Podcast: Featured Guests Lisa M. Gray and Fred D. Mason III

Original Air Date: February 20, 2012

Photo Rev. Mother Meredith MoiseWith Guest Host, Rev. Mother Meredith Moise, an Old Catholic priest, writer, teacher and activist, living in Baltimore, MD. This native New Yorker was a co-chair of Creating Change 2012, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force’s conference on LGBT equality. She was also recently elected to serve as vice chairperson of Baltimore Black Pride. Mother Meredith’s editorials and articles can be found in Baltimore OUTLoud, Baltimore’s independent voice for the LGBT community.

Photo Lisa M. GrayLisa M. Gray holds an MA in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University and a BA in English Literature from the University of Richmond. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. For the past 10 years, Lisa has served as an active alumni volunteer and donor for UR through her work with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Career Center, URBAN, the Richmond Council, Alumni Recruitment Committee (ARC), and the Women Involved in Living and Learning (WILL) Program. Lisa’s most recent social justice based, community service work beyond UR has been with the Maryland Mentoring Partnership, the MD NAACP Mentoring Program, Equality Maryland, the Maryland Black Family Alliance, and as a mentor and diversity consultant for My Sister’s Circle, Inc.

Lisa has worked in the areas of college student development, multicultural affairs, diversity education, training and organizational development for over 15 years. She is originally from “Richmond, VA by way of Chicago, IL”, spending over half her life in both areas. In July 2006, she joined the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Office of Student Life as the Assistant Director of Student Life for Cultural and Spiritual Diversity. Lisa is responsible for leading the programs, services, and staff of the Mosaic: Culture and Diversity Center and Interfaith Center in collaboration with UMBC students, faculty and staff on campus-wide diversity program development, training, and curriculum infusion.

Photo Fred D. Mason IIIFred D. Mason III is a native Baltimorean who wants his City and State to be places where all people are free to pursue opportunities and maximize their potential. Fred’s activism began to flower as a student at Tulane University in New Orleans through work in the anti-apartheid movement, local political activism, campus diversity initiatives, and recognition that the fight for equality for LGBT people is an integral part of the struggle for civil and human rights. He also holds degrees in Public Policy from Georgetown University and in Architecture from Morgan State University.

Fred is a lifelong member of St. James Episcopal Church on Lafayette Square where he and his spouse Phillip Lovett entered into a covenant before God on August 12, 2006. Fred has been involved in the work towards full recognition within the Episcopal Church, previously serving as head of the Baltimore Chapter of Integrity. Fred’s commitment to the Church has been recognized by his election to serve on the Diocesan Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.

Fred currently works at a local architecture firm and he, Phillip, and their dog Esso are very involved in their neighborhood of Reservoir Hill. Fred is deeply involved in the ongoing fight for equality in Maryland, and has met with legislators, testified at hearings, spoken at Lobby Day in Annapolis, and ran for the City Council in 2007. In the immortal words of Ella Baker “We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.”

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