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Meet the Speakers

Benje Douglas earned his undergraduate degree in justice systems at Truman State University, a master’s degree in theological studies at Texas Christian University’s Brite Divinity School, and a second master’s degree in prevention science and practice at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining the staff at Bowdoin, Benje worked in support of academic success for students of all backgrounds and abilities, violence prevention, and assistance for victims of violence and sexual assault for organizations in Texas, Arkansas, and Pennsylvania.  

Eduardo Pazos Palma was born and raised in Mexico, he moved to Massachusetts to attend Boston Baptist College and went on to earn a master’s degree at Yale Divinity School. After graduating from Yale, Eduardo went on to work in financial aid and adjunct teach at his alma mater. He later moved to Texas to work with immigrant families as a pastor and chaplain, where he provided pastoral counseling to students and parents in moments of crisis and led a Spanish-speaking ministry. Most recently he has worked in business and finance, but Eduardo maintained a connection to spiritual and religious life and education, adjunct teaching online courses titled Old and New Testament Survey, and Contemporary Worldviews.

Kate Stern has a bachelor's degree from Bennington College and a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has over ten years of experience as a teacher and trainer. In 2000, she was hired by the Boston Public Schools to create a safe schools program for LGBTQ students. Before coming to Bowdoin, she worked as a trainer with the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence, an organization in Portland, ME that trains students all over the country to stand up and speak out against bias, prejudice and violence.

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Jen Sturtevant, MBA, LAT, ATC (she/her) – Jen serves as the Ambulatory Services Supervisor, which includes coordinating the athletic training program, for Tufts Medicine at MelroseWakefield Hospital in the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts. Jen is co-chair of the DEI committee for the hospital with a passion for working towards creating an inclusive and equitable environment for patients, employees, and the communities they serve. Jen is currently Chair of the NATA LGBTQ+ Advisory Committee.

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