Trans activist chosen as CCP’s 2020 commencement speaker

Kendall Stephens, a Black, transgender leader in the local trans community and one of PGN’s People of the Year in 2019, was selected as the student speaker for Community College of Philadelphia’s (CCP) 2020 commencement. Stephens is graduating from college with an associate’s degree in behavioral health and human services. She plans to continue her education by studying public health at Temple University on a full scholarship.

“From clubs and organizations, student programming and student leadership, [Kendall] has been extremely active in a variety of different ways,” said Richard Kopp, CCP’s assistant dean of students in the Academic and Student Success Division. “Not only [has she been] active and involved, but oftentimes [she] led the charge on many of the initiatives that she’s been involved with.” 

Stephens has indeed been very active in the CCP community. She served as president of the newly revitalized LGBTQ+ club, which runs out of the MarcDavid LGBTQ Center. In that role, she helped plan CCP’s LGBTQ conference for 2019 and 2020 and worked to ensure the visibility of the LGBTQ community on campus.