To Our Office of LGBT Life Community,

As we reckon with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are eager to connect with you – our vibrant community of students, staff, faculty, and alumni. While this time looks drastically different than what we are accustomed to, our staff is committed to creating opportunities for community building, connection, advocacy, and support. We understand that space, community, and proximity to others are hallmarks of the Office of LGBT Life, and we will work with you to create and fine tune our efforts to meet the needs of this new normal. 

Although our office space is closed and our staff is remote, we are ever more present and focused on providing the necessary support for our queer and trans students. As staff in the Office of LGBT Life, we are keenly aware of the disproportionate impact COVID-19 has on the queer and trans communities. From housing insecurity and unemployment to inadequate access to healthcare and mental health issues, we know our community faces significant challenges. Coupled with the inability to physically connect with our chosen communities and families, this time is incredibly difficult, especially for those students who returned to unwelcoming or unsafe environments.  We encourage you to reach out to us for support as we navigate concerns for our community’s safety and well-being.

As we adapt, we ask for your feedback, your ideas, and your input. For the foreseeable future, we will continue offering our signature programming with a virtual spin. This includes: 

  • Queer Discussion Groups via Zoom
  • Safe Space training for organizations, offices, and departments
  • LGBTeas, which will involve mailed supplies for communal engagement
  • Graduate Student initiatives, including writing workshops and mixers
  • BIPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) specific programming
  • Weekly check-ins and office hours with Danielle, Megan, and Jackie to answer questions and provide support 

We ask for your grace, empathy, and flexibility as we navigate this difficult time, and commit to extending those same ideals to you – our community. Together, we will traverse this time through care of ourselves and each other. 

 

In community,

The Office of LGBT Life