Judy Shepard on "The Legacy of Matthew Shepard"

About Judy Shepard
In 1998, Judy Shepard lost her son, Matthew, to a murder motivated by anti-gay hate. Turning tragedy into a crusade for justice, and determined to prevent Matthew's fate from befalling others, she established The Matthew Shepard Foundation to help carry on his legacy.

Activist speaker Judy Shepard has appeared in two Human Rights Campaign advertisements urging an end to anti-gay violence and promoting a greater understanding of gay issues. She is also actively involved with Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). In this capacity, she has written an open letter to schools across the country urging officials to make schools safer for gay students by promoting tolerance and diversity.

Most recently, Judy Shepard authored the New York Times best-selling book, The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World Transformed, a moving, intimate look at how her life, and the entire fight for equal rights, changed when her son was killed. The 2015 documentary Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine revisits Matt's murder and provides a new look into his too-short life

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Notable casting director tapped for Media Distinguished Leadership Award

Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication has named Kate O’Brian, president of Al Jazeera America, the 2015 winner of the Robert G. McGruder Distinguished Guest Lecture and Award for Diversity. The award recognizes the accomplishments of media professionals who encourage diversity in the field of journalism.

Student entrepreneurs from across all majors and disciplines now have an opportunity to apply and receive critical startup funding to advance their business idea with the initiation of the Blackstone LaunchPad Student Launch Fund.

Holocaust Museum Bus Trip

Every year the Jewish Studies Program, in collaboration with Hillel at KSU, organizes a bus trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC.

The trip takes places on the first Sunday in November, with the bus departing at 5 a.m. and returning around 11 p.m. The fee has been $20, which includes transportation, entry fee, and lunch.

Space is limited, with applications due toward the end of October. Going on the trip will fulfill a student’s Experiential Learning Requirement as a non-course credit.