Denim Day! October 12th

Did you miss us Loyola? Welcome back! We know we haven’t been so good at updating our blog but we’re now back into the swing of things and we promise to keep you updated about all things GLBTA on campus. Check out the following exciting events on campus that promote diversity on our campus community:

This Monday, October 11, ONE Loyola and a number of departments at Loyola will be sponsoring a forum entitled “There’s More to Me than You See” highlighting the diversity of student experiences on campus. The forum is a response to Fr. Linnane’s initial letter regarding civility and respect for diversity at our university. We hope that you can make  it!

This Tuesday, October 12th, Loyola will participate in Denim Day, a day on which students are asked to wear some article of denim.  By deliberating choosing to wear denim, we communicate to all members of Loyola’s sexual minority community that there is indeed a place at the table for them here.   In essence, Denim Day helps to create an academic environment of inclusion and tolerance, an environment that moves us closer to our  ideals of unity and respect for all. On this same day, the annual Denim Day Speaker will be held at 6:30pm in Knott Hall B01.

Look out for signup sheets for Loyola’s annual VoiceOUT list. Add your name to the list and show that you support the GLBTA community. The names will be published in the Greyhound and they are a strong testament to the support and care Loyola has for our community.

In other news, Safe Zone training continues for faculty, administrators and staff at Loyola. For more info contact Terra Schehr at tschehr@loyola.edu or find out more at OUTLoyola.

Lastly, we would like to mention the horrible incident at Rutgers that took the life such a brilliant young man. Tyler Clementi’s death and the recent string of bullying-related suicides affect us all as a community. If you or someone you know is struggling to understand why things like this happen, seek support. Talk to your friends, roommates, RA’s, professors or administrators and of course Spectrum members and officers are here to support you. There are a number of resources that can help you throughout this difficult time. The Counseling Center is also a great place to sit down and talk to someone, visit their website for more info at www.loyola.edu/counselingcenter.

That’s all for now, have  a wonderful weekend and remember: It Gets Better.

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