Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Announcement: UNCG Faculty & Staff Workshops: Violence Response

One of the new positions on UNCG's campus is the LGBTQ+ Advocacy and Training Coordinator in the Campus Violence Response Center, and Kate Rawson has been hired for this important position.

As per Ms. Rawson: "As you probably know, we have a large number of LGBTQ+ identified students on our campus. What you may not know is that this population experiences high rates of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, harassment, and stalking. I encourage you and/or your team to attend one of the open workshops scheduled this semester that will increase your awareness and skills around supporting LGBTQ+ victims and survivors of violence. The first will be next Wednesday, September 19, from 4-5pm in Bryan 113! These are listed on the workshops.uncg.edu page and the attached flyer.

If your department is interested in a private training on this topic tailored to your needs, you can request that via email. For more info on all CVRC workshops, visit: https://cvrc.uncg.edu/for-facultystaff/request-a-presentation/"

White Paper: Queer-Spectrum & Trans-Spectrum Student Experiences in Higher Education

Below is the link to a white paper on Queer-Spectrum and Trans-Spectrum Student Experiences in Higher Education:


Friday, August 31, 2018

RESCHEDULED: Dr. Arielle Kuperberg's Talk

Heterosexual College Students Who Hookup with Same-Sex Partners

A Brown Bag Lunch Talk

Who: Dr. Arielle T. Kuperberg in the UNCG Sociology Dept.
When:  Previously scheduled for: Friday, September 14, 2018 at 12:15pm, Rescheduled for Friday Sept. 28th at 12:00pm
Where: Previously scheduled in: UNCG Faculty Center, Rescheduled for Elliot University Center Claxton Room
Food: Bring your own lunch, light refreshments will be provided

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Stacey Waite: Poetry, Pedagogy Workshop, & Graduate Student Discussion

The poet, teacher, and scholar Stacey Waite will be visiting UNCG campus from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Sept. 18th - 19th 2018.

Through the support of the English Department, the MFA Program, the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and HNAC, faculty and graduate students will have several opportunities to engage with Waite's exciting work.

Poetry Reading

What: Poetry reading drawing from Waite's published poetry, including the recent collection Butch Geography
When: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 at 7:00pm
Where: Scuppernog Books

Pedagogy Workshop

What: Pedagogy workshop: Queering Classroom Norms
Who: Open to instructors across UNCG campus
When: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 at 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Where: UNCG, Moore Humanities & Research Administration (MHRA) Building, Room 2711
Bring: Please bring a digital or hard copy of a syllabus to use as a point of inquiry.
Food: Coffee and snacks provided, brown bag lunches welcome

Graduate Student Discussion

What: Open discussion about professionalization, research, academic careers, and more.
Who: Open to all, but has a graduate student focus
When: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 at 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Where: UNCG, Moore Humanities & Research Administration (MHRA) Building, Humanities Lounge
Food: Snacks and drinks provided

Waite's most recent book, Teaching Queer: Radical Possibilities for Writing and Knowing, is available at the UNCG bookstore and is fully available digitally through the UNCG library, in case you'd like to check out Waite's work in advance of the visit, or assign any chapters in your courses.

For all questions or requests for accommodation contact: Risa_Applegarth@uncg.edu

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

LGBTQ+ Reception

You are invited to join the Office of Intercultural Engagement for their annual LGBTQ+ Reception, bringing together new and returning students, faculty, staff, and alumni, all LGBTQ+ or allied, as they kick-off a new year. This provides a visual showing of support for LGBTQ+ students, while giving them the chance to connect with many resources and opportunities for engagement in one place!

When: Sunday, Aug. 19th at 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Where: Intercultural Resource Center, room 62 in Elliot University Center

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Registration Deadline Extended! UNCG's 2nd Annual Safe Zone Summit

Greetings from the Office of Intercultural Engagement!

It's time to register for this summer's 2nd annual Safe Zone Summit, happening on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, from 10am-4:30pm in the Elliott University Center! Simply fill our our Safe Zone Summit Registration Form before Wednesday, July 25th, 2018. Registration is free for UNC Greensboro employees, and only $25 for attendees from other campuses.

What is the Safe Zone Summit?

The Safe Zone Summit is intended to provide an opportunity, outside of our standard Safe Zone Training for faculty and staff to explore aspects of LGBTQ+ identity more deeply and meaningfully. Consider this an information-packed, build-your-own-adventure rest area on your journey of continuing education around gender, sexuality, and creating more inclusive campuses.

Who can attend?

