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Below are Campus Center bulletins, notices, and some highlights of our recent events and programs.  For up-to-the-minute news and updates, please follow the LGBT CC on Facebook and @lgbtcc on Twitter.

Note to Community

Posted June 13, 2016

Our hearts are heavy as LGBTQ communities in Orlando and across the country- particularly Latinx, Muslim, and Black queer and trans people of color- face extreme violence and threats of violence. June is important to many communities- we recognize National LGBTQ Pride Month and Juneteenth, and Ramadan this month, all opportunities for us to remember the resilience of our communities, our ability to be strong with and for one another, and continue to hope for equity, inclusion, and justice. In the coming days, the LGBT Campus Center will be an open space for people to process and be in community with one another. We value you and you are important to us.

Seek assistance:

The LGBTCC and the Crossroads community are here for you, and UHS offers a 24/7 crisis line at 608-265-5600, option 9. You may also want to access one of the resources below:

Handouts:
Coping with critical incident stress- English
Cómo manejar el estrés en una situación crítica- Español

Helplines:
- Trevor Project: www.thetrevorproject.org
- Trans Lifeline: www.translifeline.org
- I'm alive support chat: www.imalive.org
- Text a crisis counselor: 741741

Note to LGBTCC Constituents

Posted June 1, 2016

Friends:

Whether you are here in Madison or not, I hope that your summer is getting off on a great start. The sun is finally out and we will soon be starting our planning for the next semester here at the LGBT Campus Center.

As you know, the Chancellor, alongside the Division of Student Life and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement, has been working to gather and recommendations and actionable proposals from the UW-Madison community to move forward together towards a positive campus climate.

One of these initiatives is a pilot launch of a cultural competency program for incoming students this coming Fall 2017. Joshua Moon Johnson has agreed to lead this groundbreaking effort, devoting his time and energy to the launch of this pilot. Joshua will be leading this work as the interim Special Assistant to the Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students.

As such, I’ve been asked by the Division of Student Life to also serve as interim Director of the Multicultural Student Center beginning June 1, 2016. This is an honor and an exciting opportunity and I am excited to serve alongside the dedicated staff at the MSC. Through the 2016-17 academic term I will have a dual appointment as Assistant Dean and Director of the LGBT Campus Center and Director of the Multicultural Center. During this time my main office will relocate to the Multicultural Student Center, 2nd Floor, Red Gym.

Continuity of service for the students and communities that are served by the MSC and LGBT CC is paramount. As such, I’m also pleased to announce that Katherine Charek Briggs has agreed to serve as interim Associate Director of the LGBT Campus Center, and will ensure that the day-to-day operation of the LGBT CC are seen after.

Additionally, the MSC and the LGBT CC will each be hiring an additional professional staff member each. Recruitment for these professional staff positions has begun, as these positions will have a limited term employment of one year and one day.

Undoubtedly, our communities will have to continue to be resilient, flexible, nimble, and authentic as we grow together. I’m looking forward to working with you all to deepen our commitment to the intersectional lives of our students.

I welcome any questions or concerns.

In solidarity and service,

Gabe Javier

In solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter

Posted December 5, 2014

Friends:

Recent events in Ferguson, MO, New York, and Ohio, and the powerful demonstrations that they have inspired deeply affect us in our home communities. The struggle for safe, just, and inclusive spaces is not just the struggle of LGBTQA+ people, but also the struggle of communities of color, communities across the disability spectrum, and communities at these and many dynamic intersections. When we raise up the call that #BlackLivesMatter we are also raising the voices of the black queer, trans, and gender nonconforming members of our LGBTQA+ communities.

Find your communities of support and resilience where and when you can. For students, that can include connecting with Mental Health Services at University Health Services, student assistance at the Dean of Students Office, African American Student Services and Outreach, the Multicultural Student Center, and the LGBT Campus Center.

The LGBT Campus Center works through an intersectional, social justice lens. We are in solidarity with members of our community for whom the realities of injustice, bias, and hate are felt interpersonally, institutionally, and all points in between. These realities are not new and our collective solidarity and action must continue.

