The Office of LGBT Life had a busy and exciting spring semester, filled with several events. In particular, the Office hosted three networking nights as part of the “Out in…” series. Designed to connect LGBTQ students with out faculty, staff, and professionals in their fields of interest, the “Out in…” series has grown this year to include multiple campus sponsors and collaborators.
First, on February 23rd, the Office partnered with the Career Center to host Out in Healthcare. Held in the School of Medicine, students pursuing or thinking of pursuing careers in healthcare were able to connect with faculty, professionals, and alumni in medicine, public health, nursing, and allied health to discuss the advantages and challenges of being out in their respective fields. Additionally, students were able to connect with one another across year and school to form a broader LGBTQ healthcare community.
In April, the Office coordinated back-to-back networking events with Out in Law and Out in Business. Student organization OUTLaw helped secure space, and Office of LGBT Life Advisory Committee member Tim Holbrook invited members of the Stonewall Bar Association to network with current and prospective law students to discuss degrees of acceptance in various law fields. Later that same week, the Goizueta Business School and the Career Center collaborated with the Office to host the Out in Business networking night and panel. Office of LGBT Life Advisory Committee member Sei Yoshioka-Cefalo worked with the Office to secure a diverse panel of current and former Goizueta students, including GALA members Renee Weese 02EMBA and Markbradley Kitay 14B, to discuss the topics of coming out in different business settings and the challenges and advantages of being out in applications, interviews, and the workplace. Many thanks to all of the alumni who helped make this year’s “Out in…” series a success!
In March, the Office celebrated the 23rd Annual Pride Awards at the Miller-Ward Alumni House. Office of LGBT Life Advisory Committee members recognized this year’s winners who included students, alumni, organizations, and faculty members who represent the Office’s mission of creating an affirming and just campus environment. Awards included the Outstanding Transgender Advocate Award, Outstanding Ally of the Year Award, Chesnut LGBT Person of the Year Award, Fierce Leadership Award, Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe Keeping the Faith Award, and the GALA Leadership Award. The Alum of the Year was GALA’s own Malcolm Bruni, 92C. In addition to the award winners, student leaders who received support from the J. Michael Aycock Leadership Development Fund and D. Daniel D. Adame Student Leadership Fund were recognized. Finally, 2015 graduates were recognized for their academic achievements with lavender diplomas and rainbow graduation cords. Congratulations to our award winners and our graduates!
Finally, the spring semester ended with the announcement that Danielle Steele, current Interim Director of the Office of LGBT Life, has also assumed the role of Interim Director of the Center for Women at Emory. In this joint role, Danielle will continue to strengthen the programs and lead strategic planning efforts for both the Office of LGBT Life and the Center for Women.
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!