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Jean East CoL

Jean has been a Loretto Co-member since 1983 and recently retired as a professor of social work at the University of Denver, Graduate School of Social Work. She currently is a coordinator of the Loretto’s Women’s Network and supports local efforts in Denver for immigrants and refugees.
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Book Review: Era of Ignition by Amber Tamblyn…

By Jean East CoL / November 5, 2020 /

By Becca Krasky, Loretto Volunteer and Jean East, Co-member, an intergenerational conversation In the height of the Me Too movement, many women wrote about their experiences. One was Amber Tamblyn who is an actress. Her book, Era of Ignition was published in 2019. The book is a personal exploration of sexual bias and feminism in…

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Intersectionality

By Jean East CoL / October 30, 2020 /

In the presentation by LFN at the 2020 Assembly (post Assembly), we celebrated the 100-year anniversary of women’s right to vote. As we shared, this really meant white women, as Black women still lived under Jim Crow laws and Indigenous and Latina women were also discriminated against when it came to voting. In our presentation…

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Loretto Community Supports Feminism … Women and All Gender Identities

By Jean East CoL / August 24, 2020 /

‘Women Hold Up Half the Sky’* (*Original statement by Mao Zedong and a portion of the title of a book, ‘Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide,’ by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn) Loretto Feminist Network The Loretto Feminist Network (LFN), also known as the Loretto Women’s Network, has strong roots in…

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Intentional Community: An Authentic Sign of Hope (Proposal 10)

By Jean East CoL / November 1, 2019 /

By Jean East  A conference in Hudson, N.Y., provided signs of hope through the topic “Diversity and Inclusion in Intentional Communities.” Beth Blissman and I attended the conference this past July. The conference included more than 50 sessions, tours of local communities, community meals, movies and plays. Beth and I attended different sessions that were…

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LWN Presents EnCourage

By Jean East CoL / December 1, 2018 /

Building on the significant history of the Loretto Women’s Network (LWN), we are once again writing a newsletter for the Community and others about the issues facing women in today’s society. It will be called EnCourage. We hope to publish three-four times a year and welcome any ideas you might have. The inspiration for this…

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Jean East: ‘My Job, My Vocation’

By Jean East CoL / November 1, 2018 /

I am so blessed that my job as a professor at the University of Denver was not only my job but also my vocation. I retired in June 2018 from a position in which my job and my vocation joined to teach and mentor others, primarily young women, to work for social justice, change and…

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