Sincerely,

Gabe Javier
Katherine Charek Briggs
Sheltreese McCoy
and the community of the LGBT Campus Center

Graduates celebrated at 21st annual Rainbow Graduation

Posted June 2, 2014

On Wednesday, May 14th, the LGBT Campus Center honored some of the amazing LGBTQIA and ally students who have completed or will complete their bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree in 2014. Also honored were scholarship recipients, Rainbow Award winners and the Honorary Rainbow Degree recipient. This year's Honorary Rainbow Degree was presented to Dr. Finn Enke for their scholarship on the history of gender and sexuality and their work with students to create trans-friendly classrooms and pedagogies.
Along with Dr. Finn Enke, both Assistant Dean and Director of the LGBT Campus Center Gabe Javier and Dean of Students Lori Berquam addressed the attendees. The words given spoke of encouragement for future endeavors as well as congratulations and reflections on all that the graduates have accomplished during their time at UW-Madison.
We would like to thank all of the friends, family, staff, and faculty who celebrated this evening with us. Pictures from the event are posted on the Facebook photo albums: photo screen pictures and event pictures

QUELP students present work

Posted May 18, 2014

Queer Emerging Leaders Program (QUELP) is a thirteen-week program tailored for undergraduate students who are interested in exploring queer identity and developing leadership skills that will help them serve their communities. On February 3rd, 2014, twelve new students began QUELP and were partnered with agencies, located both on and off campus, to work on an assortment of projects.
On April 21st, QUELP participants welcomed community members to come and hear short presentations describing what each participant had accomplished during their time in the program. The presentations ranged in topic from students offering suggestions on how the agencies could be more LGBTQ friendly to discussing a bill that will be offered to student government for approval.
QUELP is run every Spring semester and encourages any first or second year student who is interested to register! Find out more on the QUELP page

#RedefiningRealness: An Evening with Janet Mock

Posted May 1, 2014

We greatly appreciate everyone who made the Out & About Month 2014 Keynote with Janet Mock such a great success! On Wednesday, April 17 we had the honor of collaborating with the Multicultural Student Center, the Chadbourne Residential College, and the Wisconsin Union Directorate- Distinguished Lecture Series to bring our keynote speaker, Janet Mock, to campus. 

Ms. Mock is a writer, an advocate, and the New York Times bestselling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, released by Atria Books/ Simon and Schuster 2012. She is also known for her campaign launch of #GirlsLikeUs, a movement that encourages trans women to live visibly. We were amazed at the turnout of almost 600 people and appreciate everyone who stayed and got their book signed and picture taken with Janet Mock. Check out the pictures from the event at the event's Facebook photo album!

Reaffirming Our Commitment to Trans Communities: a note from the Division of Student Life and the LGBT Campus Center

Posted October 3, 2013

Dear friends of the LGBT Campus Center:

This past Fall, Chancellor Rebecca Blank affirmed the University's commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students in her comments at the LGBTQ Welcome Back Ice Cream Social: "…one of the University's top priorities is to foster a diverse and inclusive community…I want to make sure you hear that from me...you are Wisconsin."

The Division of Student Life and the LGBT Campus Center community of faculty, staff, and students reiterates and reaffirms our commitment to communities across the spectrums of gender identity and gender expression. Transgender, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and gender creative people are our professors, department administrators, teaching assistants, advisors, counselors, mentors, classmates, and friends. Our communities expect the same things: respect, inclusion, and affirmation. Transphobia and homophobia in its many forms hurt not only its intended targets, but our collective communities. When harmful words and deeds are directed towards communities because of gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, we are all reminded of the historical, current, actual, and ongoing violence that homophobia and transphobia create. Homophobic and transphobic environments are antithetical to the learning environments and campus climate that the Wisconsin Experience demands and in which the Wisconsin Idea thrives. Our remedy is to continue to celebrate these communities and interrupt and address hate, bias, and discrimination directly and without waiver.

