In collaboration with the European Union Center, DSJE is excited to host a series of speakers who will share on their research around topics of social justice in Europe.


February 2024: Dr. Sophie King-Hill, University of Birmingham, UK

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Sexual behaviour in children and young people

Thursday, February 15, 2024 | 4:00-5:00 PM
Women's Resources Center, 616 E Green St #202, Champaign

This talk will incorporate differing aspects and the intersectionality of sexual behaviours, sexual health, and period poverty as they link to shame.

About Dr. Sophie King-Hill:

Sophie is a Associate Professor  in the Health Services Management Centre. She specialises in sexual behaviours and assessment in children and young people, sexual health, sibling sexual abuse, misogyny, relationships & sex education and the importance of youth voice. Much of her work is cross-sector, cross-disciplinary and centred around participatory and co-design approaches with young people. Sophie also has an interest in policy implementation, transfer and success frameworks and evaluation strategies. Previously she worked extensively in the third sector in the field of education and sexual health with many diverse groups such as teenage parents and young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. 


Previous Speakers

March 2023: Dr. Gabriele Magni

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LGBT Rights & Representation: What's the matter on the right?

Thursday, March 30, 2023 | 4:00-5:00 PM
University YMCA, Murphy Lounge

What explains diverging attitudes toward LGBTQ+ rights among right-wing parties in Europe? Driven by changing social values and declining religiosity, the center right has largely embraced gay rights. The religious right, whose voters remain devout, maintains its biblically rooted opposition to LGBTQ+ rights. The radical right is split. In Western Europe and Scandinavia, it has embraced the rhetoric of gay rights as a dog whistle of islamophobia to justify anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant policies. When gay rights are seen as a 'foreign' value, such as in Eastern and Southern Europe, the radical right opposes gay rights. Right-wing parties across the board are much less likely to embrace trans rights.
Light refreshments provided.

Community Conversation with Dr. Magni

Friday, March 31, 2023 | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, Illini Union Room 323

An opportunity to chat with Dr. Magni about pursuing a career in academic, research, advocacy. This opportunity centers our queer, trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming undergraduate and graduate students.
Light refreshments provided.


Diversity & Social Justice Education, European Union Center, Gender & Sexuality Center, Women's Resources Center, Department of Education Title VI, Student Cultural Programming Fee