Coming Sept. 29: Fireside chat with Chasten Buttigieg

Chasten Buttigieg (Courtesy)
Chasten Buttigieg (Courtesy)

The Midwest Institute for Sexuality and Gender Diversity and the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy are proud to support a student-led initiative concluding this year’s Out Week, hosted by Out For Business and Out in Public: a fireside chat with Chasten Buttigieg.

The event will be held in person and livestreamed from Ann Arbor on Friday, September 29.

Chasten Buttigieg is an author, teacher, education enthusiast, LGBTQ+ rights advocate, and husband of Secretary of Transportation and previous presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg.

After leaving the 2020 campaign trail, Chasten Buttigieg published his first book, I Have Something to Tell You. In this moving, uplifting memoir, he recounts his journey to finding acceptance as a young gay man in rural Northern Michigan.

In conversation with Emma Jabour (MPP/MBA '24), this discussion will focus on the intersections of identity and allyship, particularly in social and professional contexts. Welcome remarks will be delivered by Ford School dean Celeste Watkins-Hayes, OFB club presidents Camren Kaminsky and Joseph Kind, and MBA Council's DEI chair Sean-Michael Steele.

The conversation is hosted as part of the Institute's Queer Policy Series, a program that convenes policymakers, leaders, and students to examine policies at various levels that impact queer and trans students and youth, and provides tools for effecting policy changes that embrace and affirm diverse sexualities and genders. It is also part of the Ford School and Center for Racial Justice's Racial Foundations of Public Policy Series, and follows prior collaborations with the Ford School on the racial foundations of public policy and trans issues in sports. Attendance for this year's livestream is once again free and open to the public.

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