Gender and Sexuality Inclusiveness
Gender and Sexuality Inclusiveness:
During the past year, the Wellness Resource Center has taken a lead role in contributing to a growing atmosphere of enthusiastic acceptance and support of diversity on campus and in the greater Temple community, specifically with regard to sexuality and gender identity. While the following four programs stand out as unique ways of engaging community with regard to gender and sexuality inclusion, we look forward to growing in our programmatic work and furthering our advocacy on LGBTQIA+ issues throughout the rest of Temple’s community in the coming years.
Safe Zone Ally Training, which is facilitated in collaboration with Residential Life, is a workshop training that educates faculty, professional staff, students, and student organizations to be allies to LGBTQIA individuals on campus. Allies are trained to be advocates who provide education and support on a variety of issues faced by LGBTQIA-identified individuals.
Queer Lunch, initiated in 2014, is a monthly event designed to bring Temple community members together to discuss LGBTQIA-related topics. Designed and managed by the Queer Lunch Committee, this program invites participants to have courageous conversations in a safe and welcoming space. The lunch also serves as a means to reconnect with Safe Zone Allies.
Last year, we facilitated some dynamic conversations addressing inclusive spaces, mental health, and action & activism within the LGBTQIA+ community. This coming year, we are engaging the community on conversations addressing Community building from scratch, Life, Spirituality & Religion, Sexual Health and much more.
Queer Lunch is a BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) event with some food provided by Rad-Dish Co-op and is open to all students and staff members at Temple University.
Our remaining Queer Lunches for the Spring 2016 semester are on the following dates:
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 11 - 12 pm at the Wellness Resource Center
Topic: Queer in STEM
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 11 - 12 pm at the Wellness Resource Center
Topic: Intercommunity Issues
National Coming Out Week is a week-long, campus –wide event that celebrates and encourages support for the LGBTQIA+ community. Each October, the Wellness Resource Center collaborates with Residential Life and many other departments to organize a series of events. This year, NCOW is from Monday, October 12 – Thursday, October 15, 2015. The program includes the following events: NCOW Fest, “Come Out, Speak Out,” an “NCOW Professional Development Panel,” a Drag Show, and a “Life After Temple” Alumni Panel Discussion. Please check our NCOW events site for more details on how you can participate and get involved.
Lavender Graduation is an annual commencement ceremony honoring the achievements and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and asexual students. The event provides an opportunity for our community to unite and honor those among us who have worked to make Temple University a safer, more inclusive space for LGBTQIA people. We look forward to planning toward our 2016 ceremony beginning in the spring. Please feel free to contact Kim Chestnut at Kimberly.Chestnut@temple.edu or Sheena Sood at Sheena.Sood@temple.edu if you want more information or have any questions.