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Laverne Cox is a critically acclaimed actress who currently appears in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, playing the groundbreaking role of “Sophia Burset,” an incarcerated African American transgender woman. Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Time magazine named Sophia Burset the 4th most influential fictional character of 2013.
Cox has also become a vocal and prominent advocate for moving beyond traditional gender expectations, with speaking engagements nationwide and appearances on CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NPR, HLN, VH1, and other national TV and radio networks. Laverne was named one of Out magazine’s “Out 100,” one of the country’s top 50 trans icons by The Huffington Post, and one of Metro Source magazine’s “55 People We Love.” A graduate of Marymount Manhattan College, Laverne holds a degree in Fine Arts.
Cox's appearance is part of the Scholars Seminar on Leadership, Research, and Innovation, a semester-long series of events featuring thought leaders and change makers from both inside and outside the university.