NEWS FROM THE PROVOST
One of the signature initiatives of the GLBT Center is the GLBT Advocate Program, which launched last year and had over 100 participants in its inaugural year. The program is a continuing education and engagement program for NC State faculty and staff designed to provide ongoing opportunities for learning and for showing support as allies and advocates of the GLBT community. Faculty and staff who would like to participate in the program agree to complete one educational workshop and attend one GLBT event on campus each year.
The GLBT Center will offer four new workshops during the 2016-2017 academic year: “What is Racial Justice?” in October as part of GLBT History Month, “The Spectrum of Sex: Exploring Intersex Identities and the Relationship to Gender” in November as part of Transgender Awareness Week, “Not Driven by Desire: Understanding Asexual and Aromantic Relationships” in March as part of Women’s History Month and “Sitting with Privilege” in March as part of the GLBT Center’s annual Week of Action.
In addition to the new workshops, the GLBT Center will continue to offer its introductory workshops, Project SAFE (three times each semester) and Trans 101 (twice each semester), as well as several of the workshops that debuted last year: “Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions” in October as part of GLBT History Month and in February as part of Black History Month, “Cultural Values about Gender and Violence in the Trans Community” in November as part of Transgender Awareness Week, and “Interpersonal and Sexual Violence in the GLBT Community” in April as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
The GLBT Advocate Program is a one-year commitment. Faculty and staff who participated last year are invited to re-enroll for the 2016-2017 academic year. The GLBT Center also invites all faculty and staff who haven’t participated in the program before to sign up. All GLBT Advocate Program workshops are open to faculty, staff and interested community members. Participation in the GLBT Advocate Program is not required to attend any of the workshops. See the website for more information about the program or to sign up online.
Questions about the GLBT Advocate Program can be directed to Preston Keith, assistant director of the GLBT Center.