Trump and others can hate, but my friends and I will keep fighting for the rights of all people to be treated with dignity, love, and respect. I am fortunate to be on a campus and with colleagues who share my values.
Brooks GSA gathered the other night to discuss recent religious liberty bill actions and LGBTQ matters in states like North Carolina. Rebecca Binder and I focused on Constitional matters related to past issues of race and current matters of identity and the power struggle between states, individuals, and the federal government. We had a great showing of students. Binder was the real star. Her legal training and interest in LGBTQ rights made for an interesting night. It is safe to say we learned a great deal. I was pushing students out of my house at 9:00.
Janette and I put together a “Safe Zone” workshop for Brooks School faculty and staff last year. Working with her has been a joy. We are thrilled to be in a community that supports GSA. Often, we sit around aiming to teach leadership skills to our GSA leaders in a way that allows them to lead our community. We are conducting this workshops tomorrow; it addresses LGBTQ student experiences, the importance of inclusive language, how to be a supportive ally, as well as how to respond when a student comes out. The workshop seeks to ensure that community members who display the new “Safe Zone” decal are prepared to assist a student who has made the decision to share their sexual or gender identity. Check out the decal above.
As faculty advisors, our Gay-Straight Alliance officers are working with us in hosting the faculty advisors and GSA leaders from the St. Mark’s School at our home for dinner Friday. It should be great as we aim to develop a closer relationship between the two boarding schools. Further, our officers prepared a new bulletin board in the main academic hall for parents weekend. Checkout the article posted on our webpage.