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The GLBT community is incredibly diverse, and understandings about gender and sexual orientation are constantly evolving. Consequently, there is always new information to get out to the campus community and always more information than we could ever cover in one workshop. Thus, the GLBT Center launched a new initiative — the GLBT Advocate Program — during the 2015-2016 academic year. The GLBT Advocate Program is intended to be a continuing education and engagement program for NC State faculty and staff. The Program is designed to provide faculty and staff with ongoing opportunities for learning and for showing their 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. To sign up to participate in the GLBT Advocate Program, click here. See the info below for a list of upcoming educational workshops you can register for. Check out our calendar for upcoming events.

Project SAFE is a three-hour introductory workshop open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop includes a wide range of information, including identity terms associated with the GLBT community, issues that GLBT students often deal with during the coming out process, concerns that GLBT students face both in and out of the classroom, ways that allies can create inclusive environments and the on- and off-campus resources available to students.

There are three Project SAFE workshops offered each semester.

Fall 2017 Spring 2018
Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 9:00-12:00 p.m. Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday, October 16, 2017 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 from 9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Register for a Project SAFE workshop.
If you are a person with a disability and need accommodations to attend a workshop, please contact us at 919-513-9742.

For more information about Project SAFE workshops please visit the Project SAFE page.

Trans 101 is a two-hour workshop open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop is designed to introduce participants to the spectrum of transgender, gender-nonconforming and gender-questioning identities and expressions. This workshops addresses common issues faced by trans students and strategies campus community members can use to be trans inclusive.

There are two Trans 101 workshops that are offered each semester.

Fall 2017 Spring 2018
Monday, September 25, 2017 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. Monday, April 9, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Register for the Trans 101 workshop.
If you are a person with a disability and need accommodations to attend a workshop, please contact us at 919-513-9742.

For more information about the Trans 101 workshop please visit the Trans 101 page.

Internalized Oppression
Monday, October 2, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 3222
Internalized oppression refers to the ways that individuals unconsciously learn, accept and reinforce ideas and attitudes that perpetuate inequity and oppression; this includes learned attitudes and actions related to internalized dominance and internalized subordination. This two-hour workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop helps participants learn to recognize the everyday, unchallenged assumptions we all make, to understand the impact of our assumptions on our own and others’ lived experiences and how to increase our ability to interrupt these dominant narratives that serve to perpetuate inequity and oppression.

Creating Accomplices: Supporting Queer and Transgender Students of Color
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 3222
Queer and transgender students of color face barriers and obstacles that are often left out of the narrative of GLBT lived experiences. Join the GLBT Center as we unpack the systemic oppression that impact and complicate the experiences of folks when race and ethnicity intersect with gender and sexuality. Discover ways that you can be move beyond being an ally for the queer and transgender community of color to being an accomplice.

Interpersonal and Sexual Violence in the GLBT Community
Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 3221
This workshop helps participants understand the ways that interpersonal and sexual violence are experienced by members of the GLBT community, reasons why GLBT people are less likely to report and ways to support GLBT survivors.

Shifting Our Framework for Supporting Students with Disabilities in the Classroom
Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 3222
Open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community, this workshop is designed to help members of the campus community create more inclusive environments for students with disabilities. The workshop addresses barriers that limit access, the impact of those barriers and concrete strategies for making the classroom more accessible.

Indistinct Distinctions: Sexism, Heterosexism and Trans Oppression
Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 3222
This two hour workshop will explore the nuanced, interacting aspects of sexism, heterosexism and trans oppression. Participants will learn about the historical manifestations of these systems and how those manifestations have evolved to create the cultural norms we perpetuate today.

Cultural Values about Gender and Violence in the Trans Community
Monday, November 20, 2017 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 3222
This is an in-depth workshop about how our cultural values about gender and violence impact the transgender community. This workshop explores the questions: How does the cultural environment in which we all participate perpetuate bias against the transgender community? How does this pervasive bias, conscious or unconscious, impact the lives of transgender, genderqueer, agender and gender-questioning people? This workshop will create a space where participants can explore the role of cultural values and their own role in creating or envisioning those values.

Register for these workshops.
If you are a person with a disability and need accommodations to attend a workshop, please contact us at 919-513-9742.