We hope you join us in this sentiment.

On Wisconsin,

Lori Berquam, PhD
Vice Provost for Student Life and Dean of Students

Gabe Javier
Assistant Dean of Students and Director, LGBT Campus Center

If you believe that you have been the victim or witness of hate and bias, you may report it here: http://students.wisc.edu/doso/biasreporting.html

Ice Cream Social a Success!

Posted September 6, 2013

Thank you to all those who helped make the 2013 Ice Cream Social and Resource Fair an amazing success. Over 400 people came by the Center to connect with important campus resources, check out the LGBT CC space, and meet the Campus Center community. Rep. Mark Pocan stopped by to scoop some ice cream and Chancellor Rebecca Blank offered welcoming comments. Check out all the pictures on the Facebook. We look forward to seeing you at our other Wisconsin Welcome events. 

Preferred Name Policy released

Posted August 30, 2013

The University recognizes that as a community many of its members use names other than their legal names to identify themselves. The University began a phased implementation of a preferred first and/or middle name policy that allows eligible students to indicate their preferred first name to the university community regardless of a legal name change. Faculty and staff will soon also be able to indicate their preferred names.

Students can update their contact information in My UW-Madison (see the Student Personal Information portlet within the Student Services tab). When available, faculty and staff will be able to update their information in the Personal Information portlet within the Work Record tab.

While the campus will begin its phased implementation this fall, eventually all campus systems will recognize your preferred name.

"Many people don't realize how often and in how many places one's name appears," says Dean of Students Lori Berquam. "A system that allows a person to be called by the name that they prefer makes sense and benefits our students and communities. The use and integration of preferred names across university's system furthers our commitment to create a UW that is inclusive of all people."

As long as the use of the preferred name is not for the purpose of misrepresentation, it will begin to appear instead of a legal name in university-related records and documents. In cases where the use of a legal name is required by university business or for a legal need, the preferred name will not be used.

Visit these help documents, come by the CC, or contact the DoIT Help Desk for more information.

Media contacts:
Michelle Young, Preferred Name Project Manager
meyoung@em.wisc.edu

Gabe Javier, Assistant Dean of Students and Director, LGBT Campus Center
gjavier@studentlife.wisc.edu

Rainbow Graduation 2013: Success!

Posted May 20, 2013

On Thursday, May 16, the LGBT Campus Center community was honored to celebrate our scholarship recipients, award winners, and Class of 2013 at the 20th Annual Rainbow Graduation.

Thirty accomplished students walked in the ceremony in Tripp Commons, Memorial Union and were applauded by a full audience. In honor of their accomplishments, four students received peer- and colleague-nominated awards at the ceremony. Staff also presented the inaugural Honorary Rainbow Degree to Dr. Karma R. Chávez for her extensive scholarship and her work for justice in and across LGBTQ communities. Assistant Deans of Students Argyle Wade and Gabe Javier also made remarks, and a festive reception followed.

We want to acknowledge that we can only do this work with the support of our many friends, colleagues, and allies. It is only fitting that we end each year by gathering to recognize the accomplishments of our students and join in community to bid them a fond farewell.  We look forward to the great things all the graduates will do!

Rainbow Graduation 2013 program

Alison Bechdel to Deliver Keynote Lecture

Posted March 29, 2013

The LGBT Campus Center is honored to welcome artist, author, and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel to UW-Madison for our Out and About Month keynote event.

Wednesday, April 17th, 7pm, Elvehjem L160

Alison’s influential work on queer identity, political awareness, and personal narrative will resonate with students and the campus community. Don’t miss this evening with one of today’s most prominent queer public figures!

Sponsored by the LGBT Campus Center, Division of Student Life

With generous support from:

  • Distinguished Lecture Series-Wisconsin Union Directorate
  • New Harvest Foundation
  • Lectures Committee, Office of the Secretary of the Faculty
  • UW-Madison Libraries
  • Chadborne Residential College
  • Department of English
  • Center for the History of Print & Digital Culture
  • University Health Services

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