Changing the Political Landscape with Houston Mayor Annise Parker

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October 17, 2013
November 25, 2013


On Thursday, October 17, 2013, Annise Parker, the first openly gay person elected mayor of a major US city, spoke about her experiences in a RISE: Reflect. Intervene. Speak. Engage. keynote lecture at the University of Chicago.

Parker is now in her second term as mayor. In 2010, Time magazine included her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Parker focuses on her experiences as mayor of the fourth largest US city, discussing diversity, LGBTQ, and civil rights issues and building allyships across multiple communities.

This is the second RISE keynote lecture since Campus and Student Life launched the diversity initiative in spring 2013. RISE represents our shared commitment to the values of respect and free expression as a University community. Through RISE, Campus and Student Life aims to encourage University community members to reflect on and challenge assumptions about the roles of class, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, and other aspects of identity.