Tag: LGBTQ Resource Center

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UW-Green Bay named Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly University

GREEN BAY – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced today that it has been informed of its selection as a 2015 Campus Pride Top 25 LGBTQ-Friendly College and University.

The Top 25 listing was awarded based on the final responses to the Campus Pride Index, a national benchmarking tool in which schools self-assesses LGBTQ-friendly policies, programs and practices www.campusprideindex.org. The Campus Pride Index is grounded in research on policy, program and practice and is conducted for and by LGBTQ experts in the field of higher education. Each campus updates its index annually and uses the Campus Pride benchmarking tool to make improvements for LGBTQ life on campus. UWGB received a 4.5 rating on a 5.0 scale.

“We are very excited about UW-Green Bay getting recognized by Campus Pride as a Top 25 ‘Best of the Best’ LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities,” said Dean of Students and Title IX Coordinator Brenda Amenson-Hill. “UW-Green Bay works extremely hard to make sure all students have every opportunity to get involved and succeed in the college environment.

“I would extend special congratulations to Stacie Christian, Coordinator of the Pride Center and Inclusive Excellence at UW-Green Bay, for her leadership and hard work with the Pride Center interns, students, staff, faculty, allies and community members, working collaboratively to make the university as welcoming and inclusive as possible… and also to UWGB’s Residence Life staff members for their dedication and work to create and implement the new SAIL-Safe and Inclusive Living Community in fall 2014 which is gaining popularity.”

The Pride Center was created to identify and respond to the concerns and needs of UW-Green Bay LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, and their allies; to provide high-quality support services that contribute to the academic and personal growth of LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and allies; and to offer a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment for LGBTQ people and their allies. A recent addition was the Campus Food, Cleaning, and Clothing Cupboard — available for all UWGB enrolled students. It provides food, cleaning supplies, and clothing at no cost for students struggling to make ends meet.

“I wish to recognize all of the support that comes from so many areas of UWGB that can make this happen — leadership, deans, staff and faculty from all areas of the campus, and alumni,” said Christian. “The interns, volunteers and students in the Pride Center know that so many individuals at UWGB understand and focus on making changes needed so LGBTQ students, staff, faculty and alumni can feel safe, and be treated equitably so they can do their best to support UWGB and our communities. UWGB as a community has come a long way in the past few years in making changes that are sometimes difficult to accomplish due to the complexity of working within established systems, but the perseverance of many who are aware for the need to make changes to provide equitable treatment for LGBTQ has paid off. The students have a supportive environment that allows them to accomplish their academic goals, and many LGBTQ at UWGB say this is a great place to work and go to school. The Pride Index offers great insights on where more work needs to be accomplished, and it is the goal of the Pride Center to work with the campus on the list of changes that will make UWGB a “5.0” on the next year’s rating scale.”

LGBT event draws human service professionals to one-day workshop

mealy-topMore than one hundred participants representing Northeast Wisconsin long-term care agencies, advocacy, and human service organizations attended a showing of the critically acclaimed documentary “Gen Silent” in the Phoenix Rooms at UW-Green Bay last Friday. The film presentation was a central element of a free training session, “Aging in the LGBT Community and Addressing Resident Relationships.” The event, co-sponsored by the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Brown County and the UW Green Bay Pride Center, focused on the unique life experiences of LGBT older adults and the importance of honoring rights of LGBT individuals. Stacie Christian, UW Green Bay Diversity Coordinator, represented UW-Green Bay in hosting the event. UW Green Bay/Oshkosh Collaborative Master of Social Work graduate ADRC employee Sheri Mealy (at lectern in photo), organized the well-received event. Featured speakers included Kathy Flores, diversity coordinator for the city of Appleton, and Julie Button and Amy Panosh, ombudsmen with the State Board on Aging and Long-term Care.

Take Pride: LGBTQ Center gets new name

Our friends at the (now former) LGBTQ Resource Center are proud to announce they’ve changed the name of the space to the Pride Center. Interim Diversity Director Stacie Christian tells us this is part of a naming trend among colleges and universities looking to be more inclusive for all individuals who identify as gender minorities. She invites the campus community to stop by the Pride Center, Room 150 in the University Union (next to the Christie Theatre) and say hello!

And speaking of Pride: SAFE Ally trainings coming up
The Pride Center is hosting one more Level 1 and two more Level 2 SAFE Ally trainings this semester. The Level 1 training will be held from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 and the Level 2 trainings will be held from 1-3 p.m. Monday, March 31 and 9-11 a.m. Friday, April 25. Participants will receive up-to-date information on gender minority topics and will learn what it means to be affirming and supporting for those who identify as gender minorities. To register, please contact Stacie Christian at christis@uwgb.edu.

