Category Archives: Office of LGBT Life

Update from the Office of LGBT Life

LGBTLifeAfter a busy spring semester, the Office of LGBT Life spent most of the summer resting and planning for the upcoming fall semester. In June, the Office had the unexpected, but much welcomed, task of celebrating the marriage equality decision by the Supreme Court of the United States. Emory community members from all around campus joined the Interim Director of the Office, Danielle Steele, in a toast to marriage equality, complete with rainbow cake! The Emory Report was on hand to take pictures and do a write-up of the festivities. Their report, which was posted on the official Emory University Facebook page, can be found here.

The Office of LGBT Life was also pleasantly surprised and honored to be named by eCollegeFinder.com as the most LGBT friendly university in the state of Georgia. This honor led to an interview of Danielle by WABE, Atlanta’s NPR station, in which she briefly spoke of the establishment of the Office of LGBT Life in 1991 and of the programs currently offered to Emory students. The interview can be found here.

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Staff of the Office of LGBT Life as well as numerous staff members from the Center for Diversity and Inclusion recently served as trainers for Creating Emory, Emory’s first year orientation program. Focusing on diversity, inclusion, values clarification, and sexual assault prevention, trainers completed several trainings in preparation to discuss these issues at length with current Resident Advisors and Orientation Leaders. These RAs and OLs will now have a series of conversations with each student of the incoming class about the Emory community of care we hope to create. Assistant Director of Regional Volunteer Programs and Emory Alumni Association’s Liaison to GALA, Latasia Woods, partnered with Danielle to train 17 Resident Advisors and Orientation Leaders. We look forward to a healthier, more informed, and more empowered Class of 2019!

This fall, the Office of LGBT Life staff will welcome two new graduate students and four undergraduate students to the team. Stay tuned to learn about all the great programs and projects they bring to campus this semester! The Office of LGBT Life has also welcomed five new Safe Space facilitators from across campus to facilitate this cornerstone program. We thank them for volunteering their time, skills, and knowledge to make Emory a safer campus for LGBT students, faculty, and staff!

Finally, we already have one event on the calendar for the fall semester. In collaboration with the Career Center and sponsored by Macy’s, the Office of LGBT Life is happy to announce the Out at Work Panel on October 26th at 6:30pm. We will welcome alumni from a variety of fields to chat with current students about the opportunities and challenges of being out in interviews, during internships, and at workplaces.If you have interest in being on the panel, please let Danielle know!

As always, alumni involvement continues to benefit our students. Contact Danielle Steele at dmsteel@emory.edu if you are interested in being more involved with the Office of LGBT Life. Thank you!

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Update from the Office of LGBT Life

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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 dmsteel@emory.edu if you are interested in being more involved with the Office of LGBT Life.  Thank you!

Update from the Office of LGBT Life

new emory safe space logoThe Office of LGBT Life has had a long and productive winter. On November 20th, the Office hosted the second annual Transgender Day of Remembrance memorial service at Emory, an occasion that marks and mourns victims of transphobic violence over the last year. We were especially grateful for the opportunity to expand the event this year to include participation from the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life, Glenn United Methodist Church, and Reconciling Ministries. Speakers from these organizations pledged to help make their faith communities more accepting of their transgender and gender non-conforming congregants.

After the winter break, we officially announced the rebranding of our Safe Space program at our Safe Space Open House on January 21st. The Safe Space curriculum has undergone several changes over the last twenty years to include the latest information on new laws and policies along with updated information about trans* identities. In the last year, too, we have expanded the Safe Space program to Oxford College with the help of new facilitators. To reflect these changes, we released an updated Safe Space logo with a more modern design. We are offering stickers bearing the new logo to anyone who has been trained in 2010 or later.

With generous support from the J. Michael Aycock Leadership Development Fund, six of our students were able to travel to Denver to participate in the National LGBTQ Task Force’s annual Creating Change Conference in Denver from February 4th to February 8th. At the conference, our students were able to attend workshops and plenary sessions to help them grow as advocates and campus leaders. One of our alumni, Dohyun Ahn, presented a session and another, Jake Miles Joseph, served on the host committee for the conference.