The Social Justice Syllabus: Tools for Integrating Inclusion into the Curriculum (GLBT Advocate Program: Lunch & Learn Series)
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Talley Student Union, Room 4101
Faculty have the opportunity to integrate social justice, inclusion and advocacy work into their curricula to help cultivate a community of conscious and socially aware student activists. However, many ask how to incorporate these themes into daily lesson plans. Join the GLBT Center as we discuss tools and strategies that can be utilized in the creation of a socially just syllabus.

Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America Film Screening and Discussion
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 3285
Join the GLBT Center as we screen the film Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America as a part of Hispanic Heritage Month. Living at the intersections of gender, sexuality and nationality, this film follows Moises Serrano, a queer and undocumented activist, as he fights for legal protections for undocumented immigrants across the state of North Carolina. Following the film, engage in a discussion that unpacks some of the systemic and institutional barriers present for folks who identify as GLBT and are undocumented in the United States.

National Coming Out Day: Painting the Free Expression Tunnel
Sunday October 9, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., Free Expression Tunnel
Join the GLBT Community Alliance (GLBTCA) as we celebrate annual National Coming Out Day by painting the Free Expression Tunnel. Paint supplies will be provided.

Navigating the Coming Out Process Workshop
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 4280
Join the GLBT Center as we prepare for annual National Coming Out Day by hosting a workshop on Navigating the Coming Out Process.

Ungendering Language: Examining the Impact of Language on the Construction of Gender
(GLBT Advocate Program: Lunch & Learn Series)
Thursday, October 19, 2017 in Talley Student Union, Room 3222
Join the GLBT Center and the Language Diversity Ambassadors as we explore the ways in which language and culture interact to shape the way that gender is constructed. Examine how the construction of gender through language influences the way people within cultures identify, define, and construct their own gender identity. As language shapes how cultures construct gender, learns ways that you can use language to be inclusive across the spectrum of gender.

Moonlight Film Screening and Discussion
Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in Witherspoon Student Center, Room 126
The film Moonlight received critical acclaim for its intimate portrayal of the lived experiences of the main character as he explored his identity at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender and class. Join the GLBT Center and the African-American Cultural Center as we view the film and discuss the representation of Black, queer masculinity in film, media and our cultural consciousness.

Exploring the Evolution of Legal Protections for the GLBT Community
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 3222
Over the past two decades, there have been many advances in legal protections for the GLBT community. While there have been many increases in laws, policies and guidance that protect the rights of the GLBT community, there have also been major setbacks and many needs left unmet. Join the GLBT Center as we explore the successes and losses in legal protections for the GLBT community within the United States.

Mapping Queer History at NC State: A Live Archiving Event
Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in Park Shops, Room 200
Queer History at NC State lies within the voices, experiences and instances of activism and resistance of its students, faculty and staff. As the GLBT Center prepares to enter its tenth year of being open on campus, we are collecting the stories, experiences and memories of current and past students, faculty and staff. Join us as we host a live archiving event and map our most recent queer history.

The Queerness of Native American Literature
Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Park Shops, Room 210
Themes of gender and sexuality can be found throughout many early Native American literary works. Highlighting gender, sexuality and gender expression within varying tribal cultures, the works illustrate how these identities were constructed prior to the influence of settler colonialism. Join the GLBT Center as we host Dr. Lisa Tatonetti to explore queer representation and identity within Native American literature.

Queer Memoir Workshop – “Gender”
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 4280
Everyone has a gender identity, but everyone experiences their gender or lack of gender differently. Explore your relationship with your gender through this workshop hosted by Kelli Dunham as part of the New York City’s Queer Memoir. Come prepared to reflect, write, hear others’ perspectives and share your own. Writing materials will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring laptops and tablets to type responses. Participants are also welcome to donate a copy of their work to the GLBT Archive for preservation.

Navigating Barriers while a Target: North Carolina Results of the U.S. Trans Survey
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 4270
What are the barriers and challenges faced by transgender adults in employment, healthcare, housing and education? Join the GLBT Center in an exploration of the effects of comprehensive discrimination on a marginalized community within our state.

