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Forging Connection, Finding Community: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Milestones at UW–Madison

Welcome home, Badgers: join us at the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center (GSCC) for this reception with LGBTQ+ alumni and students, friends, and special guests. With Homecoming approaching, students and alumni look forward to the opportunity to return to campus and reconnect with each other, and what better reason to gather than in celebration of our achievements? This program will highlight several milestones in the history of UW–Madison’s LGBTQ+ campus communities, including this semester’s grand opening of gender-inclusive housing, a new scholarship for first-year students, the reestablishment of an LGBTQ+ alumni network, and the unveiling of a commemorative installation by artist Jeanette Martín ’12 honoring the campus community members and students whose persistence and resilience helped to expand LGBTQ+ inclusion at UW–Madison. This legacy has been long in the making; let’s celebrate together.

RSVP requested as space is limited. Register by Friday, Oct. 22, to secure your spot at this free event.

About the speakers

Paula Bonner MS’78
CEO Emerita of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) and former chief alumni officer for the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association (WFAA) 
She/Her 

Paula Bonner began her more than 40-year career with UW–Madison in the UW Department of Athletics as the associate director of women’s athletics, during which time she oversaw the growth in both size and support of women’s intercollegiate sports. She joined WAA in 1989 as associate executive director and became the organization’s chief executive officer and president in January 2000. When WAA merged with the UW Foundation in 2014 to form the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, Bonner was named the organization’s chief alumni officer, a role she held until her retirement from WFAA in December 2017. During her time with WAA, Bonner led several efforts such as the renowned Grandparents University®, WAA’s 150th anniversary, and the opening of Alumni Park, creating impacts that are still felt by Badger students, alumni, and friends today.

Paula looks forward to sharing some of her own journey as a young lesbian professional, including coming out in a historically homophobic time and industry as she and others fought to bring about the fulfillment of Title IX; moving on to her career in university advancement at WAA; and navigating the intersection of personal and professional goals and organizational and institutional cultures around gender and sexuality, race, and feminism during her time at the UW.

Travis Winger '21

Travis Winger ’21
Program coordinator of Open House Learning Community 
He/Him and They/Them 

A recent 2021 graduate with a degree in nursing, Travis Winger was a resident of Open House during their first year on campus and started working with Open House in fall 2017 as a learning community programming assistant. Winger is also a recipient of the 2021 GSCC Ginsberg Family Award for outstanding leadership and service contributions while maintaining academic excellence.

Tuesday, Oct. 26
WHEN
October 26, 2021
6-7:30 p.m.
WHERE
Gender and Sexuality Campus Center
Red Gym, Room 137, 716 Langdon Street
Madison, WI
View Map and Event Details
COST
Free Entrance
Gender and Sexuality Campus Center
Red Gym, Room 137, 716 Langdon Street
Madison, WI
Tuesday, Oct. 26
WHEN
October 26, 2021
6-7:30 p.m.
WHERE
Gender and Sexuality Campus Center
Red Gym, Room 137, 716 Langdon Street
Madison, WI
View Map and Event Details
COST
Free Entrance

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