The Safe Zone Summit is tailored to faculty and staff however, feel free to also invite graduate students that work in your department. This year, we are extending our invitation to colleagues at nearby institutions for a smallregistration fee of $25.

What will the day look like?

The Safe Zone Summit will take place on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, from 10am-4:30pm . The majority of the Summit will consist of breakout presentations on a variety of topics, allowing attendees to craft their own experience.

For those wanting to review fundamental concepts around gender and sexuality in preparation for The Summit, we will be hosting a pre-conference session that morning, beginning at 8:30am.

We will close out our day with brief, guided group discussions. These groups are meant to provide space for processing what you've learned, and for considering how to best apply new strategies, skills, and knowledge in your daily work alongside colleagues from different departments and campuses.

I've attached the schedule so you can begin perusing our available sessions.

What else do I need to know?

Nothing! Simply mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, and expect an email from me in early July with more details. Until then, put on your learning pants and add another notch to that belt - because this is sure to be a day full of great information and important dialogue! 

We appreciate your commitment to inclusion, and look forward to engaging and learning alongside you during this important opportunity.

Please reach out with questions!

Elliott R. Kimball, M.Ed. (he/him/his; what is this?)
Assistant Director, Office of Intercultural Engagement
LGBTQ+ Outreach, and Advocacy | The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
062 Elliott University Center | (336) 334-3478

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Present at UNCG's Safe Zone Summit

The Office of Intercultural Engagement invites you to submit a proposal to present at our second annual Safe Zone Summit, happening on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, from 10am-4:30pm in the Elliott University Center.

All proposals must be submitted by end of day on Friday, June 15th, 2018

Below are a list of examples from last year's workshops:

Crash Course in LGBTQ+ Identities
Never attended a Safe Zone Workshop before? You’re in luck! This 45-minute conversational program will give you the opportunity to become more acquainted with LGBTQ+ identities, equipping you with language and basic knowledge before exploring more in-depth topics during the remainder of the Safe Zone Summit.

Exploring Sexual Orientation Microaggressions on Campus and in Residence Halls
What microaggressions--brief, everyday exchanges that denigrate individuals due to their group membership--are experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer students on campus and in their residence halls? What is the relationship of these microaggressions to LGBQ students' sense of belonging? This session presents findings from a 2-campus research study.

Understanding Asexuality: What does it mean to be ace?
What is asexuality? Asexuality is a sexual orientation that is not widely known about or discussed in society. This presentation will highlight the ongoing asexual definition debate, consider what identities currently fall on the asexual spectrum, and discuss the differences between orientation and behavior for an ace individual.

Navigating Professional Dress as a Queer, Genderqueer, and/or Nonconforming Professional
During this session, attendees will be introduced to concerns that queer professionals can run into when it comes to dressing “professionally”, along with resources that have been helpful to me through my own journey.

WorQing it Out: Tiny leaps creating big changes to support the alphabet soup
Excited about creating a culture of care for Queer and Trans folks but you just don't know where to start? This interactive session will allow you to put theory into practice! During this session, you will learn tips on how to enhance recruitment, training, support, and programming practices to support this diverse population. We will also explore some exclusive practices that may be keeping you and your office from reaching its full potential. Please join me for this interactive session that explores changes that you can make a difference for members of the LGBTQIA+ community!

Exploring Mental Health & Substance Abuse in LGBTQ+ Communities
LGBTQ+ communities are at higher risk for mental health and substance use concerns. In this session, we will explore what those concerns look like, as well as identify protective and risk factors affecting well-being of individuals and communities. Building on these, our discussion will consider ways we can enhance the overall well-being of LGBTQ+ communities.

The Status of Gender Neutral Housing in ACUHO-I Member Institutions 
How widespread is the practice of gender-neutral housing (GNH) and how is it being implemented? What barriers to establishing GNH have campuses encountered? What GNH policies have been developed? Results and implications of a national study of GNH at ACUHO-I member institutions will be shared and discussed.

Being an Ally in the Workplace 
During this session, we'll work through several scenarios meant to test our readiness to act as an ally in the workplace. Learn how your colleagues might approach a situation, share your own thoughts and strategies, and come clean about times when you aren't sure you were the best ally you could be. Walk away from this session with a clearer idea of your own strategy as an ally in the workplace!

What does it mean to be Nonmonosexual in a Gay/Straight World?
In this interactive session, participants will learn more about what it means to hold a nonmonosexual identity. We will debunk common myths, assess our own biases toward people who are nonmonosexual, and discuss the damaging implications of erasure both in our monosexist society and within the LGBTQ+ community.