After spending almost two semesters on their project, The
Genderfree Bedroom team finally held their event on Thursday, April 18. After
waking up early (and in some cases oversleeping), the four members met in the
UHL house to divide up tasks. Yumi Morii (Biology, 2013) and Natalie Ta (Public
Health, 2013) decided to go post flyers around North Classroom and the Tivoli
while Jennifer Mayo (English Creative Writing, 2013) and Kelly McNamara (Music
Recording, 2013) went to set up the room. In room 320 in the Tivoli, Jennifer
and Kelly laid folders out on the table, preparing for attendees.
“Are you nervous? Don’t be nervous,” Kelly told Jennifer.
As they tested the microphones, the Women’s Resource Center,
the LGBT Student
Services, New Era Colorado, OneColorado, and Rainbow Alley set
up informational tables in the back of the room. At 11:00am, guests started to
come in, grab food, and sit down to enjoy the event. After a brief introduction
and then a provocative presentation about advertising from Dr. Brian Ott, the
event moved to its main draw – the panel moderated by Kelly.
The panelists included Cory Barrett from Rainbow Alley,
professor of Communication Dr. Brian Ott, Daniel Ramos from OneColorado, Glenn
Stanton from Focus on the Family, and Carisa Weaver from the Women’s Resource
“It was nice to be in a place where it was openly discussed,”
Michal Peer (Anthropology, 2015), referring to the topics of gender and
After a series of questions, the event quickly wrapped up.
“My biggest thought right after it was that we could
actually get the audience involved,”
said Kelly. “It wasn’t a bunch of
statistic or a one hundred person science lecture. The audience was actively
While this event marks the end of their project, Jennifer,
Kelly, Yumi, and Natalie hope that other students will take on The Genderfree
Bedroom organization after they graduate. If you’re interested, please email
Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org
to get more information.