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LSPU graduating students join the Gender Sensitivity training to foster inclusive futures

In a proactive move towards fostering inclusivity and respect, graduating students from the Laguna State Polytechnic University-Sta Cruz Campus (LSPU-SCC), through the initiative of Gender and Development (GAD), attended the webinar on Gender Sensitivity Training for Graduating Students via Zoom and Facebook live streaming, July 4. 

The webinar covered the functions and importance of GAD as presented by Dr. Ma. Rellie B. Kalacas, former GAD chairperson and current chairperson of the Scholarship and Financial Assistance (SFA); the difference between sex and gender by Ms. Maristela S. Arapan, GAD Unit Head of the College of Industrial Technology (CIT); division of labor by Mrs. Rachiel Rivano, GAD Unit Head of the College of Computer Studies (CCS); and laws concerning violence against women (VAWC) by Dr. Liezel Baclig-Franco.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Christian P. San Luis, Chairperson of the Office of the Student Affairs (OSAS), emphasized that gender sensitivity is not only about knowing the differences of genders but also respecting each other. He also noted that engaging in discussions is also important to broaden one’s perspective. 

Meanwhile, Engr. Manuel Luis R. Alvarez, Campus Director of LSPU-SCC, encouraged participants to listen with an open mind and reflect on how to apply their learning in their personal and professional lives. He also reminded the participants of roles they play to promote a more inclusive community. 

Dr. Sierra Marie S. Aycardo, GAD Unit Head of the College of Teacher Education (CTE), expressed gratitude to everyone who participated in the webinar, emphasizing its significant contribution to students' learning of proper interaction with individuals they will encounter, especially in their future careers.

Dr. Leslie Salazar served as the lady of the ceremony during the webinar.