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Webinar for Students: Finding Home as an Intersex Asylum Seeker
The Pulitzer Center education team invites students and their teachers and parents/guardians to join us for a speaker series in which journalists highlight under-reported stories of resilience around the world. At a time when the headlines are dominated by crisis, we will explore stories of hope, joy, and connection while also learning more about how journalists investigate and communicate under-reported stories.

In this webinar, students will meet Tatenda Ngwaru, an intersex woman from Zimbabwe seeking asylum in the United States, and Robert Tokanel, a journalist who co-directed a documentary film that tells her story. Robert will share how he and co-director Yuhong Pang made "She's Not a Boy" and will screen an excerpt of the film. Tatenda will discuss her personal journey and her work advocating for intersex visibility.

While this webinar is open to all students as well as their teachers, guardians, and the public, it is recommended for grades 7 and up.

Jun 3, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Tatenda Ngwaru
Tatenda Shumirai Ngwaru, an immigrant from Zimbabwe is an asylum seeker and intersex advocate. She is the founder of True Identity, the first intersex organization in Zimbabwe that promoted community awareness of intersex issues. In addition to collaborating with Shondaland, writing for The Huffington Post, Vogue, and The Root, Ngwaru is the subject of the documentary She’s Not a Boy, which earlier this year was an official selection at Wicked Queer: The Boston LGBT Film Festival.
Robert Tokanel
Robert Tokanel is an emerging platforms producer at WGBH. His work has been published on The New York Times Learning Network, Boston.com, and Mic. He has previously reported from Jordan,Turkey, and Zimbabwe. He is a graduate of Northeastern University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.