Speakers for Camp Pride and Advisor Book Camp are (left to right) Mara Keisling, Jamie Washington and Shane Windmeyer.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Campus Pride’s Camp Pride 2015 is underway and the community is invited to participate at any number of programs throughout the session which began on July 14 and continues through to July 19.

Held in cooperation between the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University and Campus Pride, the Summer Leadership Academy is free and open to the public.

On July 17, speaker Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, will share her thoughts at 7 p.m. The following afternoon, Jamie Washington, president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group, will speak at 2:30 p.m. That evening at 7 p.m., the Campus Pride Awards Reception and Graduation Ceremony will take place. All of these programs are located at the Cone Center, McKnight Auditorium 320, UNC-C, 9201 University Blvd.

On July 19, Shane Windmeyer, author and executive director of Campus Pride, will close out the event at 10 a.m., in the Cone Center, Lucas Room 341.

Earlier in the week, participants were treated to a concert by singer/songwriters Randi Driscoll and Justin Utley, One Voice Chorus of Charlotte, a presentation by Jeff Sheng with the Fearless Project, a Day of Action for Trans Justice, community potluck featuring Diego Sanchez (trans national civil rights leader) and entertainment by KoKo Jones and J Mase III.

info: campuspride.org.

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