Author: Alex Catmull

How gender equity at Westminster compares to other Utah colleges

Disclaimer: There are many different aspects to diversity, but this story will focus on gender in higher education roles. The story will also only discuss gender in binary, even though The Forum understands that gender is a spectrum. In December 2015, a group of 13 student activists protested at a faculty meeting in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business because of statements from the college’...

Gender-affirming wardrobe event helps people express identity organizers say

Colorful lights flashing, upbeat music playing, lively conversations and clothes, lots and lots of clothes. This was the backdrop of Westminster College’s gender affirming wardrobe event on Feb. 22 in Foster Hall. The event, coordinated by Quinn Visher, a public health major, was intended to give community members a chance to find clothes that express who they are at no cost. Visher said she organ...

Presenter draws connection from manic pixie dream girl trope to violence against women with mental illness

She’s whimsical. She’s captivating. She’s completely attached, completely aloof, dissociative, hyper-sexual, manic, impulsive, charismatic and eccentric. She is the manic pixie dream girl. The common trope and its detrimental effect on the real mentally ill women it embodies was the subject in Kyli Rodriguez-Cayro’s speech at Westminster College on Monday. The term manic pixie dream girl was coine...

Want to change the world? There’s a class for that

Westminster College’s How to Change the World class provides students with an opportunity to learn through service and volunteer work in the South Salt Lake community. The class is taught by education professor Peter Ingle both Fall and Spring semesters. In the class, students must complete 20 hours of volunteering in the South Salt Lake community while investigating what it means to serve, and wh...