We have also been planning an amazing spring full of events and networking opportunities. On February 23rd at 7 PM, we will host our Out in Healthcare Networking Night in the School of Medicine Lobby. We are encouraging students and alumni to attend the 23rd Annual Pride Awards at the Miller-Ward Alumni House on March 3rdat 6:30 PM. And on April 16th at 6 PM in room Dolive 500 of the Goziueta Business School, we will host an Out in Business Panel and LGBTQ Networking Night in conjunction with the Career Center and the Goizueta Business School. An Out in Law event is also in the works. Alumni can RSVP for any and all of these events by visiting lgbt.emory.edu and looking under “Quick Links.”

As always, alumni involvement continues to benefit our students. Contact Danielle Steele at dmsteel@emory.edu if you are interested in being more involved with the Office of LGBT Life. Thank you!

Updates from the Office of LGBT Life

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!

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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.

Participants were stylin'!

Participants were stylin’!

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 dmsteel@emory.edu if you are interested in being more involved with the Office of LGBT Life.  Thank you!

Update from the Office of LGBT Life

The 2013-14 academic year ended with an amazing cohort of LGBT students graduating from Emory. The next stop on their journeys includes graduate schools, residencies, Teach for America, law school, medical school, and a wide range of professional careers. Graduation also brought another accolade to Dohyun Ahn 14C, the 2012-13 GALA Leadership Award Recipient. Dohyun received the Boisfeuillet Jones Medal for his “good citizenship, outstanding leadership, devoted service to Emory and the community, academic performance, and potential to become a ‘Change Agent’ in their chosen profession and society at large.” Many other LGBT leaders on campus were inducted into the Emory Alumni Association’s 2014 100 Student Honorary.

This summer the Office of LGBT Life hosted two interns. Christian Harrison was a graduate student from Colorado State University. Christian spent the summer developing the curriculum and facilitator training materials for the Office’s new Q-Tips program. In addition, Christian worked on additional resources for transgender students. Scott Brown was a graduate student from the University of Georgia. Scott coordinated documents and other measures of evidence for the Office of LGBT Life’s upcoming internal review. He also developed a process for the internal review team to utilize the Council on the Advance of Standards of Higher Education.

office lgbtExciting Developments for the New Academic Year

The Office of LGBT Life will launch a new series of educational programs call Q-Tips this fall. These peer-led programs will provide education to students and staff in campus groups and departments,in small, more accessible workshop format, focused on increasing awareness and knowledge of gender and sexuality. Q-Tips will also provide student facilitators (Q-Leaders) with opportunities to increase their own facilitation skills.

The Office is also supporting the development of two new student groups for African American and Christian students with LGBT identities. 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. Other groups supported by the Office include Queer and Asian, Transforming Emory, and LGBTQ Muslim Students of Emory.

support lgbt life @emoryThe Office of LGBT Life will also work this year to complete its professional development programming on campus. This year the “OUT In…” series will be complete with the launch of OUT in Business in the spring of 2015. This program will bring together alumni with undergraduate and graduate students for an evening of networking. Other programs in this series include OUT@Work, Out in Healthcare, Out in Law, and Out in Faith. If you are interested in hosting one of these evening networking events, please contact Dr. Michael Shutt at mshutt@emory.edu.

The Director of the Office of LGBT Life, Dr. Michael Shutt, will be taking on additional responsibilities for the 2014-15 academic year. Shutt was named Interim Sr. Director for the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and was charged with bringing together the Center for Women, Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, Office of International Student Life, and Office of LGBT Life into a new center. This reorganization will enable all of these offices to work more collaboratively to meet the needs of all students.

As always, Alumni involvement continues to benefit our students. Contact Michael Shutt at mshutt@emory.edu if you are interested in hosting the OUT in Law, OUT in Business, OUT in Faith, and/or OUT in Health Networking Nights during the 2014-15 academic year!

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