Dr. Jean F. East is a co-member of the Loretto Community and a professor emerita from the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. Her over 40 years of professional social work practice focused on the intersection of gender, race, poverty and trauma. Jean co-founded Women's Initiative for Service and Empowerment, which for 20 years provided services for financially vulnerable women through therapeutic services, leadership development and advocacy. In retirement, she volunteers with Angelica Village, a non-profit community that supports persons displaced by war and violence, including refugee youth, immigrants and formerly homeless families. She belongs to the Loretto Feminist Network.

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Changing times, changing words: gender and feminism

The Loretto Feminist Network defines itself as social change movement. Today we clearly acknowledge a feminism that promotes change and healing in all systems of dominance and finds spaces for intersectional identities and oppressions.