LGBTQ Resource Center plans spaghetti scholarship fundraiser

The LGBTQ Resource Center is holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for the UW-Green Bay LGBTQ Resource Center Scholarship fund on Wednesday, March 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mauthe Center. UW-Green Bay students and employees, allies, friends and the public are invited. Both vegan and meat options will be available for the meal that will include a spaghetti plate, salad, garlic bread, beverage and bars and cookies (including vegan). The cost is $5 per person, and tickets can be bought in advance or at the door. All proceeds go to the scholarship fund. Donations of bars and cookies will be warmly accepted! For more information call the Center at 465-2167. (Following the meal will be a games night… Bring your favorite game!)

Reminder — program cancellation: The LGBTQ Resource Center’s guest panel, the “Healthy Relationships: You Deserve the Best” event scheduled for Wednesday evening (March 5) in the Christie Theatre has been cancelled.
 

Reminder on LGBTQ, inequality, SAFE Ally events this week

Wednesday, Feb. 19 — The LGBTQ Resource Center is sponsoring a Transgender Guest Panel from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Christie Theatre, followed by an open house with cake and refreshments in the LGBTQ Resource Center.


Wednesday, Feb. 19 — The American Intercultural Center and the Dean of Students are sponsoring the screening of the award-winning film “Inequality for All” from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Christie Theatre. The 2013 documentary features former U.S. cabinet secretary Robert Reich sharing his views on what he says is the nation’s most pressing problem: a widening economic gap.


Friday, Feb. 21 — SAFE Ally training will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. in the LGBTQ Resource Center, adjacent to the AIC. To register for this class, and to inquire about others including the new Level 2 class, please contact director Stacie Christian at ChristiS@uwgb.edu.

Upcoming events: Transgender panel, Reich’s ‘Inequality for All,’ Ally training

Three events of possible interest during February are:
* Wednesday, Feb. 19 — The LGBTQ Resource Center is sponsoring a Transgender Guest Panel from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Christie Theatre, followed by an open house with cake and refreshments in the LGBTQ Resource Center.
* Wednesday, Feb. 19 — The American Intercultural Center and the Dean of Students are sponsoring the screening of the award-winning film “Inequality for All” from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Christie Theatre. The 2013 documentary features former U.S. cabinet secretary Robert Reich sharing his views on what he says is the nation’s most pressing problem: a widening economic gap.
* Friday, Feb. 21 — SAFE Ally training will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. in the LGBTQ Resource Center, adjacent to the AIC. To register for this class, and to inquire about others including the new Level 2 class, please contact director Stacie Christian.

Reminder: Friday’s Gerontology program looks at issues for LGBT elders

Stacie Christian, the University’s interim diversity director who teaches in Human Development and was previously executive director of nursing homes in Green Bay and Kewaunee and director of outpatient services for the Bellin Health Psychiatric Center, is the featured speaker this Friday (Nov. 1) at the Gerontology Brown Bag. Her presentation in the Union’s Christie Theatre will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In collaboration with the LGBTQ Resource Center, the Gerontology Center is screening the “Gen Silent” video that addresses LGBT elders who have lived closeted lives and experience conflict as they need nursing home assistance. Admission is free and open to all

Next Gerontology program looks at LGBTQ issues for older Americans

The Gerontology Center and the LGBTQ Resource Center are providing the opportunity for discussion of the “Gen Silent” video that is being used to enhance the classroom experience and understanding of the issues experienced by older people who are LGBT. The discussion highlights LGBT elders who have lived closeted lives, and who now experience conflict as they need nursing home assistance. Says Prof. Dean VonDras of Human Development, “Come join us in this discussion led by Gerontology Center member Stacie Christian, interim diversity director for the American Intercultural Center and the LGBT Resource Center, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 in the Christie Theatre.” The UW-Green Bay Gerontology Center brown-bag discussions are intended to provide opportunities for students, faculty, and others in the community interested in gerontology to exchange ideas and information. Everyone is welcomed to attend!

SAFE Ally session is added

Due to popular demand, a third SAFE Ally class has been made available this semester. SAFE Ally training provides the knowledge and tools for individuals to provide supportive environments for LGBTQ individuals. Another class has opened for Friday, Oct. 25, for 9 to 11 a.m. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Stacie Christian, interim diversity director, at christis@uwgb.edu.