Vice Chancellor Hall’s Remarks on National Center Awareness Day

This is National Center Awareness Day—a special occasion when we get to recognize all that LGBTQ Centers do for their communities.  The OUTreach Center has been making a difference on campus for nearly five years.  In that time, OUTreach has given students a place where they belong.  It provides volunteer and leadership opportunities, a chance for understanding and visibility, and a place for community and pride.

 

On this inaugural Center Awareness Day, we celebrate all that OUTreach is and all that it can be.  In a letter to Centers around the country, President Obama said, “Centers like yours help us become not only more accepting, but more equal as well.”  And, this is true.  The Center is helping to make our campus more accepting, more fair, and more equal.

 

But, there is a lot of work to do.  And here is where you all come in.  Just last month, Princeton Review ranked UT, Knoxville as the 14th most Unfriendly University for LGBT students.  That needs to change. And we will change it together.  I invite you to take a pledge to support OUTreach–To attend their programs, to promote their work, to advocate for full funding and support, and to donate, as you are able.  Whether you are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual or an Ally, you have a role to play for OUTreach.  Like I always say, Diversity is everybody’s everyday work.

 

Today is the kickoff of the OUTreach Center’s 5 for Five fundraising campaign.  Our goal is to raise $77,500 by the end of Spring 2015 in celebration of OUTreach’s 5th anniversary.  Now, how did we come up with $77,500? Well, it is 5000 supporters giving $5, 500 supporters giving $50, 5 supporters giving $500 and 5 supporters giving $5000.  So, you see, there is a giving level for everyone. :) Earlier today I made a donation of $500 to the campaign. So, now we only need four more at that level. My hope is that we will surpass the goal demonstrating that there is a lot of support for the Center and the students it primarily serves.

 

I appreciate your support, Donna appreciates your support, but most importantly the students benefit from your support.  With your help, I look forward to seeing UT on the most Friendly list in years to come.

September Newsletter Links

In Higher Education

 

Duke adds SOGI on its admissions forms >>

 

Trans* students welcome at Mount Holoyoke >>

 

Banned Books Week, Sept 21-26, Frequently Challenged Books

 

Bold New Politics of Children’s Books >>

 

Between Tolerance and Acceptance >>

 

AAUP warns against trigger warnings >>
Rising number of LGBTQ Youth Homeless >>

 

Meaning of Pink >>

 

Productivity or Sexism >>

Welcome Week Recap

Recap: Welcome Week Event

 

More than 80 students attended the Welcome Week Welcome Event.   Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Rickey Hall and OUTreach Director, Donna Braquet (photo) both took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Tanisha Jenkins (photo), Director of Multicultural Student Life took the challenge too!

First Annual Fall Family Weekend at OUTreach

Recap: LGBTQ Vol Family Welcome
The OUTreach Center hosted its first annual Welcome LGBTQ Families event during Fall Family Weekend.   Parents and students alike enjoyed conversation and watching the game. One mom provided henna tattoos for everyone. Photos are at JWhiteHenna’s Facebook page.

Diversity Orgsanizations on Campus

OUTVOLS (LGBTQ and Ally Students)

Lambda Law Society

OUTGrads

Campus Disability Advocates

Latino American Student Organization

Black Cultural Programing Committee

Native American Students Association

Black Graduate & Professional Student Association

Asian American Association

Indian American Association

SGA Diversity Affairs

Black Law Society

Law Women

Korean Student Association

Middle Eastern Student Association

Student Organization for Deaf Awareness

Women’s Coordinating Council

OUTVOLS (LGBTQ and Ally Students)

Lambda Law Society

OUTGrads

Campus Disability Advocates

Latino American Student Organization

Black Cultural Programing Committee

Native American Students Association

Black Graduate & Professional Student Association

Asian American Association

Indian American Association

SGA Diversity Affairs

Black Law Society

Law Women

Korean Student Association

Middle Eastern Student Association

Student Organization for Deaf Awareness

Women’s Coordinating Council

Fall Family Weekend

The OUTreach: LGBTQ and Ally Center welcomes families of LGBTQ students and LGBTQ families to an open house during Fall Family Weekend.   OUTreach staff and student leaders will be available to discuss services and programs geared toward diversity, inclusion, and equality for all LGBTQ students.  Refreshments will be served. Please register.Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 3.27.53 PM

Welcome Abel!

Abel is the Center’s new graduate assistant.  We are so glad to have him on board.  Stop by and say hello.

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