LGBTQ students in the Green Bay Campus Pride Center

UW-Green Bay expands LGBTQ+ services to Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses

Services are made possible by generous funding support from the LaForce Family Foundation

Green Bay, Wis.— The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is announcing the expansion of its Campus Pride Center—currently located at the Green Bay Campus and the Community LGBT Center at Marinette, to both its Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campus locations.

The Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campuses are opening Pride (LGBTQ+) Centers that will be staffed by interns 10 hours per week. The staffing of the interns is made possible by generous funding support from the LaForce Family Foundation. Pride Center interns will provide social support and resources for LGBTQ+ students, their families and allies, and will collaborate with local LGBTQ+ community organizations on Pride events and initiatives.

“The ability to bring such a resource to our campus is a collaboration between our Green Bay Campus Pride Center, community organizations and the generosity of the LaForce Family Foundation,” said Manitowoc and Sheboygan Campus CEO Jamie Schramm. “Community collaboration is an important aspect of any successful modern university. Our faculty member Thomas Campbell was engaged with local community organizations and asked the question, ‘Is this possible?’ It was imperative for those of us in leadership positions to remove any roadblocks to this initiative and ensure our campuses and communities represent a diverse and wide-ranging set of perspectives.”

In addition, the Pride Center will place an intern 10 hours a week at the Kress Center on the Green Bay Campus. The focus of this internship is to develop the new LGBTQ+ student-athlete ally group which provides support, resources and events centered on student-athletes.

UW-Green Bay leaders anticipate that the expansion of services will fill a community need, based on its tremendous response in Marinette and Green Bay.

“Since its opening in 2017, the Marinette Campus Community LGBT Center has been working to enhance and sustain the lives of LGBT people in our community through resources, support, information and a safe and inclusive space,” said Marinette Campus CEO Cindy Bailey. “We are the only community resource center available to serve Marinette, Menominee and Oconto Counties, and during our short time, we have seen a large number of individuals and family members come through our doors and attend our events to find themselves accepted and part of a greater community.”

Each of these interns will help with SAFE Ally training, social support groups, classroom and community education, and leadership within the Pride Center youth camps that occur year-round.

The Pride Center is currently in the process of interviewing students for the eight La Force Foundation intern positions. Interns have been selected for the Sheboygan and Kress locations. Students who are interested in applying should contact Stacie Christian, Ph.D. at christis@uwgb.edu.

About UW-Green Bay
Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 95,000 continuing education learners each year. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest-growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Clubs, bars played crucial role in supporting Wisconsin’s LGBTQ communities

Justis Tenpenny is working with the UW-Green Bay to establish a Northeast Wisconsin LGBTQ History Archive to collect some of the history project’s memorabilia from gay bars and clubs, like t-shirts and detailed histories of various LGBTQ bars and support groups that were active over recent decades.

Source: Clubs, bars played crucial role in supporting Wisconsin’s LGBTQ communities, Green Bay Press-Gazette

Hallowqueen 3 online drag show is Oct. 30

The Hallowqueen 3 Drag Show with MC Vivian Storm is on Zoom Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. No fee to attend, but performers Mama J, Freddie Fahrenheit, Jarica, Shimmering Saphire, and Boston Cream Pie will accept online tips for their performances! Families, students, and Green Bay community members can learn about drag and enjoy the performances. This event is hosted by the Pride Center and Good Times Programming. Join the event, here.

UWGB among the best LGBTQ-friendly colleges & universities | 1330 & 101.5 WHBL

(WHBL) – UW-Green Bay has been recognized by Campus Pride as one of the best LGBTQ-Friendly colleges and universities. The list was released Friday as part of LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day.  The list uses an index which includes institutional support and exemplary commitment to LGBTQ-inclusion in policy, program and practice. The Director of the University’s Pride Center, Stacie Christian, said students have had internship opportunities to advocate for policy change, to lead in Pride youth leadership and history camps, and to educate about LGBTQ+ concerns. But most importantly, Christian says, the campus recognizes the opportunity to continue to grow in its own learning and understanding of the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals and how to better serve those persons and the communities in the future.

