LGBTQ Student Services Kicks off the New Semester

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LGBTQ Student Services held a Welcome Back Potluck on Monday, January 26 to kick off a new semester full of fun and supportive events. Senior Biology major and Program Assistant for LGBTQ Student Services Alex Bates hosted the potluck with Coordinator of LGBTQ Student Services Clint Neill. The event was held in the Aldoum Lounge, and was meant to allow, “students, faculty, and staff to come together and meet new people, celebrate the start of the semester, and learn more about our programs offered throughout the semester,” according to Bates.

Along with LGBTQ Student Services, students of all gender identities and sexualities can find many other LGBTQ-centered on-campus resources and events, such as St. Mary’s Triangle and Rainbow Society (STARS), Feminists United for Sexual Equality (FUSE), Transgenda Club, and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department itself. Upcoming events hosted by LGBTQ Student Services include the Comm[unity] workshop this semester (held on February 17 and March 31), which, according to Bates, “is an educational workshop to provide you with the tools to be a better advocate for all gender and sexual minorities.”

Additionally, Bates wants students to know that “LGBTQ Student Services has a collection of books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, and travel guides that students can check out from our library.” His hope is that through these events and resources, “LGBTQ [students] will continue to find themselves a part of an open-minded, accepting, and understanding community.”

Interested students can attend LGBTQ Student Services’ next events, including Comm[unity] and all of Gaypril’s fun and informative events, such as an educational program on April 2 and a Movie Night on April 22. Lavender Graduation, a ceremony that celebrates graduating students of all gender and sexual minorities, will take place on April 10. A full list of on-campus resources can be found here: http://www.smcm.edu/lgbtq/on-campus-resources/

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