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools – Discussion
Friday, November 17 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in Poe Hall, Room 512
In collaboration with the Women’s Center and the College of Education’s Education Awareness Week, the GLBT Center will host a discussion of the book Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique Morris. This text is a call to action around the inequalities of Black girls within K-12 education and describes the school-to-confinement pipeline, the high risk situations which affect the life trajectory of Black girls after being pushed out of school, setting them on the path to incarceration as well as physical and economic insecurity. GLBT and Women’s Center staff and graduate students will provide an overview of the book and facilitate a discussion of what needs to change in the education system.

Transgender Day of Remembrance Vigil
Monday, November 20 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. in Wolf Plaza (rain location: Talley Student Union, Room 3222)
Every year on November 20, communities across the globe hold vigils in remembrance of those killed by anti-transgender violence. This year, the GLBT Center will host a candlelight vigil as participants read the names and stories of those taken from us. A reflection on Transgender Awareness Week and trans inclusion on campus will follow.

These events do not require pre-registration.
If you are a person with a disability and need accommodations to attend an event, please contact us at 919-513-9742.

Recognizing Our Role in Classism
Monday, January 22, 2018 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 3222
Social class is an aspect of identity that too often goes undiscussed and unanalyzed. The impact of class oppression and the dynamics of classism have a profound effect on our daily lives. This two-hour workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop helps participants critically examine their own social location with respect to class, increase their understanding of the way classism operates and increases their ability to interrupt classist attitudes and actions. Register Here

Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions
Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 4270.
The term ‘microaggressions’ is used to refer to the “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative slights and insults” towards members of marginalized communities (people of color, women, GLBT people, people with disabilities, etc.). This three-hour workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop will help participants learn how to identify microaggressions, understand their impact and respond appropriately when they occur.  Register Here

 What is Racial Justice?
Monday, February 12, 2018 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 3285
Ours is a culture of competing conversations: on any given day, we hear people argue that we live in a post-racial society, our news headlines include stories of racial violence and students on campuses across our country challenge both ongoing racial climate concerns and the lack of appropriate institutional response. This two-hour workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop helps participants contextualize these conversations within our specific history of race relations, understand the ways racism operates (interpersonally, culturally, institutionally), and reflect on the ways each of us can and must play a role in creating cultural change.  Register Here

Shifting Our Framework for Supporting Students with Disabilities in the Classroom
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 4280
Open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community, this workshop is designed to help members of the campus community create more inclusive environments for students with disabilities. The workshop addresses barriers that limit access, the impact of those barriers and concrete strategies for making the classroom more accessible. Register Here

Addressing Harassing Behavior
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 3222
In our work towards equity, it is our responsibility to address and confront harassing behavior as it arises. This two-hour workshop explores the ways in which harassing behavior operates and how it often reinforces systems of oppression towards targeted groups and also provides strategies to interrupt these behaviors as they persist within our society. The workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. Register Here

 Community Accountability
Thursday, April 5, 2018 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 3222
There are many ways in which our society holds members accountable for harm, violence, abuse and discrimination, but are those methods equitable and healing? What does it look like to hold a community accountable for a systemic harm? How is that responsibility created, communicated and shared? This two-hour workshop introduces participants to one model of community accountability and begins to explore the answers to these questions. The workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. Register Here

Interpersonal and Sexual Violence in the GLBT Community
Tuesday, April 18, 2018 9:00-11:00 a.m. in Talley Student Union, Room 4101
This two-hour workshop is open to NC State undergraduates, graduate students, staff, faculty and alumni as well as interested members of the local community. The workshop is designed to help participants understand the ways that interpersonal and sexual violence is experienced by members of the GLBT community, reasons why GLBT people are less likely to report and ways to support GLBT survivors. Register Here

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodations to attend an event, please contact us at 919-513-9742.

Designing Social Justice Initiatives within Your College (GLBT Lunch & Learn Series)
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 12:00-1:00 p.m., in Talley Student Union, Room 3222
Faculty and staff across campus look for ways to engage students in conversations around equity, advocacy and liberation. Creating space for these dialogues looks differently across academic disciplines, university departments and colleges. Learn how two faculty members have designed a cohort-model within their college to engage students in intersectional social justice work.