Source: UWGB Among the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities | 1330 & 101.5 WHBL

UW-Green Bay named Top 40 Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges & Universities

Green Bay, Wis.—Campus Pride commemorated LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out Day this week, with the release of its 2020 BEST OF THE BEST LGBTQ-Friendly listing of colleges and universities. UW-Green Bay was among the Top 40 and one of the best in the Midwest Region based on an index which includes institutional support and exemplary commitment to LGBTQ-inclusion in policy, program and practice.

“UW-Green Bay recognizes that student success occurs when students are provided experiences that support them both now, and in the future,” says Stacie Christian, director of inclusive excellence and UW-Green Bay’s Pride center. “Being selected as a one of the Campus Pride 2020 Best of the Best College & Universities is important because it provides recognition of the effort that many have put into making UWGB more inclusive of individuals who are LGBTQ+. Students can select the name and pronouns they wish to use, they can attend events that support their interests and values, they can talk to professors about how to make courses more inclusive, they can meet each other within safe and  inclusive living housing (SAIL), or in the Pride Center, or for now, in online chatrooms where they feel safe.”

For nearly two decades, Campus Pride has advocated and supported college and university campuses to improve LGBTQ campus life and change institutional policies, programs and practices,” according to the Campus Pride press release. The Campus Pride Index (CPI), located at www.CampusPrideIndex.org, provides a benchmarking tool to assess LGBTQ-inclusion efforts from academics, to student life, to housing, to recruitment and retention activities. The full listing may be found online: www.CampusPride.org/2020BESTOFTHEBEST.

Christian said that UW-Green Bay students, through the Pride Center, have had internship opportunities to advocate in the community for policy change, to lead in Pride youth leadership and history camps, and to educate about LGBTQ+ concerns in health care, academic arenas, municipalities, businesses, and non-profits.

“But more importantly, the campus recognizes the opportunity to continue to grow in its own learning and understanding of the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals, and where we will go from here to continue to serve LGBTQ+ and our communities,” Christian said.

This year Campus Pride highlighted colleges and universities by region. Campus Pride works with more than 1,400 colleges and universities annually to improve the quality of campus life for LGBTQ people and to create safer, more inclusive campus communities.

The 2020 BEST OF THE BEST College & University listing is based on the data provided annually through the CPI related to policies, programs and practice. The research is analyzed by the Campus Pride research team using the proven CPI LGBTQ-Friendly factors and knowledge of the LGBTQ higher education landscape.

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LGBTQ students in the Green Bay Campus Pride Center

UW-Green Bay named 2020 Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges

Campus Pride IndexAnnounced just today (Oct. 13, 2020), UW-Green Bay was once again named among the 2020 Best of the Best LGBTQ-Friendly listing of colleges and universities. The announcement features 40 campuses from six regions of the country which are deeply committed to LGBTQ students and rate the highest for LGBTQ-inclusion in policy, program and practice. The full listing may be found online. UW-Green Bay received five out of five stars on the Campus Pride Index.

Inclusivity and Equity Level 1 Foundations 1 & 2 Training

Inclusivity and Equity Level 1 Foundations 1 & 2; and Level 2 training is occurring several times this academic year. To inquire about how to earn a Level 1 or 2 Inclusivity and Equity Certificate, or to submit a request to be invited to Level 1 Foundations 1 & 2 training, or Level 2 training, please complete a short Qualtrics survey and Stacie Christian, Ph.D., Director of Inclusive Excellence and Pride Center, will respond to your survey inquiries. Or, you can contact Stacie at christis@uwgb.edu.

High School Fall Pride

High School Fall Pride Camp

New youth programs being offered for fall include free High School Fall Pride Camp, designed to celebrate the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community through history, art, music and media. Students will focus on how to become positive leaders. There will also be a Parent Fall Pride Discussion on Tuesday, October 6. Fall in love with learning.

High School Fall Pride Camp
Oct. 8-29
4 Weekly Sessions | New Content Every Week
Free
Grades 9-12

New fall youth camps – Middle School Fall Pride Camp

Fall in Love with Learning. New youth programs being offered for fall include free Middle School Fall Pride Camp, designed to celebrate the diversity within the LGBTQ+ community through history, art, music and media. Students will make new connections and enhance their advocacy and leadership skills. Developed by Stacie Christian, Ph.D. a pioneer in inclusivity, and taught by UW-Green Bay instructors.

Middle School Fall Pride Camp
Oct. 6-27
4 Weekly Sessions | New Content Every Week
Free
Grades 6-9