camden is clearly helping lead the way in building the next generation of leaders and change agents,” said McBride. “It was particularly meaningful to see such incredible turnout from both students and administrators alike for a discussion around trans rights. When my friend Marla Blunt-Carter asked me to speak at Rutgers–Camden, I jumped at the chance, and I'm so glad I did. From the discussion with Marla to the conversations with students before and after the event, I left feeling empowered and inspired by the Rutgers community.”