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UNC Area Studies Centers Host ‘Global Careers for LGBTQ Folk’

October 12, 2021
Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies

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Members of the LGBTQ+ community play key roles in international business, diplomacy, advocacy, and scholarship, but they can also face unique challenges in global careers because of their sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression (on top of all the other challenges of global careers). On Oct. 5, this panel brought members of the LGBTQ+ community who are navigating careers that cross borders and tackle international issues to talk about some of the continuing challenges, unique opportunities, and best strategies for pursuing global careers as a queer person. A recording of the discussion is available.

Our panelists are from different sectors and work on different parts of the world:

  • Lacy Ferrell, an historian of Africa at University of Central Washington and a member of the AHA Committee on LGBTQ Status in the Profession
  • Anna Kirey, UNC-Chapel Hill alum who has been active in NGOs promoting LGBTQ rights in Eastern Europe
  • Camilo Ramirez, UNC-Chapel Hill alum who has been working with the Brookings Institution and is soon headed to the State Department

If you have any questions, please reach out to Dr. Kevin W. Fogg, Associate Director of the Carolina Asia Center, at

The event was co-sponsored by the Carolina Asia Center, LGBTQ Center at UNC, Trans-Atlantic Masters Program at UNC, UNC African Studies Center, UNC Center for European Studies, UNC Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, UNC Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and Eastern European Studies, and UNC Institute for Study of the Americas.

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