By Ciara Reid, staff reporter
MANHATTAN - As students squeeze out the last bit of fun from the summer, the upcoming school year looms large. For many, they are simply looking to survive their course load, have fun, and simply feel safe and included.
Kansas State University (KSU) offers numerous LGBT-focused groups to help educate and promote inclusivity and safety throughout the campus. The university details each LGBT group on the school’s website, which are summarized below. For more information, visit: www.k-state.edu/lgbt/.
LGBT Resource Center
The LGBT Resource Center is dedicated to helping LGBT students, staff, faculty and allied members of the campus and surrounding communities to be more secure, educated, and productive in their personal and professional surroundings. The Center, located in 207 Holton Hall, is open to all and provides information regarding resources available to those of differing sexualities and gender identities. The Center, opened in August 2010, currently has been awarded a five-star Premiere Campus rating based on the Campus Pride Campus Climate Index.
Key details: Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, 785-532-5352. Brandon H. Haddock, PhD, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA)
SAGA is a welcoming and safe student organization for those who identify as LGBTQ or are an ally to the community. Meetings include social activities, educational events, and guest speakers. Some prior events include: LGBT history presentations, game nights, queer movie nights, queer sex education, speakers on topics from mental health to various queer identities, and more.
Key details: Meetings every Thursday, 6:30pm-8:00pm, in the K-State Student Union in Room 206. Adam Carr, President, email@example.com.
LGBTQ Faculty Staff Alliance
The purpose of LGBTQ*FSA is to support and advocate for sexuality and gender-identity-based issues on the KSU campus. The LGBT faculty and staff along with campus allies seek to encourage and support K-State’s efforts in the recruitment, retention, and professional advancement of sexuality and gender-identity minority faculty and staff. This includes mentoring of junior faculty/staff, professional development, opportunities for advancement and promotion, and advocating for dual career issues.
The group also advocates for the university’s efforts in the recruitment and retention of diverse sexuality and gender-identity minority students, by serving as resources and mentors to the students, support of student organizations, and advisement of university recruitment, retention, and graduation efforts.
Key details: Contact the LGBT Resource Center for more information about the LGBTQ* FSA.
Kansas State University Gender Collective
The Gender Collective is an organization designed to provide a venue for individuals who are transgender, cross-gender, intersex, androgynous, gender variant, or otherwise involved in activities, expressions, or presentation that is divergent from their birth-assigned sex. The collective engages in outreach and educational efforts for the KSU faculty, staff, and students and Manhattan community to promote a better understanding and acceptance of gender diversity, expression, and identity issues. Gender Collective was started in the Spring 2016 by Riley Katz, last year’s president. 2016-2017 was the first full year of the club. During the first year, the club hosted two major events. The group organized an on-campus rally about the need for more gender-neutral restrooms on campus, as well as the need for the administration to explicitly voice their support for all students to be able to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond with their gender identity.
Key details: For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
oSTEM – Out in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
oSTEM is a national society dedicated to educating and fostering leadership for LGBTQA communities in the STEM fields. The mission of oSTEM at K-State is to: 1. Increase the representation of LGBTQ+ persons in STEM fields; 2. Foster a more open and welcoming environment within STEM fields at K-State; 3. Expose the LGBTQ+ community at K-State to professional development and networking opportunities in STEM; and 4. Highlight contributions LGBTQ+ individuals have made in STEM disciplines.
Key details: Meetings are every other Monday at 5pm in the Leadership Studies Building, Room 201. Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ostemksu/
Broad Spectrum student division of the Lesbian & Gay Veterinary Medical Association
Broad Spectrum is a global student organization of LGBT veterinary students and straight allies advocating for a welcoming and inclusive environment within the veterinary profession. The group strives to do the following: 1. Offer all students (LGBTQI and straight advocates) a forum for discussion and an environment where they can feel welcome and open; 2. Coordinate and promote activities that educate the college and Manhattan on issues surrounding the gay and lesbian community within the scope of veterinary medicine and in society as a whole; and 3. Provide a haven for those in need and a resource for people that are interested in educating themselves.
Key details: www.k-state.edu/lgbt/community/vetmedlesbiangay.html
In addition, K-State also hosts a Lavender Graduation, is a member of the Safe Zone program, and has an LGBT Fund set up through the KSU Foundation. l