Welcome to the NMU Gender Fair!

The NMU Gender Fair was started in 2017 by NMU undergraduate student Madeline Wiles. It has since become an annual student-driven event that fosters diversity and inclusion throughout campus and the Marquette community. In 2021, the Gender Fair went virtual as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We maintained a virtual component in 2022 even as the Fair returned being in person, and we hope to find ways of incorporating virtual projects in the future.

The Gender Fair is open to everyone on campus and in the community. Follow the links at the bottom of the page to take a look at virtual projects, schedules, and descriptions from past Gender Fairs.


Keynote speaker: Dr. Jesús Gregorio Smith spoke on Thursday, March 28 at 7pm in Jamrich 1100. His talk was livestreamed and a link to the recording can be found below.

The Gender Fair was held in the Northern Center Ballrooms on Friday, March 29 from 10am-3pm. We were so happy to see so many campus and community members! Join us again next year...


Image of the collaborative artwork created by 2024 Gender Fair Participants

Collaborative Artwork created by 2024 Gender Fair Participants

2024 Gender Fair Essay Contest

First Prize:
Anna Becker, "Hidden Mourning"
Elena Slate, "The Dignity of Representation"


Award recipients accepted their awards at 7:00pm, March 28th in Jamrich 1100, immediately preceding Dr. Smith's presentation


Essay contest award winners with Gender Fair co-coordinator Paige Meisel

Elena Slate and Anna Becker with Gender Fair Co-coordinator Paige Meisel

Keynote Speaker Jesus Gregorio Smith PH.D. March 28th, 2024 7pm-8pm in Jamrich 1100, Talk Title: Fat, Fem, and Fabulous: How Body Size, Gender, and Race Influence Sexual Negotiations in an Online Dating Market