The American Intercultural Center is extending an invitation to attend ‘You Have the Power to Rise — Rise Up,’ the 2015 UW-Green Bay Ally Conference taking place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at locations in Theatre Hall, MAC Hall and the Weidner Center. The conference will approach issues of diversity, social justice, access and equality, and provide a safe environment to celebrate diversity and the talents within all populations. This event is free to UW-Green Bay students. Keynote speaker for the evening dinner at the Weidner Center is Civil Rights activist Sheyann Webb-Christburg, the youngest participant (8 years old) in the “Bloody Sunday” march at Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7, 1965. Registrations are requested by Oct. 12. For more information and to register.
The Oct. 24 diversity and equality conference at UW-Green Bay will feature presentations by a good many faculty and staff members of the University. As of this date, presenters include: Christin DePouw, Education; Joel Muraco, Human Development; Kristin Vespia, Human Development; Pao Lor, Education; Stacie Christian, Human Development; Kristy Aoki, Office of International Education; Jemma Lund, Office of International Education; Justin Mallett, American Intercultural Center; Mai Lo Lee, American Intercultural Center; Crystal Lepscier, American Intercultural Center; and Jeff Willems, Residence Life.
The Pride Center is holding an open house this Thursday, Sept. 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. The center is located on the lower level of the University Union next to the Christie Theatre. The event will provide a meet-and-greet atmosphere for students and employees who would like to know more about the Campus Cupboard, the Residence Life safe and inclusive housing (SAIL); SAGA; student social groups for transgender students (Trans*), asexual and a-romantic students and allies (ACE), bisexual and pansexual students and allies (BI/PAN); the Pride Center book club, library, educational programs and events, classroom instruction, SAFE Ally level 1 and 2 training, the Pride Center Employee Resource Group (ERG) and more. Everyone is welcome!
The next SAFE Ally Level 1 training will be conducted by Pride Center intern Amy VanAble this Friday (Sept. 18) from 8 to 10 a.m. As of this writing, there are four more seats available. “If you are interested in completing this training with a Pride Center student educator who provides an excellent student viewpoint, this is a great time to enroll.” Please contact Stacie Christian to enroll, or to inquire about other SAFE Ally level 1 and level 2 opportunities.
SAFE Ally training is a great way for students and employees to keep current on how to be allies for LGBTQ. This training is available for both individual and department professional development. To RSVP for the next SAFE Ally training on Monday, Jan. 26, e-mail Stacie Christian. Level 1 starts at 8 a.m. and Level 2 starts at 10 a.m. Check out the Pride Center website for the complete SAFE Ally training schedule for spring 2015.
The Pride Center is offering SAFE Ally Level 2 training this Friday, May 23, from 9-11 am. There are still some available seats in this class. Anyone who has completed SAFE Ally training Level 1 can enroll in Level 2. The Level 2 training focuses on web sites that can enhance the allies’ ability to locate resources or to refer someone for assistance in LGBTQ topics. For more information, please contact Stacie Christian.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.