LGBTQ+ Center celebrates Coming Out Week with educational events and programs – SALVEtoday

The Salve Regina LGBTQ+ Center opened in the 2021-2022 academic year as a physical space for LGBTQ+ students and their allies to foster community. The hiring of Emily Haggett, Coordinator of Student Engagement and LGBTQ+ Resources, for the LGBTQ+ Center in the summer of 2022 has also helped boost existing efforts to create campus events and educational opportunities to celebrate the Salve Regina’s mission of mercy through its diversity, equity and inclusion. efforts.

With that in mind, the LGBTQ+ Center is celebrating its first official Coming Out week and offering a variety of events to honor National Coming Out Day, which takes place on Tuesday, October 11.

“I’m really excited to finally have events like Coming Out Week,” Haggett said. “We planned this for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies to feel celebrated, seen, and heard for who they truly are. All of this programming will also help people who want to become allies to learn about these topics through safe and welcoming spaces for all.

Below is a list of Coming Out week events.

Tuesday, October 11

Celebrating National Coming Out Day
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
Lawn of Gerety Hall

The National Coming Out Day celebration will be a kick-off event for the rest of Coming Out week. Various activities promoting acceptance will be offered and coordinated by Alliance, the University’s LGBTQ+ student organization. There will be activities like lawn games and Atomic Blonde Ice Cream, an LGBTQ+ owned food truck, will be offering desert. Newport Out, a local LBGTQ+ organization, will also have a table to connect the University to local resources.

Wednesday October 12

Wear Your Flag Proudly: Rainbow Table Talk
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 4-5 p.m.
Gerety Pavilion, room 103

The LGBTQ+ center offers Rainbow Table Talk all semester, which is a weekly hour where the center meets with students and allies to talk about various LGBTQ+ topics in a safe space. For Coming Out Week, the subject will be around acceptance and loyalty to oneself and one’s own identity.

LGBTQ+ Quiz Night
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 8-10 p.m.
Gerety room

Join the weekly Trivia Night for an LGBTQ+ themed party.

Thursday October 13

Open to all Safe Zone training
Thursday, Oct. 13, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Gerety Pavilion, room 103

The LGBTQ+ Center offers Safe Zones training to campus departments and offices, which allows larger groups of people to begin learning about LGBTQ+ issues and become a safe resource for this community. Usually this is scheduled through the LGBTQ+ Center for departments or offices. However, on Thursday, October 13, the center will be offering Safe Zone training to anyone on campus who wishes to attend – staff, faculty, or students.

Friday October 14

Born This Way Cafe
Friday, October 14, 6-8 p.m.
Gerety Pavilion, room 102

Baila Conmigo
Friday, October 14, 8-10 p.m.
Gerety Pavilion, room 102

Friday will be a big start for Coming Out week. There will be a coffee shop from 6-8pm followed by a dance party called Baila Conmigo, which is a collaboration with the Office of Multicultural Programs and Retention, Hispanic and Latinx Student Organization and the Spanish Club to celebrate the Month of Hispanic heritage. This collaboration recognizes the intersectionality of marginalized minority communities, while celebrating diversity in all its forms.

For more information on any of these events, please contact Emily Haggett at [email protected] All events are open to the Salve Regina community, and there is no need to register.

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