Exploring the Intersections of Black Queer Identity: Panel Discussion
Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., in Talley Student Union, Room 4101
Join the GLBT Center as we explore the ways in which race, gender and sexuality intersect and shape the lived experiences of people who identify as queer and Black. We will engage in a panel discussion to unpack identity, representation, systemic oppression, building community, creating space, activism and resistance.

Decolonizing the Native Body: Representations of Native Women in Film and Media
Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 10:00-11:30 a.m., in Talley Student Union, Room 4280
Depictions of Native women within the dominant U.S. popular culture are often sexualized and based on stereotypes resulting in negative implications and poor representation. Join the GLBT Center as we host Dr. Chris Finley, assistant professor of American studies and ethnicity, to unpack the ways in which current depictions of Native people on film and television have been influenced by the settler’s colonial gaze and examine its larger impact on the construction of gender and sexuality.

Decolonizing Feminism: Examining Native Feminist Theory
Thursday, March 15, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., in the Currituck-Hatteras Ballroom, Talley Student Union
Western concepts of feminism have roots in settler colonialism, often highlighting the experiences and ideals from a westernize lens. Native feminist theories critique and dismantle the links between heteropatriarchy and settler colonialism on feminist ideology.  Join the GLBT Center and the Women’s Center as we host Dr. Chris Finley to discuss how the examination of settler colonialism within feminism exposes the current structure of settler colonialism and its impact on indigenous communities.

Leveraging Your Privilege in Support of Marginalized Communities (GLBT Lunch & Learn Series)
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Talley Student Union, Rm 3222
The power in allyship is the ability to utilize your privileges in support of the communities in which you stand in solidarity. At times, situations where you can utilize your privileges in support of a marginalized community may not be easy or comfortable. Join the GLBT Center as we explore ways that you can leverage your privilege and work to truly support the communities in which you are an ally.

I Am: Film Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m., in Talley Student Union, Room 3285
Join the GLBT Center as we screen the film I Am, which chronicles the journey of an Indian lesbian filmmaker who returns to home to Delhi to confront the loss of her mother, whom she never came out to. Witness her journey towards understanding as she speaks with families of gay and lesbian Indians following a movement to decriminalize GLBT identity in India. Following the film, engage in a discussion that unpacks some of the systemic and institutional barriers present for folks who identify as GLBT within India, and lasting influence of colonization in the history of GLBT identity.

Harm Reduction Supply Packaging Event
Monday, April 2, 2018 from 7:00-9:00 p.m., in Talley Student Union, Room 3222
Join the ASB San Francisco Team and the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) for a harm reduction supply packaging event. Learn about syringe exchange programs, opioid overdose prevention and other public health models while packing safer sex supplies, naloxone kits, and syringe exchange kits for distribution in the community.

Take Back the Night
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 5:00-10:30 p.m., in Talley Student Union, Stafford Commons (rain location: Talley Ballroom)
Take Back the Night (TBTN) is the earliest world-wide protest against sexual violence and violence against women, specifically. NC State’s TBTN march and rally is an event which reclaims the night and our campus for survivors of sexual assault. The outdoor portion of this event is followed by a private, survivor speak out.

Feminist Friday: Working Topic – QTWOC in Organizing
Friday, April 6, 2018 from 12:00-1:00 p.m., Women’s Center Lounge, Talley Student Union, Suite 5210
Feminist Fridays are facilitated conversations or activities centered on topics of gender equity. Join the GLBT Center and Women’s Center for a presentation around the unrecognized contributions of queer and trans women of color in activism.

Foregrounding Intersectionality in Your Work with Students (GLBT Lunch & Learn Series)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 12:00-1:00 p.m, in Talley Student Union, Room 3222
In our work as faculty and staff members, we must be cognizant of the ways in which identities and lived experiences are shaped and shifted by the systems of oppression we operate in daily. The recognition that the way students navigate this campus is influenced by the intersections of their identities and instances of oppression that complicate them are key in constructing spaces of equity. Join the GLBT Center as we explore strategies that can be implemented to foreground intersectionality into the ways that we work with and support students.

Lavender Graduation
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 7:00-10:00 p.m., Piedmont-Mountains Ballroom, Talley Student Union
Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the university.

If you are a person with a disability and need accommodations to attend an event, please contact us at 919-513-9742.