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February

Lunch 'n Learn: "Compassion: Empathy in Action"

February 15  (Monday), 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Location: JBK West Texas Room

  • Grab your lunch and join us to learn about a different LGBTQIA topic and enrich your knowledge!  A day is never wasted when you learn something new. The word "compassion" is from the Latin "to suffer with." More than just to feel with, it is what causes you to set aside your own agenda and be with someone. Compassion is relational. The aim of this presentation is to explore the neurobiological connection of compassion and developing relationships. We will discuss how compassion can be reinforced, unlearned, and relearned through focused self-awareness in order to cultivate our better selves while curbing our more hurtful tendencies. This Lunch 'n Learn topic will feature Dr. Lisa Davis, professor in the Department of Nursing.
     

March

Guest Speaker: emily danforth - Why I Wrote a Great, Big, Coming of Gay (Age) Novel and Why It Got Banned

March 7 (Monday), 7 p.m.
Location: Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

  • emily m. danforth's debut novel, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post (HarperCollins 2012), received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal, and was praised in the LA Times, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Stranger, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, and NPR, whose reviewer called it "a skillfully and beautifully written story that does what the best books do: It shows us ourselves in the lives of others." emily has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Montana and a Ph.D in English-Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her short fiction has won the International Queer Writing Award from the U.K.'s Chroma Magazine, and the George Garret Award from Willow Springs. emily's nonfiction has been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and in The Huffington Post. She teaches creative writing and literature courses at Rhode Island College in Providence and is also 1/3 of the editorial/publishing staff of The Cupboard, a quarterly prose chapbook.  For more information: www.emdanforth.com.
     

April

Lunch 'n Learn: "News Media Coverage of Vulnerable Populations"

April 11  (Monday), 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Location: JBK West Texas Room

Grab your lunch and join us to learn about a different LGBTQIA topic and enrich your knowledge!  A day is never wasted when you learn something new.  This Lunch 'n Learn topic will feature Dr. Butler Cain, professor in the Department of Communications.

Gender Studies Panel - Faces of Feminism

April 21 (Thursday), 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Location: Fine Arts Center

  • Faces of Feminism - Conservative & Traditional Views.  Featuring Jaycee Winters, Andrea Porter, and Paula Schlegel.

Safe Zone Training

April 22 (Friday), 1-5 p.m.
Location: JBK West Texas Room

  • Buff Allies include students, staff, and faculty who have attended the four-hour Safe Zone workshop exploring the unique needs and concerns the LGBTQIA community faces in higher education while also building their knowledge, skills, and abilities for creating a more inclusive and affirming campus for all students. Additionally, Safe Zone members display a Buff Allies placard in a visible location such as a door to an office that identifies them as a friend, supporter, and campus resource for anyone seeking information or a listening ear. This placard identifies dedicated safe spaces on campus for LGBTQIA individuals to connect with allies to the community.
  • During the Safe Zone training, members develop an understanding of LGBTQIA terminology and symbols, history, concepts of privilege and identity development, interact with a panel of LGBTQIA speakers, and build skills for identifying and interrupting language and behavior that may be discriminatory. Campus resources and reporting processes are also shared.
  • Contact Dr. Kristina Drumheller at kdrumheller@wtamu.edu or 806-651-2816 to RSVP!

 

May

    TBD

 

June through August

New Student Orientation – Buff Allies Table in Legacy Hall

Buff Allies hosted a table at all six New Student Orientations last summer!

Buff Allies faculty staffing a table at new student orientation

Dr. Medlock (left) and Dr. Stuntz at the Buff Allies Table

Buff Allies Student and staff allies staffing a table at new student orientation

Alice MillerMacPhee (left), Sergeant Nethery (center),
Lana King at the Buff Allies Table 

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