2016 has already been a busy year here in the Office of LGBT Life! Interim Director Danielle Steele and our student staff began the new semester with more of our regular programming, including our Safe Space training and queer discussion groups. We now host five discussion groups, including Trans-forming Gender, Queer Men, Bisexual/Pansexual, Queer & Asian, and Black & Queer. You can read more about our discussion groups here.
The Office of LGBT Life has also been involved in a lot of special events this year. One of the most special has been the 2016 Creating Change conference. A group of 11 Emory students boarded a flight to Chicago on January 20th to attend Creating Change. We spent five days at the conference meeting other college activists, networking with LGBT employers, and attending sessions on a variety of queer topics. Many of us particularly enjoyed the plenary lecture this year, which featured Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, and Charlene Carruthers in a conversation about black feminism. The experience was truly humbling. We returned to Emory refreshed and ready to commit to another year of activism within our communities.
In the weeks following Creating Change, we have been working hard to prepare for the Pride Awards. The recipients of the awards are students, alumni, staff, and faculty members who represent the Office of LGBT Life’s mission of creating an affirming and just campus environment. The awards will be presented at the 24th Annual Pride Awards on March 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the Miller-Ward Alumni House here at Emory University. Awards include the Outstanding Transgender Advocate Award, Outstanding Ally of the Year Award, Chesnut LGBT Person of the Year Award, Fierce Leadership Award, Alum of the Year Award, Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe Keeping the Faith Award, and the GALA Leadership Award. The event is free and open to the public. Returning alumni and graduating students are welcome to a special pre-Pride Awards reception starting at 5:30 p.m. Please register here.
Later this spring, the Office of LGBT Life looks forward to hosting a series of programs on being out in the workplace. The tentative date for Out in Law is March 31st, and the tentative date for Out in Business is April 14th. Please let us know if you would like to be a part of either program.
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. You can also keep up-to-date with our activities through our Facebook and Instagram pages. Thank you!