Mount Mercy University to welcome local author Zach Wahls

Guest speaker Zach Wahls, author and advocate

Mount Mercy University will welcome Iowa City author and marriage equality and family advocate Zach Wahls to campus on Wednesday, April 2 as part of the university’s Social Work Reads program.

Each year, the faculty, staff and students in Mount Mercy’s social work program select a book for Social Work Reads that focuses on a diverse group facing unique social, political and/or economic challenges. The selected work is read by students and highlighted within related curricular content throughout social work classes. The program’s activities culminate with a guest-speaker discussion on the given topic. This year, the selected author himself will visit. Wahls will discuss his national best-seller, My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family.

Zach Wahls is a sixth-generation Iowan, an advocate for LGBTQ rights, an Eagle Scout and the founder of Scouts for Equality. His Iowa House Judiciary Committee testimony about his family unit was YouTube's most watched political video of 2011. He has appeared on The Daily Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Situation Room, and many other media outlets.

“The Social Work Reads program was created to demonstrate our commitment to prepare our students with knowledge and skills to work within a diverse society,” said Joni Howland, associate professor of social work at Mount Mercy. “We’re beyond pleased to host Zach.”

The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. in the Flaherty Community Room inside Basile Hall on Mount Mercy’s campus. The event is free and open to the public with limited seating available.


In the pursuit of educational discourse, Mount Mercy University welcomes guests with varied perspectives.


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