The Office of LGBT Life started the 2014 fall semester with a couple of significant changes in the staffing of the office. First, former Director of the office, Michael Shutt, was appointed Interim Senior Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion where he now oversees the Office of LGBT Life, the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, the Office of International Student Life, and the Center for Women at Emory. Stepping into the Interim Director role is former Assistant Director of the office, Danielle Steele. Entering her fifth year with the Office, she is excited for a new role and new relationships with alumni!
Over 75 faculty, staff, students, and alumni walked together in the annual Atlanta Pride Parade in October. Decked out in Dooley-inspired Pride shirts, members of the Emory community cheered and chanted their way through downtown in Atlanta, led by Emory’s own Honorary Grand Marshal, Michael Shutt. You can read more about Michael’s honor here.
Capitalizing on the success of the Out @ Emory webpage, the Office of LGBT Life hosted a launch event for individuals listed on the page as of October 8th. Faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are out on campus received shirts in a rainbow of colors, shared lunch, and posed for pictures with one another. If you would like to be listed on the Out @ Emory page, you can submit your information here.
Fall would not be complete without Emory Pride’s Annual Drag Show. Hosted on Halloween in the Glenn Memorial Auditorium, twelve student groups performed with over 500 people in attendance. Emory Pride raised over $1,700 with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Georgia Equality Clinic. Special thanks to alumnus Scot Seitz 09C for judging a spectacular competition! You can watch videos of the performances at the Office’s YouTube page.
The Office’s Queer Discussion Groups are off to a strong start with five groups meeting weekly, Monday through Friday in the Office. The groups include Queer & Asian, Queer Students of Color, Queer Men, Transforming Gender, and Bisexual/Pansexual Discussion Group. In addition to these groups, the Office of LGBT Life is also advising two grassroots student groups: Queer Christians and BlackOUT, a group for queer Black and African American students. Over the last five years, the Office has provided advising, space, and monetary support for other new and developing student groups. This enables students to explore the level of interest before seeking formal charters through the Student Government Association.
Mark your calendars for the 23rd Annual Pride Awards at the Miller Ward Alumni House on March 5, 2015!
As always, alumni involvement continues to benefit our students. Contact Danielle Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in being more involved with the Office of LGBT Life. Thank you!