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.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Safe Zone Summit 2018 - Registration Open

Presented by the Office of Intercultural Engagement at UNCG

You are invited to register for the second annual Safe Zone Summit, happening on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, from 10am-4:30pm in the Elliott University Center at UNC Greensboro. You may register via our Safe Zone Summit Registration Form.

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 small registration 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 titled "A Safe Zone Crash Course". You can register for this using the main registration form. 

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. 

How do I register?

That part is easy! Fill out our Safe Zone Summit Registration Form before Monday, July 2nd, 2018. Registration is free for UNC Greensboro employees, and only $25 for attendees from other campuses.

What else do I need to know?

Nothing! Simply mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, and expect an email from the OIE 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! 

The Office of  Intercultural Engagement appreciates your commitment to inclusion, and they look forward to engaging and learning alongside you during this important opportunity. 

Please contact their office with any questions.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Presentation: How To Access Hidden Histories

The University Libraries is partnering with the Office of Intercultural Engagement (IRC) to present "How To Access Hidden Histories" for UNCG Pride Month 2018.

Learn from the perspectives of our University Archivist and an expert in library science on how we explore hidden LGBTQ+ narratives and histories that often occurred under a shroud of necessary anonymity.

When: Monday, April 9th at 6:00pm
Where: IRC, in the EUC

For more information about other UNCG Pride Month events happening around campus in 2018, see the attached flyer.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

2018 Diversity and Global Engagement Expo Panel Discussion

An annual event, the UNC Greensboro University Libraries' Diversity and Global Engagement Expo features a collective sharing of music, food, culture and values.

At the the 31 January 2018 Expo, a panel of UNC Greensboro faculty and staff discussed the importance of diversity and multiculturalism in higher education.

Monday, February 12, 2018

UNCG Libraries Spring 2018 Diversity Lecture

Please join us for this upcoming free presentation (open to the public as well):


10 – 11 AM, Thursday, March 15, 2018


Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, UNC Greensboro


“Books, Boxes, and Bangles: Building Research Collections in African American History and Culture”


Randall K. Burkett, Curator of African American Collections, Rose Library, Emory University


While a graduate student Randall Burkett started collecting books to support his research on Marcus Garvey and on African American religious history. Over the years his collection expanded to include books, pamphlets, prints, newspapers, and ephemera related to African American life and culture. He has exhibited selections from his personal collection at Harvard University’s Widener Library, the Grolier Club in New York City, and elsewhere.

Since 1997, Burkett has been responsible for building Emory University’s collection of African American rare books, manuscripts, photographs, and print ephemera, and he has raised nearly three quarters of a million dollars to endow acquisition and fellowship funds for the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.

This lecture is part of the God's Trombones: African American Cadences and Culture symposium being held at UNCG March 15-16, 2018.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Ashby Dialogues and Symposium

Presented by LEARN, and sponsored by the UNCG University Libraries:

HB2: Bad Policy, Fack News & Real Impact

LEARN (LGBTQ+ Education and Resource Network) is hosting an Ashby Dialogue to encourage student-driven discourse with faculty and staff in a university-wide forum about HB2, both as a policy and a media phenomenon, and how this affects external and internal perceptions of LGBTQ+ communities.  The conversation takes place over two dialogues and a symposium. The first dialogue will be held on February 15, from 4-6pm in Mary Foust Residence Hall. We will discuss Bad Policy: How and why did it happen?

All students at UNCG (graduate and undergraduate), staff and faculty are invited to participate in this dialogue. 

Dialogue 1 - Bad Policy: How and why did it happen?

  • Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Parlor, Mary Foust Residence Hall (Pizza provided)
  • Facilitators: Jennifer Feather, Stacey Krim (from SCUA in Jackson Library), and Payton McGarry

Dialogue 2 - Fake News, Real Impact: How did the news characterize LGBTQ+ people, and what was the impact?

  • Friday, March 16, 2018, 12:00pm - 2:00pm (Lunch provided)
  • Office of Intercultural Engagement, EUC
  • Facilitators: Carla Fullwood and Elliott Kimball

Symposium - HB2: History, legacy, and impact

  • Friday, April 13, 2018, 9:00am - 12:30pm (breakfast served at 9am, program starts at 9:15am)
  • Cone Ballroom C, EUC
  • Speakers: TBD

For More Information:

Contact LEARN Facilitator Dialogue 1: Stacey Krim (from SCUA in Jackson 
Contact Jay Poole, LEARN Pedagogy Committee,