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Whether you're a prospective student or employee exploring the climate at the University of Denver, or you've been part of the DU family for years, this site provides an easy-to-remember web address and centralized source for all sorts of information for our LGBTIQ & Ally classmates, colleagues, friends and larger community.
We invite you to EXPLORE information via the links at right and the tabs above, to SHARE this resource with others, and to SUGGEST needed topics and good resources we can add here. Email us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on image at left to view our Fall 2016 flyer. (It's a quick distillation of same info scattered throughout this site.)
Events & Info
Mark your calendars:
- Our fall welcome events are:
- Sweet Treat Meet & Greet (cupcake mixer): Wednesday, 9/14, 11am-1pm, in Driscoll Underground | Facebook | no RSVP required
- Welcome Back BB"Q": Tuesday, 9/20, 5-7pm at Leo Block Alumni center | Facebook | RSVP here
- Grad Student Gathering: Tuesday, 9/27, 4-6pm in the new CME Grad Success Suite (3rd floor, Driscoll North). Facebook
- Queer Student Alliance (QSA) will meet Thursdays at 7:30pm this fall (NOTE TIME CHANGE from original posting), in JMAC (res hall) 141 classroom. Facebook | email | listserv
- The HomeComing Out reception will be Saturday, 10/15, 3.30-5pm, location TBA.
For other local events, Out Front has a community calendar.
LGBTQIA Support and Empowerment Group
DU HCC is offering a support and psychoeducational group for students who are navigating sexual and/or gender identity development and acceptance. Students who identify as bisexual, gay, lesbian, queer, questioning, transgender, or any other personally meaningful term are all welcome to this group. The focus is on establishing positive connections with others and exploring the process of integrating one’s sexual and gender identities in authentic, self-affirming ways. Offered weekly on Mondays, 3-4:30pm in the Health & Counseling Center. Facilitated by Erin Unkefer, PhD. Call 303-871-2205 to make a group screen appointment.
Pronouns and Why They Matter
This fall orientation, students were invited to mark their Discoveries nametags with stickers indicating the pronouns that others should use when talking with or about them. She/her/hers and he/him/his are the most commonly used English pronouns; however, a person may be better represented by other pronouns such as they/them, ze/hir, or even want no pronouns at all--just their name used instead.
Like calling someone the wrong first name, referring to someone using the wrong pronoun can suggest you feel that person is unimportant, unrespected and unwelcome. And, since we can't always tell or assume someone's gender or pronouns just by looking at or listening to them, knowing and using the accurate pronoun for others helps us to avoid making embarrassing mistakes, as well as to cultivate an inclusive campus environment that respects all identities.
So, please display your pronouns proudly, AND use the ones helpfully indicated on others' nametags! (And stay tuned for other improved self-identification options rolling out through the coming year across campus...)
Here are few additional resources on the why and how of engaging people, including their pronouns, accurately: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee pronoun reference guide, Michigan State University pronoun guide, Amnesty Int'l pronoun nametags, Bryn Mawr, and Gay Straight Alliance for Safe Schools
NOTE: Several of these publications still describe "preferred gender pronouns" or "PGPs"; however, it is increasingly common NOT to tag pronouns as "preferred." "Preference" suggests the user has the option to ignore the request, as it's just a suggestion, not important (like preference for one flavor over another). How we call and describe others deserves not to be taken so lightly. Your name and pronouns are your name and pronouns.
Information for and about our growing Transgender/beyond-the-binary community, including our Trans on Campus Summary for students and other resources, are under the Trans tab!
Pio Hello to new staff member!
We're excited to welcome Jasmine Pulce, as the new CME Ast Director for Affinity Group Support. Based in Driscoll Underground (North 018), Jasmine will work with our undergraduate Student Alliances (including QSA) to strengthen and expand leadership, programming and services. She is a native of Louisville, Kentucky; and earned her BS in Kinesiology from the University of Kentucky and her MEd in Higher Education from the University of North Texas. Before joining DU, Jasmine served in various programming roles supporting underrepresented student groups and providing health education. She identifies as a queer woman of color and looks forward to connecting with our DU LGBTIQA communities. Stay tuned for more details on her projects, but don't wait to say "hello" to our new colleague and community member!
#OneDU with Orlando
Thanks to the nearly 150 Pios who joined us for our 6/13 Solidarity Silence & Shout for Orlando, despite the weather and late notice.
- You can still complete an action pledge (PDF) and post a picture to social media. Use hashtags #IwillDUmore and #OneDU, and share on our Facebook event.
- resources around the event: Director's comments (PDF) | DU Health & Counseling | DU Employee Assistance
- media coverage (as available): DU News initial story, event coverage, Facebook | Fox31 | NBC9 | CBS4 | DU Clarion
Give input on future LGBTIQ&Ally services! Thanks to everyone who attended our 2/2016 Town Hall and provided input on how DU can better serve, and reference, our communities. COULDN'T ATTEND? Please REVIEW the slideshow (PDF) and feedback (PDF), AND SHARE your thoughts via a brief survey.
Faculty/Instructors: Please email us brief blurbs on your upcoming LGBTIQ&A-related courses. Check past list on Resources tab for info we need.
Students: We list a number of local and national SCHOLARSHIPS on our Resources tab.
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