Update from Office of LGBT Life

It may only be February, but 2017 has already proven to be a busy year for Emory’s Office of LGBT Life!

Emory OUTLaw hosted their “State of the Union” Conference on January 14, and the Office of LGBT Life played a large role in its success. Danielle Bruce Steele— Director of the Office of LGBT Life— spoke on a conference panel considering discrimination policy under a Trump administration. The conference ended with closing remarks made by Michael Shutt, former Director of the Office. Student Victoria Alarcon also tabled for the Office throughout the event.

The next weekend in January included another queer conference, as 10 Emory students and 5 Emory staff members flew to Philadelphia for the National LGBTQ Task Force “Creating Change” Conference. Our group attended sessions on campus activism, participated in the Philadelphia Women’s March, and ate Big Gay Ice Cream.

On January 25, the Office of LGBT Life joined forces with the Office of Multicultural Programs & Services, Emory Study Abroad, and the Black Student Alliance to produce a panel titled, “Broadening Horizons: Underrepresented Student Experiences Studying Abroad.” Diverse students came together to learn about navigating their gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, and much more while studying abroad.

Looking forward, we would like to invite all alumni to come together once more in celebration of everybody’s favorite event: Emory’s 2017 Pride Awards! The Office of LGBT Life’s Annual Pride Awards will take place on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at 6:30 PM in the Miller-Ward Alumni House. Join us as we showcase the great work students, staff, faculty, and alums do behind the scenes for LGBT equality on Emory’s campus and on behalf of the Emory community, and commemorate the campus-wide protest that took place on March 2, 1992. Student leaders are awarded scholarships to acknowledge the work they do and to enable them to continue working toward equity, while graduating students are honored for their contributions in the Lavender Graduation. RSVP at tinyurl.com/annualprideawards. To learn more about The Annual Pride Awards visit the Office of LGBT Life in DUC E232 or here.

As always, Director Danielle Bruce Steele and Emory’s Office of LGBT Life would like to extend their thanks to GALA for continuing to support the work we do within the community. We would never be able to have such successful programming without your help! Please contact Danielle Bruce Steele at dmsteel@emory.edu 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 page.

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